Space Shift

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Space Shift

Unit 10, 21 Wren Street
London WC1X 0HF
United Kingdom
April 20th, 2012 - June 2nd, 2012
Opening: April 19th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

fitzrovia, bloomsbury
+44 (0)207 837 0819
Tue-Fri 11-6pm, Sat 11am-3pm or by appointment
photography, mixed-media, installation, video-art, sculpture


A group show featuring new and recent work by Michelle Deignan, Martin Gustavsson, Yasmin Muller, Julia Pfeiffer and Astrid Svangren.

Celebrating the gallery’s two year anniversary, Maria Stenfors presents ‘Space Shift’, a group show where each of the gallery artists has been invited to exhibit new or recent works. The title of the show alludes to both the new gallery space within Wren street, as well as the development in each of the artists’ practice since the opening of Maria Stenfors.

The new gallery space is located on the same floor as the current one and proposes a more defined

exhibiting space, moving beyond the rough edges of the original space. Proposed for the new space is for the gallery room to stay as static as possible and for the art to change the space with it’s own character and difference. This challenge has been taken on by the gallery artists and we look forward to a dynamic year ahead.

To inaugurate Unit 10, we are presenting two new or recent works by each gallery artist. Each has worked independently in their production with their practice alone in mind. The instruction from the gallery has been to focus with his or her own integrity and to not consider how the artists directly relate to one another. By this method, this exhibition acts as a test of the programme and its cohesiveness. The exhibition is also an opportunity to showcase each artist’s individual development since their last solo exhibition with Maria Stenfors and brings a welcome interim connection between the gallery and the artist. With a purposefully flexible concept on the selection, this exhibition then gives space for the rhetoric of each artist’s practice.


Michelle Deignan – The beginning of the year saw the opening of ‘Spectral Metropole’, an exhibition at V✏igalica Gallery, Ljublijana, curated by Ken Pratt and featuring work by Michelle Deignan. This May will bring the presentation of a video installation by Michelle Deignan commissioned for ‘Bus-Tops’, a public art installation spread across the bus stops of 20 Boroughs of London, as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The installation will be on display on 10 screens across the city, for the month of May.

Please see for more information. Having recently completed a major new video work that will be exhibited at Maria Stenfors in June, Deignan’s practice will be returning to the gallery for an exhibition in collaboration with Sierra Metro, Edinburgh.


Martin Gustavsson – Since curating ‘Chase of Grace’, Martin Gustavsson’s recent group show at Maria Stenfors in January 2012, the gallery is delighted to announce that ‘In No Particular Order’, a series which began in 2010, will be exhibiting at Eastside Projects, Birmingham, on 25th May 2012. The exhibition forms part of ‘It’s moving from I to It’, a 15 month programme by FormContent on visual language, abstraction, disappearance and the object.

Yasmin Müller- In October 2012, Yasmin Müller will present her second solo presentation at the gallery since the exhibition ‘Denim Cardin’, at Maria Stenfors in 2010.

Julia Pfeiffer –Earlier in the year, Julia Pfeiffer exhibited a selection of new ceramics at Galerie Desaga, Cologne. During ‘Space Shift’, Maria Stenfors will be presenting two fantastic new c-print editions by Pfeiffer. For more information, please contact the gallery.

Astrid Svangren -Soon after Astrid Svangren’s spectacular first solo exhibition at Maria Stenfors, she will be featured in a variety of installations. In May, the Wanas Foundation will be unveiling a new outdoor sculptural work by Svangren at the sculpture park in Knislinge, Sweden. Artipelag, Stockholm, will also be featuring the artist’s work, followed by a solo exhibition at Tracy Williams Ltd, New York, in September 2012.