Heeseung Choi and Nicholas John Jones
Private Viewing 18th April 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition Opening Hours 19th – 21st April 12pm – 4pm
Moments of quiet reflection seem increasingly fleeting amongst the high-paced buzz of contemporary city life. In hiatal Heeseung Choi and Nicholas John Jones, consider a gap, a transient break in a journey. The high, multi-levelled atrium is infused with instances of gentle, soft fragility that evoke contemplative spaces, offering moments of pause as you make your way through.
Heeseung Choi explores the variety of ways that space can be created or suggested. Her work presents intervals and transformations that define a mental space at the border between reality and fiction, memory and the potential present and absent.
Choi’s Whiteout series removes gravity and solidity from the objects that inform the works, creating a transient space without a specific sense of direction. The objects that provide structure for the works are absent, traces of their forms remaining in the porous skins now penetrated by air and light. Through this process, Choi causes the surrounded space to become object. Her spaces become sites that are occupied by the mind rather than a physical body.
Nicholas John Jones seeks to create and communicate sensibilities that he considers of fundamental importance in thinking about contemporary ways of living. Various artistic media are employed to capture or create instances of resonant experience. Varying atmospheres are explored, often tending toward the contemplative or fragile. These may be set in isolation, or in tension against an alternative energy.
Heeseung Choi was born in Seoul, Republic of Korea in 1982. She studied MFA Fine Art at Slade School of Fine Art (2010- 12), and BA Fine Art at Hong-ik University, Seoul (2001- 06). She was shortlisted for Jerwood Drawing Prize (2012), and the Adrian Carruthers Memorial Award (2012). She received the William Coldstream Prize (2012), and the Alfred W Rich Scholarship (2011). Recent exhibitions include, Other Spaces: Re-imagining Architecture, Bosse & Baum, London (2013), London Graduated Art Festival 2013, Shoreditch Town Hall, London (2013), NOW X HERE: The 5th UK Korean Artists, Korean Cultural Centre, London (2012), and Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012, Jerwood Space, London (2012).
Nicholas John Jones was born in Taplow, UK in 1982. He holds an MFA in Fine Art from the Slade School of Art (2011), and a BA from Wimbledon School of Art (2006). He received the Kirsgillow Residency Award, Florence (2011). He has been artist in residence at the Sunhe Museum, Hangzhou, China (2012), and at GURA, Kyoto, Japan (2012), and at The Trelex Residency, Switzerland, 2012. Recent exhibitions include, HEAD TO HEAD, Rogue Projects, Manchester (2013), 1, Block 336, London (2012), Embedded Reflections, Dahan Gallery, China, (2012), Takoyaki & Chips, Kokinen, Japan (2012), Invention of Painting, Centre for Recent Drawing, London, Istanbul was Constantinople, Hush Gallery, Istanbul, (2010) and SomeThingWicked, Sydney Metropolitan Art Gallery, Australia (2010).