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Tuesday, 4 October 2016 to Friday, 18 November 2016
PERFECTIoNISM (Part III)_Tessa Farmer_The Hunt_2012

Griffin Gallery is delighted to present their annual flagship exhibition, PERFECTIoNISM (part III) – The Alchemy of Making, curated by Gallery Director Becca Pelly-Fry. The exhibition explores the ancient idea of artists-as-alchemists and through the transformative nature of contemporary artistic practice. It will feature nine London artists; from award winning sculptor, and former Natural History Museum artist in residence, Tessa Farmer, who stages tiny, skeleton fairies on insect carcasses (see above), to the three-dimensional painter Piers Secunda, who makes life-sized sculptures out of industrial floor paint, the artists demonstrate how source materials can be transformed into something spectacular. Other artists include Liane Lang, known for her suggestions of animacy within figurative sculpture, created by documenting and staging museum objects in her photographs, as well as creating her own lifelike sculptures, and Nikolai Ishchuck, who creates photosculptures by layering photographs with paint, lacquer and concrete to form sculptures that look like vestigial, archaeological remains. 

The exhibition does not seek to be perfect, nor show perfect artists, instead, each exhibition within the Perfectionism series aims to investigate and celebrate meticulous artistic methodology and process. The first Perfectionism exhibition explored this idea in general, the second took it further, investigating repetition, and the upcoming exhibition will examine the transformation of materials. Specifically, the artists will explore how the appearance and character of source materials can be altered through innovative processes, and the resulting change of status or presence of the materials,

Perfectionism III Features the artists: Tessa Farmer, Alastair Gordon, Caroline Jane Harris, Darren Harvey Regan, Nikolai Ishchuk, Liane Lang, Neal Rock, Piers Secunda, Onya McCausland.

Becca, Griffin Gallery’s Director and Curator said:

“This series of curated exhibitions has been quite a revelation for me as a curator... I feel we have hit on something really quite important… In a time when life is becoming increasingly fast paced and constantly ‘busy’, these artists take their time.  They create their own set of rules, and push their chosen materials as far as possible within the parameters they have set themselves. They rage quietly against the culture of instant gratification, against ‘Instagrammable’ art, against inanity and shallow spectacle. I am proud to support them and show their work together, in this particular context.”

Artist ( Description ): 

Tessa Farmer was born in Birmingham in and lives and works London. She is the great granddaughter of the influential writer of supernatural horror Arthur Machen. She studied at The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford where she received a BFA and an MFA. In 2007 she was artist in residence at The Natural History Museum, London and was nominated for The Times/ The South Bank Show Breakthrough award. In 2015 she won the British Science Fiction Association Art Award.

Alastair Gordon is based in London and Edinburgh. He is course leader for Critical and Professional Development at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh and Founder / Co-Director of Husk Gallery in East London. He is represented by BEARSPACE Gallery, South London. Alastair is the co-founder and director of the Morphe Arts Trust and author of Beyond Air Guitar, published by Piquant Editions in January 2012. Alastair was guest selector for The Open West 2015 national art prize based at The Wilson Gallery in Cheltenham.

Darren Harvey Regan is based in London. He is a graduate of the Royal College of Art. His work has appeared in exhibitions and publications internationally and is part of the permanent photography collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Solo exhibitions include The Erratics, Copperfield, London (2015 - 2016) The Erratics, Passaggi - Arte Contemporanea, Pisa, IT (2015) Phrasings, The Ravestijn Gallery, Amsterdam (2013) A Shifting Sense of Things, Sumarria Lunn, London (2013) and A Collection of Gaps, Phoenix, Exeter (2011).

Nikolai Ishchuk was born in Moscow, Russia, and lives in London. He received an MA in Fine Art with Distinction from the Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, and previously an MPhil in Social and Political Science from the University of Cambridge, and a BA (Hons) in Economics and Sociology from the University of York. Ishchuk was the first non-documentary photographer to win in the British Journal of Photography Awards and has been awarded the Art Omi International Artists Residency. Ishchuk has exhibited at Whitechapel Gallery, Jerwood Space, and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.

Caroline Jane Harris was born in London and currently lives and works in London. She obtained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Printmaking from the University of Brighton and an MA in Fine Art from City and Guilds School of Art. She is a Print Fellow at City & Guilds of London Art School. Caroline was an artist-in-residence at Red Magazine in 2015, and won the SALON/SELECT, Bursary, mentoring and exhibition in 2015. She is currently exhibiting at the RA Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, London.

Liane Lang was born in Germany and lives and works in London. She completed a BA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and a Postgraduate Degree at the Royal Academy Schools. She is currently showing new sculpture and photo works as part of Enthüllt, Berlin and its Monuments at Museum Zitadelle Spandau. In the last three years she won a fellowship to the Bogliasco Foundation, the Vermont Studio Centre, Art Omi and the Eton College Artist Residency and she won the Hotshoe Magazine Prize for her work Fellow Travelers.

Neal Rock is a British artist living and working in Los Angeles, California. He graduated with an MA in Fine Art from Central St Martins School of Art & Design in 2000. His work has been selected for the 2016 XL Catlin Art Prize, the 2015 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, the 2014 John Moores Painting Prize and the 2007 Jerwood Contemporary Painters, alongside commercial solo exhibitions in London, Paris, Amsterdam, New York and Los Angeles. He is currently completing a practice-based PhD in Painting from the RCA in London.

Onya McCausland was born was born in Zennor, Cornwall. She studied painting at Falmouth, and graduated with a distinction at Slade in 1999. Her new earthwork Charcoal Measure 2016 can now be seen in the Forest of Dean Sculpture Trail.  Recent exhibitions/projects have been supported by Newlyn Gallery (2009), Kettle’s Yard (2010), the Delfina Foundation (2012), and Camden Arts Centre (2014). She is currently showing new prints at the Royal Academy, and is completing a PhD at the Slade UCL in 2016.

Piers Secunda is a British artist based in London. He studied Painting at Chelsea College of Art.
Piers’ work won the award for best documentary at Tribeca Film Festival, New York in 2015. His recent shows include a solo show at New York University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Jessica Carlisle Gallery, London and Art Bermondsey Project Space, London. Piers exhibited at Context New York Art Fair in 2016.


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