TAP is pleased to present the final exhibition for ON SITE 2012, the gallery’s inaugural residency competition selected by acclaimed artist Grenville Davey.
Davey selected London based artist Katie Surridge as winner of the ON SITE 2012 residency opportunity to spend one month in TAP’s Winch room making new work, and six runner up artists to exhibit parallel to Surridge’s solo show. Since the beginning of January Surridge has developed an ambitious installation, taking ownership of the Winch Room to create an exciting new exhibition.
Surridge focuses on discarded and natural materials caught in the delicately beautiful stage between production and decomposition. Finding an aesthetic in these disposed or unloved items is important to her practice. For On Site 2012 Surridge has taken full advantage of the winch room space to construct a greenhouse tower where by ephemeral objects hang and flow between the supporting structures. The work evokes the idea of a factory, producing pelts that hang as if in a production line amongst other natural objects. It is unclear whether the objects could be growing or are decaying, although they look arranged as though an inhabitant is around.
Running alongside Surridge’s installation in the winch room is an exhibition showing the work of six shortlisted runner-up artists;
Russian photographer Alena Zhandarova’s pictures are colour and light, mixed with a little fur of drama, dreams and desire. Zhandarova thinks that every person can find something intimate and personal for themselves within her photographs.
Finnish artist Eeva-Mari Haikala works mainly within video, photography, and installation, drawing from the traditions of the performance. The concept of the painterly has formed the visual frame of her work, with references to still life painting and theatre.
London based artist Hanae Utamura contemplates the human condition on the move, in different circumstances such as urban or natural landscapes that exposes a negotiation of life and how it survives in its own system. Mostly action based interventions, Utamura’s work eventually disappears and only a record of the action remains.
Jennifer E. Price from Kent subverts basic and traditional printmaking methods in her “inkblot” series, printing directly from actual (often large in scale) objects. The resulting work spans across the boundaries’ of printmaking, drawing, sculpture, site based installation and public intervention.
Leigh-on-Sea artist Matthew Chambers has begun to keep records of his studio practice in the format of video. He often goes to his studio with no idea about what is going to happen, but with a list of experiments to try such as ‘drill a hole into a plum.’ The flexibility of video allows Chambers to highlight the importance of colour, sound and rhythm within his finished products, and manipulate how his finished work is revealed to the viewer.
Southend based artist Sarah Buckle makes work about the unsaid. She is interested in the sub-text and what lies behind the closed doors of polite society, in what people say/show and what they really mean/are.
TAP would like to thank supporters AR Elite, for providing the scaffolding for Katie’s piece and for assisting in part of the install, and Metal for providing affordable accommodation for Katie and her dog Bailey.
Preview detail: Zhandarova and Utamura. Image courtesy of Nicola Jane
On Site Preview. Image courtesy of Nicola Jane
Hanae Utamura. Image courtesy of Nicola Jane
Sarah Buckle. Image courtesy of Nicola Jane
Katie Surridge 2012 image courtesy of Nicola Jane
Detail: Image courtesy of Nicola Jane
Preview detail: Alena Zhandarova. Image courtesy of Nicola Jane