'Air I Breathe' featuring; Yoonjin Jung, Kate Terry, Little Whitehead and John Wynne
At the Rochelle School, Arnold Circus, London E2 7ES
From September 9 to October 7, 2011
'Air I Breathe' completes the circle of our exploration of the classical elements prior to
‘Bodhi’ (enlightenment) in November. Air I Breathe celebrates the contradictory nature
of this most divine and pure substance; seen as both superficial and representing the
intelligence of the soul, air was also believed to own the twin properties of heat and
moisture in ancient Greek medicine and was associated with blood as one of natures
'Air I Breathe' is a unique and exciting opportunity to see the ambitious work of four
diverse young artists whose work unfolds and plays with the freedom of installation
based sculpture. At turns provocative and simply beautiful, Air I Breathe will be a
thoughtful counterpoint to our usual concept of what a commercial gallery exhibition can
Craig Little and Blake Whitehead have worked together as Little Whitehead since
studying together at Glasgow School of Art in 2007. Notorious for their darkly humorous
conceptual pieces, which simultaneously un-nerve and provoke laughter, they are best
known for installations which employ life-size, realistic models of people in situations
which are surprising and sometimes terrifying. Their statement of intent; ‘We want to
beat you up visually’ is eloquently demonstrated in recent work which has employed
mechanical sculpture as well as transforming culturally significant objects, including The
Bible and Mein Kampf, by deep-frying or committing to ash. Little Whitehead have
exhibited to acclaim at the Saatchi Gallery, Gimpel Fils in London and Gallery K in Milan.
John Wynne’s stunning installation for 300 speakers, Pianola and vacuum cleaner was
one of the outstanding works in the Saatchi gallery’s 2010 survey of new British art,
‘Newspeak’. The first piece of sound art in Saatchi’s collection, this work of "frail
monumentalism" (Charles Darwent) united critics as disparate as Adrian Searle and
Brian Sewell in its praise. John’s disparate practice includes a project based on highly
endangered click-languages in the Kalahari Desert and another with heart and lung
transplant patients in the UK. His work with alarm sounds of his own design includes a
work banned by the City Council of Copenhagen for allegedly “frightening and confusing
the public” and another described as “an ambient, ghost-like presence”. John has a PhD
from Goldsmiths and his award-winning work has been exhibited and broadcast widely
around the world. He will create a new site-specific installation for ‘Air I Breathe’.
Kate Terry’s quietly spectacular installations employ simple materials such as thread
and pins to dramatically map and transform the spaces into which they are installed.
Recalling images of harmonic structures such as harps or the tightly ordered interiors of
a piano, her meticulous installations reveal themselves slowly to the viewer and offer a
seductive and sensational re-working of the spaces they inhabit. Kate’s work has been
shown to acclaim internationally and has been purchased for public collections including
the National Gallery of Canada.
Yoonjin Jung is a recent MFA graduate from the Slade. Her beautiful site-specific
sculptures and installations explore the concept of 'Seeing the Unseen’ and are inspired
by the emptiness in oriental painting and the definition of invisibility in relation to space.
Every aspect of her work is carefully considered and planned, including the seemingly
‘empty’ or ‘unused’ spaces, which are in fact an essential element of her approach to
sculpture. Yoonjin attempts to aid the viewer to an appreciation of the ‘unseen’ and to
stimulate a discovery of what lies between the fragile boundary of invisibility and the
visible. She has been a finalist at the London Art Award (UK) and E-Media Art Festival.
Air I Breathe will be complemented by a programme of talks and workshops, which
underline our ongoing commitment to delivering an inclusive and lively setting in which to
view and appreciate new and often challenging art. A Catalogue to accompany Air I
Breathe with an essay by Jean Wainwright and forward by Mila Askarova will be
published in September.
Jean Wainwright will chair a public seminar on installation sculpture at the Rochelle
School on 10th September from 12:00 - 1:30pm.
Notes to editors;
‘Air I Breathe’ is the 4th exhibition in the inaugural programme of exhibitions for Gazelli
Art House, a new commercial art organization founded in 2010 by Mila Askarova. All
exhibitions are curated by Mila Askarova.
The 5th and final exhibition for 2011 ‘ Bodhi’ (enlightenment) will take place in November,
the London location will be announced in June.
Our opening programme is designed as an introduction to Gazelli Art House, which will
launch a permanent gallery space in London in 2012. The location will be announced in
Mila Askarova, Founder and CEO of Gazelli Art House, and Curator of ‘Air I Breathe’,
was born and raised in Azerbaijan and educated in Turkey. She studied at the LSE,
Central St Martins and Christie’s, and has curated exhibitions in Baku and Istanbul, as
well as working as a private dealer in London. In 2011 she coordinated the Azerbaijan
Pavilion at the 54th la Biennale di Venezia.
Catalogues, designed by Ted Lovett with essays by curators and writers including Emilie
Trice, Ana Finel Honigman and Jean Wainwright accompany each exhibition, and will
form one publication at the close of the project.