London Art Fair (2012)
Vestiges is a four-person exhibition for The London Art Fair that explores concepts of absence, reality, and reflexivity, with an emphasis on artistic narratives that refer to their own process of creation. Each of the artists exhibited consider complex relationships that arise through each of their relationship to the history and narrative within the work, but also consider how this informs and alters the techniques employed in his or her own creative process.
The sculptures of Vasilis Asimakopolous incorporate unconventional media to create a vision of reality that is both tongue-in-cheek and deeply disturbing. Andrew Salgado's haunting portraits are born from autobiographical narratives that have been subverted in a method that prioritizes elements of painterly abstraction. Using the found-object and the industrial landscape as his source, Tom Lovelace's photographs record ephemeral environments and happenings that the artist creates solely for his camera lens. Tine Semb's large-scale photocopied photographic works question the status of 'fine-art' while investigating how humanity's view of nature has changed in lieu of technological processes that present new methods of representation and perception.
VASILIS ASIMAKOPOLOUS (b. 1982, Greece)
Vasilis Asimakopoulos' work is preoccupied with a fantastical narrative in which the artist projects mankind's anxieties, fears, and frustrations as outward - however ironic - manifestations. Often, this narrative extends to a perspective of events in the present as considered from the future; here, Asimakopolous cheekily emphasizes states of being as horrific anomalies - in colors and using materials that are light-hearted, or unconventional - and almost always at odds with the weighty themes imbued in his work. Themes of memory, delirium, utopianism, destruction, and resurrection abound, to create a world where, through a "rebooting of the order of things", the paradoxical, strange, and uncanny triumph as normalcy.
Vasilis Asimakopoulos' recent solo exhibitions include Dunes of Aspartame, Gallerie Bannwarth, Paris (2011); Sorbic Acid, Umbrella Gallery, Leeds, (2010); and an forthcoming solo exhibition with Beers.Lambert in 2012. Group exhibitions include RCA Show, Royal College of Art, London (2011); Mostyn Open, Llandudno, Wales (2011); Creekside Open, Deptford X, London, (2011); Gloom'less, Gallerie Bannwarth, Paris (2010); Desire Is A Golden Carrot, The Albion, London (2010); and Designers Of The Future, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2010); among numerous other exhibitions in London and abroad. His work was selected for the 2009 RBS Bursary Awards; he was selected Winner for the Mostyn Open Award 2010; and received a 2009 Fellow (bursary) from the Royal British Society of Sculptors in London. His work consistently garners more press attention, recently in an article Michael Xuereb meets Vasilis Asimakopoulos, Saatchi Online Magazine. And Paul Carey-Kent's Highlights for Saatchi Online. He is a 2011 sculpture graduate from London's Royal College of Art; he lives and works in London and Athens.
TOM LOVELACE (b. 1982, UK)
Tom Lovelace's practice fuses photography with sculpture and performance. Primarily using the industrial landscape as an 'ideas sourcing ground', he manufactures ephemeral subjects and happenings that exist solely for the camera. The crucial moment in his process is the moment when these elaborate creations intersect with his photographic lens; interpreting, documenting, and translating the performative act to a static, two-dimensional context. His practice speaks to the 'role of the artist' and questions the legitimacy of the artistic process, questioning his role as author, and displacing the object as it relates to its temporal-nature in time and space.
Tom Lovelace studied Photography and Art History at the Bournemouth Arts Institute and Goldsmiths College, London. Along with exhibiting with Beers.Lambert, he has exhibited at Flowers Gallery, ArtSway, The Royal West of England Academy, Son Gallery and Galleri Image: Centre for Photography, Denmark. Lovelace received the Surface Gallery Prize in 2008 and the prestigious Rhubarb Rhubarb Bursary in 2010. His work has been selected for the Terry O’Neill Award and published by Art Licks and Source Photographic Review.
ANDREW SALGADO (b. 1982, Canada)
Andrew Salgado’s practice considers the tangibility and impermanence of the body, but also inwardly comments upon the fragility of self. Salgado exploits the purely physical properties of media to inform resonating themes within his work. In an effort to surpass a literal representation of his subject, he prioritizes a confident and visceral use of paint that calls attention to - and celebrates - its sheer materiality. The work approaches of an evolving language of figuration and abstraction, calling attention to what is visible and what is suggested in both medium and content: pulling the viewer from the sutures of representation, and suggesting the depths of metaphor and concept beneath the painterly expressiveness on the surface.
Andrew Salgado (b. 1982, Canada) holds an MFA from London’s Chelsea College of Art (2009). He has exhibited in London, Berlin, Oslo, Sydney, Vancouver, Toronto, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Niamey, and Chiang Mai. Solo exhibitions include Busan, Korea, (June 2012); The Acquaintance, Art Gallery of Regina, Canada (Dec 2012); Paint Your Black Heart Red, Galerei Atopia, Oslo, Norway (2010); and Boys' Night Out, Interurban Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2008). He was awarded as one of Courvoisier’s Future 500 in 2010; included in the 2010 Merida Venezuela Biennale for Contemporary Art; exhibited with artists Gary Hume and Tracey Emin in The Courtauld Institute Academy Hang IX (2011); shortlisted for Art of Giving at The Saatchi Gallery (2010); and featured in the forthcoming Channel4 documentary The Science of Art alongside Anish Kapoor and Bridget Riley (2011).
TINE SEMB (b. 1984, Oslo, Norway)
Tine’s practice exists in flux, as printed images, text-based works, and performative; it is often installation-based or sculptural, utilizing found imagery, objects, and photographs, presented both in and out of the gallery-space in an attempt to dissolve lines that divide art practice and real-life. Her investigation is concerned with how society's view on nature and technology has evolved in the past 100 years, as a century affected by new medias and forms of representation and perception. Borrowing art-historical themes from Magritte and Foucault, to Benjamin and Derrida, she questions whether 'reality' is tangible and experiential, and explores ideas of what aspect of our consciousness is seen, and what remains unseen?
Tine Semb (b.1984, Norway) has been included in a number of group exhibitions and projects in her native Oslo, including Open Kunsthall, Kunsthall Oslo, Norway, (2011); Text Alliance, 1857 Gallery, Oslo, Norway (2011); MomentumDesign: Design, Art, and the Space Between, Momentum Kunsthall, Moss, Norway (2010); Collective, Oslo National Academy of the Arts, (2010); Ostlandsutstillingen, Palais am Festungsgraben, Berlin, Germany, (2009); and On the Edge of Wrong, Intimate Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa (2009). Her Bubble Clouding Project has initated a self-published documentation of projects in Oslo, Norway; Cape Town, South Africa; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. She is a member of Norway's The Young Artists Society, and holds a Master of Art from the Oslo National Academy of the Arts (2010). She lives in Oslo.