London SE8 4SA
2 – 31 July 2011
Invaluable is a group show of artwork made by members of APT Studios. Curators Victoria Rance and Sheila Vollmer asked the artists to select one work from their past which they held to be particularly important to them, a seminal artwork, or one which continued to inform their practice now.
The curators were hoping that the act of looking back, remembering and thinking about which one work to choose, would act as a catalyst for the artists to reconsider what they particularly value about their artworks when revisiting either in memory or in their physical archive. Maybe it was an aspect that has not yet been fulfilled and was hinted at as a potential development in that work, the beginning of a new development yet to be completely explored, or even the first step as a practitioner. Other work has been important because it won prizes or particular recognition at the time, or it was on a huge scale or represented a radical shift. Some of the works thought of were previously destroyed or were performances or site specific, and these will be presented in the show through re-making, or through photographs, writing and other archival documentation.
What is interesting is the time from which artists have chosen work, which ranges in date from 1970 to 2010. Although born in different years, places, even countries, and affected by different influences and art movements through this, and through who happened to teach them, they have chosen these particular works to show now.
In All Said and Done, the last volume of her autobiography, Simone de Beauvoir wrote:
“When I was younger I was greedy for a continual stream of fresh sights, of new things to be seen. For a long time now I have found happiness in seeing what I have seen before. For me seeing a place again means mingling the faded softness of memory with the spark of what is new – inserting the brilliance of fresh discovery into a resuscitated past. Things are almost never quite the same as my recollection of them; or if they are, then they show me a different aspect of themselves.”
Ekkehard Altenburger | Heather Burrell | Fran Cottell | Tim Cousins | Tony Daley | Jeff Dellow | Arnold Dobbs | Cath Ferguson | Nic Godbold | Marilyn Hallam | Liz Harrison | Margaret Higginson | Clyde Hopkins | Catrin Huber | Stephen Jaques | Richard Lawrence | Steve Lewis | Alix MacSweeney | Paul Malone | Chris Marshall | John McLean | Mali Morris | Geoff Mowlam | Laurence Noga | David Oates | Brigitte Parusel | Nicola Rae | Victoria Rance | Geoff Rigden | Hideatsu Shiba | Lou Smith | Paul Tonkin | Sheila Vollmer | Roxy Walsh | David Webb | Rob Welch
Private View Saturday 2 July 6 - 8pm
Exhibition Open Thursday to Sunday from 12 noon - 5pm and at other times by appointment
Open Studios Weekend 2 and 3 July 12 noon - 6pm
Hand Made Food Dinner Sunday 3 July 7pm handmadefood.com
SLAM Last Fridays Friday 29 July 6 – 8pm