Contemporary Visions 8

Contemporary Visions 8 in situ image / January 2018
Oliver Epp, 'Orion's Belt' (2017), oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas, 130x150cm
Christian Ruiz-Berman, 'Rites of Passage' (2017), mixed media, oil and acrylic, 58x31cm
Stamatis Papzoglu, 'Untitled' (2017), acrylic, spray paint, paper, leinwand, keilrahman, 130x143cm
JiYoung Yoo, 'A Way to Measure the Depth Under the Screen' (2017), inkjet print on canvas with manual cut-out, 120x200cm
Sofia Donovan 'CERO ZEN' (2017), glazed ceramics, dimensions variable
Jack Towndrow, 'By Night' (2017) Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 135x121cm
Jack Towndrow, 'Untitled' (2017), Oil and Acrylic on Canvas, 185x190cm
Igor Moritz, 'Untitled' (2017), emerald coloured pencil, coloured pencil on paper, 21x29.5cm
Nicola Kloosterman, 'Cocoon' (2017), Analogue collage on Paper, 30x24cm
Nicolas Sassoon, 'Skylight' (2017), animated GIF, 7680cmx2160cm
Christian Ruiz Berman, 'Mirage for Kokochi' (Illusion of Wealth), Acrylic on Panel, 18x13cm
Christian Ruiz Berman, 'Bound For Eternity' (But We're Unravelling Fast) (2017), Acrylic on Panel, 15x10cm
Christian Ruiz Berman, 'Chained Like Chalmol' (2017), Acrylic on Panel, 18x13cm
Christian Ruiz Berman, 'Despues Del Diluvio' (2017), Acrylic on Panel, 15x10cm
Christian Ruiz Berman, 'Doing My Best' (Like a Glasshouse Lemon), Acrylic on Panel, 25x20cm
Christian Ruiz Berman, 'Harmonic Oscilation' (2017), Acrylic on Panel, 18x13cm
Christian Ruiz Berman, 'Hoodoo Games' (2017), Acrylic on Panel, 15x10cm
Christian Ruiz Berman, 'Hortus Inconclusus' (Alternate Beginnings), Acrylic on Panel, 25x20cm
Christian Ruiz Berman, 'Last Chance Apparatus' (2017), Acrylic on Panel, 18x13cm
Christian Ruiz Berman, 'Quetzalcoatl's Boudoir' (2017), Acrylic on Panel, 15x10cm
Igor Moritz, 'Emerald Crayon' (2017), Coloured Pencil on Paper, 29.5x21cm
Igor Moritz, 'Pineapple Allergy' (2017), Coloured Pencil on Paper, 29.5x21cm
Igor Moritz, 'Roma' (2017), Coloured Pencil on Paper, 29.5x21cm
Igor Moritz, 'Self Portrait w. Gold Fish' (2017), Coloured Pencil on Paper
Igor Moritz, 'Self Portrait w. Purple Fish' (2017), Coloured Pencil on Paper, 29.5x21cm
Igor Moritz, 'Self Portrait w. White Fish' (2017), Coloured Pencil on Paper, 29.5x21cm
Igor Moritz, 'We Surround Ourselves With Dead Things' (2017), Coloured Pencil on Paper, 29.5x21cm
Igor Moritz, 'Yet Another One Holding A Fish' (2017), Coloured Pencil on Paper, 29.5x21cm
Nicola Kloosterman, 'Arrangement' (2017), Analogue Collage on Paper, 26x20cm
Nicola Kloosterman, 'Core' (2017), Ltd Ed. Fine Art Print 1 of 25, 50x70cm
Nicola Kloosterman, 'Shadowplay' (2017), Analog Collage on Paper 35x27cm
Sofia Donovan, 'Botella De Participacion Emotiva' (2016), Ceramic, 68x43x43cm
Sofia Donovan, 'Desencantamiento Anatomico' (2015), Ceramic, 29x40x28cm
Sofia Donovan, 'Esfera Inquieta' (2016), Ceramic, 12x45x45cm
Sofia Donovan, 'Frio Estelar y Complejidad Extrahumana' (2015), Ceramic, 34x27x27cm
Sofia Donovan, 'Modo de ser Anterior' (2016), Ceramic, 10x65x55cm
Sofia Donovan, 'Tree of Life' (2014), Cement, 63x25x31cm
Sofia Donovan, 'Zaha' (2016), Ceramic, 20x65x70cm
Stamatis Papazoglu, 'Untitled' (2017), Acrylic, Spraypaint and Paper on Canvas, 90x60cm
Stamatis Papazoglu, 'Untitled' (2017), Acrylic, Spraypaint and Paper on Canvas, 200x180cm
Contemporary Visions 8 in situ image / January 2018
Contemporary Visions 8 in situ image / January 2018
Contemporary Visions 8 in situ image / January 2018
Contemporary Visions 8 in situ image / January 2018
Contemporary Visions 8 in situ image / January 2018
Contemporary Visions 8 in situ image / January 2018
Contemporary Visions 8 in situ image / January 2018
Contemporary Visions 8 in situ image / January 2018
Contemporary Visions 8 in situ image / January 2018
 
Contemporary Visions 8 
Opening Preview: Thursday 11 January (6-8pm)
Exhibition: 12 January - 24 February 2018

Sofia Donovan
Oli Epp
Nicola Kloosterman 
Igor Moritz
Stamatis Papazoglou
Christian Ruiz-Berman 
Nicolas Sassoon 
Jack Towndrow
JiYoung Yoo
 
Contemporary Visions is our annual group exhibition that seeks to identify and explore current themes, trends, and innovations in contemporary art across all media and disciplines. This year, the jury included Leo Babsky, Chief Curator of Century Club (London); Kurt Beers, Director of Beers and Author of '100 Painters of Tomorrow; Paddy Johnson, Founding Editor of Art F City; Erik Olson, Artist and 2016 CV7 finalist; Richard Stemp, author and Art Historian; Jennifer Winsor, Director of Winsor Gallery, Vancouver (Canada); and Anna Zorina, Director of Anna Zorina Gallery, New York (USA). 
 
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Sofia Donovan
 
Sofia Donovan’s main themes for work focus on the spaces of human coexistence represented by intimate spheres like interpersonal relationships, the domestic space, the sphere of the feminine, and the social space where all other spaces are framed. As an immigrant Donovan marks her personal feelings of strangeness that lead her to constantly thematizing her own hybrid identity influenced by different forms and points of view. Interested in understanding life as a formless substance in which we live in without giving it any shape or definition, Donovan navigates through the small moments of meaning and approaches the shores of nothingness by giving thought to supernatural and immeasurable through her experimentation.
 
SOFIA DONOVAN [b.1972, Argentina]. Solo exhibitions include: Fundacion Sala Gasco, ‘Cero Zen’, Santiago de Chile (2016), Galeria Federico Towphya, ‘Kakemonos’, Buenos Aires (2014), Ch.aco, ‘Poetica Domestica’, Santiago (2014). Selected group exhibition include: Galeria Cecilia Caballero, ‘Otras Partes’, bipersonal con Maria Crimella Buenos Airies (2015), Centro De Extension, P.U.C, ‘Negro Esteka’, Santiago (2015), Fundacion Fobeju, ‘Identidad y Territorio’, Santiago (2015), Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, ‘La ruta trasnochada’, Santiago (2013). Lives and works in Vitacura, Chile.
 
Oli Epp
 
Oli Epp’s paintings are influenced by experiences and observations from his everyday life. Epp describes them as autobiographical, sometimes confessional, sometimes irreverent and frequently handled ‘with a humorous sense of pathos.’ Interested in situations he has been involved in and witnessed in public and private life, Epp documents those unreported tragedies and moments he describes as unremarkable through painting.
 
OLI EPP [b.1994 ] graduated with a BA in Fine Art from the City and Guilds Art School of London. Solo exhibitions include: Degree Show ‘A Desperate State of Affairs’, City & Guilds of London Art School, London (2017), ‘Vanilla/Beige’, City & Guilds of London Art School, London (2017), ‘Can I Wear Fake Tan To The Funeral’, City & Guilds of London Art School, London (2017). Group exhibitions include: ‘The window was open through the door was shut with the window left open’, curated by Lily & Brooke & Elaine Tam, London (2017), ‘We Are The Ones’ curated by Galina Munroe, Jordy Kerwick and Simon Ganshorn, Carlsberg Byens Galleri, Copenhagen, Denmark (2017). Lives and works in London, UK.
 
Nicola Kloosterman
 
Nicola Kloosterman is an analog collage artist who works with found imagery. Her subjects vary from fragmented female figures and faces to landscapes, nature and abstracts made with coloured paper and textiles cut from fashion magazines. Her collages explore concepts of (in)visibility, perception and feminine power.   The work submitted explores the line between abstract and figurative, reality and illusion. Taken from their original context, extracts of images are free to become new subjects in an altered reality of shape and colour.
 
NICOLA KLOOSTERMAN [b.1976, Johannesburg] is a self-taught artist with a Masters Degree in Law from University of Amsterdam. Kloosterman completed a  Art Foundation course from Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam and has five years experience of Art Direction at the Junior Academy in Amsterdam. Kloosterman has exhibited a solo show at Atelier Oosterbosch, Amsterdam (2017), and a group exhibition at Collage & Assemblage, C-lab Kunstwest, Amsterdam (2017). Kloosterman lives and works in Heiloo, Netherlands.
 
Igor Moritz
 
Igor Moritz explores the relation between the interior and exterior of the human. He dresses the work summoning the desire for tasting the lines, forms and more importantly the colours. While excessively using patterns, and overdosing on colour schemes, Igor guides the viewer into his organised chaos.
 
IGOR MORITZ [b.1996, Lublin, Poland] self-taught painter undergoing a Bachelor in Industrial Design at Bournemouth University. Currently took a gap year in his studies in order to prioritize his development as an artist and is preparing to take part in an artist residency in Japan (Studio Kura, Fukuoka). Group Exhibitions include: group exhibition at the Palace of Fine Arts in Cracow, Poland (2014), “Half of me is in the past “BUMF gallery, Bournemouth, UK (2016). Solo exhibitions include: “the black tulip” in Lublin, Poland (2015) and ”70x100 from G&T” in Salisbury, UK (2015). Lives and works in Poland.
 
Stamatis Papazoglou
 
Stamatis Papazoglou works with traditional paints and spray paints to create sometimes spontaneous sometimes planned concepts on paper. Those are then collaged onto a specific surface and re-applied with changed qualities by cutting, tearing and readjusting. Final material layers are then manipulated through flex and sanding machines, high pressure cleaners and knives until the process of construction and deconstruction develops its own momentum in an organic nature allowing Papazoglou’s works to emerge completely free and radical in their own moods and compositions.
 
STAMATIS PAPAZOGLOU [b.1975, Germany] graduated from Kunstakademie, Dusseldorf and attended University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Selected exhibitions include: ‘Freshtest 3.0’, Kunstverein-Koelnberg e.V, Galerie Ulf Larsson, Koln (2017), ‘Berlin – Klondyke’, UGM Studio, Maribow, Slowenia (2017), ‘Berlin – Klondyke’, SOEHT 7, Berlin (2017), KFS, Mix the Remix, Berlin (2016). Lives and works in Cologne, Germany.
 
Christian Ruiz-Berman
 
Christian Ruiz-Berman has become accustomed to localizing his identity within a juncture of memory, fact and fictions by being forcefully deported from his homeland of Mexico. His works focuses on his childhood memories of migration and adaptation. Interested in contemporary philosophers such as Donna Haraway, he is fascinated by the concept that ‘reality is not a set of discrete realities but rather an endlessly complex web of interactions.’ Collaborating poetry and visual art together, exploring how both can bridge chasms that language and logic cannot span.
 
CHRISTIAN RUIZ-BERMAN [b.1982] is currently studying MFA in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, holds a Masters Degree from RISD and a Bachelors Degree from Duke University. Solo exhibitions include: ‘Chapultepec Samsara’, Outlet, Brooklyn, NY (2015), ‘Before and After Life’, Ulla Surland Gallery, Fairfirled CT (2013). Group exhibitions include: ‘Pure as a seagull’s belly’, RISD Museum Gelman Gallery, (2015), ‘RISD Painting MFA 1st Year Group Show’, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Chelseam, NYC (2017), ‘Reconsider Abstraction’, Gowanus Ballroom curated by George Sferra (2015), ‘I am What I am Not Yet, A Survey of Brooklyn’s Moment’, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art, Scarsdale, NY (2015). Ruiz-Berman lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
 
Nicolas Sassoon
 
Nicolas Sassoon makes use of computer-based aesthetics to generate fantasized visions of architectures, landscapes and domestic environments to bring viewers into a trance. his work benefits from stylized pseudo-retro aesthetics, characterized by bright colors, moving patterns, and bitmap quality. the undulating pixels, through their disorienting movement, may create in viewers a sense of anxiety, a concern that their computer screens might have stopped working.
 
NICOLAS SASSOON [b.1981, France] graduated with a Masters Degree in New Media & Interactivity from Ecole Europeenne Superieure de I’Image, Angouleme, France. Solo exhibitions include: ‘Index, Avenue, Skylight’, Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver, Canada (2017) ‘Skylight’, Signals’, Resonate Festival, Belgradem Serbia (2017), ‘Vessels’, Agreements to Zinedine, Milan, Italy (2017), ‘Façade 2015’, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, Canada (2016). Group exhibitions include: ‘Transfer Download’, Chronus Art Centre, Shangai, CN (2017), ‘Supernova 2017’, Denver Colorado, USA (2017), ‘New Formats Festival 17’, Vancouver, Canada (2017), ‘Art in Unexpected Places’, Barrie, Canada (2017), ‘Water astonishing’, Wil Aballe Art Projects, Vancouver, Canada (2017), ‘Unreal: The Algorithmic Present’, HeK Basel, Switzerland (2017). Lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
 
Jack Towndrow
 
Jack Towndrow considers his paintings as theatrical stages in which the paintings - like performers - begin to reveal themselves for the viewer. The paintings themselves appear as settings whereby events might unfold, suggesting a strong sense of narrative and mystery, but also pointing quite self-referentially to the artist's decision making process. The various objects and layers within the paintings at times seem like transient props - like cardboard cut outs on a stage - that the artist moves and reshapes as the painting begins to take shape. As a result, there is a strong sense of childlike naivete in the works, bound by a darkish, film-noir sensibility that recalls the literary tendencies of Aster, or the painterly moodiness of DiChirico. We become privy to the artist's jokes, which are no-doubt all quite self-aware: the street lamps directly light the bricks across a painting like a dead-pan joke transformed into a literal idea. In many ways, this idea of narrative omniscience becomes shared with the viewer, where hidden corners and subtle sleight-of-hands suggest the very manner in which Towndrow paints, like layers and cut-shapes moving with the work. Metaphorically, this succeeds in describing a rather comical, futile way of living, where these artifices fall apart like a stage backdrop, where one can almost imagine the ebb and flow of life like the paper-like waves being pulled to-and-fro across the bottom of the picture plane. 
 
JACK TOWNDROW [b.1992, London] graduated his BFA from The Slade School Of Fine Art London 2014 and currently lives and works in Leeds UK. Selected exhibitions include Saatchi New Sensations ’14 (Victoria House London), Duo Exhibition EXPO’16 (France) Having a Wobbly One with Suzy Babington (Forres St, Edinburgh), Surprise Birthday ‘15 (Bargain Spot Edinburgh) My Head is round so my thoughts can change direction, ’17 (Assembly Leeds).
 
JiYoung Yoo
 
JiYoung Yoo works mainly with an inkjet printer and the ultimate format of painting.  Yoo’s practice is based on questioning the relationship between painting and digital image and their status of being an object in the current media condition. Each work that consists of multiple panels explores a counterbalance between digitally layered images on the surface and physical cut-out or overlapping of panels. By letting them lean against the wall, which reveals the gap between the two planes Yoo attempts to show the hidden three-dimensional qualities of painting and its relationship to the wall that it always relies on.
 
JIYOUNG YOO [b.1991, South Korea] graduated with a Masters Degree from the Slade School of Fine Art, London and holds a BFA in Painting, College of Fine Arts, Hongik University, Seoul, KR. Selected exhibitions include: ‘The Choice of a New Generation’, Muse at 269, London (2017), ‘Is This It?’, Serf, Leeds (2017), ‘Faith’, Austin Forum, London (2017), ‘MeMeMeMe’, The Crypt Gallery, London (2017), ‘pillow, swallow, hollow, yellow’, The Artwall, Athens, Greece (2016), ‘Techno and the City’, Fiumano Projects, London (2016). Awarded multiple scholarships and artist residency. Yoo currently lives and works in London.