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Masquerade - A Diaspora Dialogue

Paul Dash

17th September - 29th October 2022

303 Projects was delighted to present new and recently resolved paintings by Paul Dash, that reflect and celebrate the artist's joy and examination of colour, abstraction, movement, Black identity, history, culture, heritage and community.

 

Paul Dash (b. 1946, Barbados) lives and works in London. He emigrated to Oxford in 1957 with his family at the age of 11. After a Foundation course at Oxford Polytechnic, now Oxford Brookes University, he completed a BA at Chelsea School of Art in 1968 and an MA at the Institute of Education University of London (Distinction) in 1990.  In 2009 Dash was awarded a PhD from Goldsmiths University of London, writing a dissertation on African Caribbean pupils in Art Education. Dash was an active member of Caribbean Artists Movement (CAM) during 1969-1972 and exhibited with the group at various venues in London and Kent. He has shown in many key venues including the Barbados Museum, the Royal Academy, Mall Galleries, Guildhall Art Gallery, 198 Gallery and Tate Britain. His Self Portrait and Talking Music were purchased for the nation by Tate in 2021.

LANDSCAPE IMAGINARY

DANIEL & CLARA

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st August 2022

For one weekend only Daniel & Clara present Landscape Imaginary, a touring exhibition of moving image, polaroids and mail art exploring the relationship between psychology and place, looking at how we imbue places with meaning, and how in turn landscape, weather and the environment impact our imagination and state of mind.

 

“Landscape Imaginary refers to the zone where inner and outer experiences of place exist as one, it is our psychological experience of the landscape and the dream of the landscape itself. It is the meeting point between the personal and that which lays beyond our grasp.”

 

The exhibition was presented as a part of Landscape Imaginary, a series of events showing the work of Daniel & Clara across East Anglia.

 

Since meeting in 2010 Daniel & Clara have dedicated themselves to a shared life of creative exploration, working across moving image, photography, performance, installation and correspondence art. Using themselves and their life together as their material, their work explores the nature of subjective experience, perception and reality. Set against the backdrop of the British landscape, their work presents narratives of psychological disorientation and the human creature in crisis.

Their work has been exhibited at Focal Point Gallery, Kettle’s Yard, Art Exchange, Norwich Castle, Whitechapel Gallery, BFI, By Art Matters Hangzhou, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin, Paris Grand Palais, HKW Berlin, Fabrica Gallery, Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival, Doclisboa, Museu de Arte Moderna Rio de Janeiro. Films by Daniel & Clara are included in the BFI National Archive.

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one hundred and eighty-nine

Alice Wilson

2nd July - 30th July 2022

For her solo exhibition one hundred and eighty-nine at 303 Projects, Wilson presents a work that finds a moment of stasis in its occupation of the gallery space. Unsure of itself before it arrived and unsure of where it will go next. 

one hundred and eighty-nine, is a measurement of sorts, an arbitrary one really, a number that fits together well, 1+8, 9-1, does this matter? The exhibition is accompanied by a text-work that is constructed using the first line from the 189th page of each book in Wilson’s studio. 

Pushing at abstraction and translation, these works sit in conversation with one another, both presenting potentialities and outcomes that have cemented on the page and in the space, and both inviting the viewer to speculate on their individual journeys. 

 

Wilson’s practice spans various mediums, working in both 2D and 3D. Her ‘go to’ is often construction timber, wood of various kinds but predominantly the wood that we build with, timber that has been processed and sawn ready for use, the stuff that arrives on a flatbed truck

Alice Wilson is a London based artist, represented by domobaal. Recent exhibitions include A Mild Epiphany On My Bike, domobaal, 2021-22, and MASS, Saatchi Gallery, London, 2021. She has received significant recognition through funding from the British Council to work and exhibit in Denmark during 2018 and from Arts Council England to make work on site at Kurt Schwitters’s Merz Barn, for an exhibition with DOLPH projects in 2017. She teaches at University of the Arts London, University of East London and is a mentor on the MASS correspondence course.

BRINK

Emilia Holt

7th May - 4th June 2022

Emilia Holt paints spaces or structures that are never quite what they first appear to be; planes tilt and jostle for position, light sources come from undisclosed locations, surfaces are penetrable, spaces shift from foreground to background. Blurring the line between landscape, figuration, architecture and still life, Holt creates a kind of experimental system that holds its own internal logic. With each painting the eye is lead across its various parts through line, rhythm, repetition, directional motion, tone and texture.

 

Holt is interested in a slow process of observation that reveals new and different understandings of things which are initially unfamiliar. She believes that only with long slow absorption can the unknown be penetrated and explored, allowing subtler connections to suggest themselves. Inspired by the metaphysical landscape paintings of Arnold Böcklin and Giorgio de Chirico and the late still lives of Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin, she is fascinated by the borderline where our understanding of something that seems inert can suddenly flip becomes charged and meaningful - what she calls “the brink of revelation”. 

 

The two most recent paintings in the exhibition apply this thinking to re-examine portraits by Chardin (Girl with Racket and Shuttlecock) and Diego Velázquez (The Lady with a Fan). Holt is intrigued by how the sensitive portrayals of these artists are at once imbued with such transient qualities, yet have been contorted into rigorous geometries. Triangles and arcs define a two-dimensional space where almost no angles are the same, but the structure holds perfectly in balance. Taken a step further in these new interpretations, the entire picture plane becomes enmeshed with the subject, losing almost all objectivity. The identities of the sitters in the original paintings are now unknown, for Holt this adds further doubt and fragmentation to the structure - like an inbuilt self-consciousness. These works present a constantly shifting meeting place between the artist now (Holt), the painters who created the original works and the subjects themselves.

 

Emilia Holt (b. 1978) grew up in Switzerland but has lived and worked in London since 1998. Graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design, London in 2007 (MA Fine Art). 

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It's Not Over Yet

Duncan McAfee 

19th March 16 April 2022

303 Projects, in collaboration with The Art Gallery, are very pleased to present a double first solo exhibition of work by artist Duncan McAfee.

 

Red wine substitute is spattered across the painted surfaces suggesting transubstantiation, intoxication and cartoon violence. Reflecting the uncertainties of our times, the population of cartoonish characters the artist depicts seem manic from overexposure, dissolving in a double-take cacophony of contradictory styles and techniques. They appear constructed from the rubble of twentieth century painting, with elements of its major art historical movements stolen and deformed, forced together in eye-popping new combinations. 

McAfee’s ambitious ‘takeover’ of two contemporary art galleries in Lowestoft, will ask the public to travel between 303 Projects, in Kirkley, South Lowestoft, to The Art Gallery in the Historic Old High Street to the North, to experience a comprehensive review of the artist’s recent return to painting which also coincides with his current placement on the prestigious Turps Banana Off-Site Programme.

 

McAfee’s images are bloated with contradictions: loud and quiet, irreverent and sincere, humorous and grotesque, accidental and intentional, timid and boisterous, anxious yet joyous and celebratory.

One Minute
Volume Ten

Curated by Kerry Baldry

15th January - 25th February 2022

One Minute Volume Ten is a series of films and videos curated and compiled by artist filmmaker Kerry Baldry, and now part of the BFI archive.

Since 2008, Kerry Baldry has been compiling and organising screenings of One Minute - an eclectic mix of film and video, made within the duration of one minute, by international artists at varying stages of their career. The ‘One Minute’ series continues to expand and Volumes 1 to 10  have screened worldwide, including at De la Warr Pavillion, Bexhill, MiArt, Milan, bloc projects, Sheffield, London Art Fair, Ruhr Contemporary, Berlin, Liverpool Small Cinema, and Furtherfield Gallery, London.

One Minute Volume Ten includes work by Gordon Dawson and Louisa Minkin, Anna Mortimer, Zeljko Vukicevic (Zhel), Eva Rudlinger, Bob Georgeson, Kypros Kyprianou, Katharine Meynell, Kayla Parker and Stuart Moore, Philip Sanderson, Alex Pearl, Gulce Tulcali, Simon Le Ruez, Nick Jordan, Jeremy Gluck and Charlie Kramer, Alessandra Arno, Ruxandra Mitache, Kerry Baldry, Giacomo Infantino and Francesca Ruberto, Yolande Brener & Danielle Imara, Jonathan Onsuwan Johnson, Sam Meech, Sana Ghobbeh, My Name Is Scot, Jacob Cartright, Ellie Kyungram Heo, Paul Tarrago, Martin Pickles, Tony Hill, Michael Szpakowski, Rastko Novakovic, Lynn Loo, Karissa Hahn and Andrew Kim, Stuart Pound, sam renseiw, Caroline Rumley, Sarah Harbridge, Guy Sherwin.

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Milk and The Middle East by Gulce Tulcali

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Naming a Cloud

Andrew Miller and Tom Woolner

13th November - 19th December 2021

Naming a Cloud includes a number of ‘Cut-outs’ by Andrew Miller – thin plywood sculptures that he says “...began because I had been making collages and so I was already thinking about how I was using paper and card, holding it, cutting it out, and not just using it as a surface but as kind of super thin object with weight and texture. But the painted Cut-outs have a different kind of autonomy as objects – like a coulisse on a stage set, they have a kind of dumb theatrical presence.”

Tom Woolner presents a series of sculptural, yet stubbornly and resolutely flat, wall-based works­. Made through an intuitive and playful process of pouring, piping and squidging, semi-viscous liquids congeal to agree upon a form that sits somewhere between object, painting and fresco, as the image is embedded into, rather than onto, the surface. Loosely bracketed under the title Internal Weather, they open portals into the body to reveal an alternative landscape and corporeal meteorology.

 

There is a shared focus on surface and edge, and by extension boundaries; prodding and probing at the line between inside and outside, front and back, painting and sculpture. There is humour in their approach, even an absurdity, that hangs in the air and lingers around the corner.

Of water and Womb

 

Zethu Maseko

18th September - 31st October 2021

Zethu Zizwe Ruby Maseko is a Swati and Cornish artist and musician, based in London. She works across performance, film, sound and sculpture, and often delivers workshops.

Her work explores de-colonial thinking, investingating de-colonial memory practices using ritual, storytelling, sonics and spiritual objects. In her practice she draws on issues of racial and gender politics, post-coloniality and Black experience in the UK.

For her exhibition at 303 Projects, the skill and craft of tapestry and weave are a means to record and archive overlapping histories and mythologies concerning identity, struggle, and the sea.

Zethu exhibitied in the New Contemporaries 2020 and 'Reflect Remember Reclaim Health' at the ICA London.

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Thank you and I mean that very very sincerely

17th July - 31st August 2021

The inaugural exhibtion, with work by 43 artists, including Turner Prize winner Tai Shani, Jarman Award winner Michelle Williams Gamaker, alongside a mix of established and early carear artsits such as Laura Ford, Bruce McLean, Serena Korda, Harold Offeh and Zethu Maseko.