‘{somewhere in between}’ at Anise Gallery: 2nd –11th Aug 2013

02-11 August 2013
Anise gallery
13a Shad Thames

{somewhere in between} is a collected exploration of the grey area between two polar opposites  or contrasting extremes.

Taking varied themes of architecture, decay and abstract explorations of the human landscape as a starting point, the work explores what it means to be neither one thing nor the other, but a hybrid creation where nothing is a certainty.


Fabrication, demolition, effacement, eradication

Emma Jane Whitton (woman, geometric 1)
Emma Jane Whitton (woman, geometric 1)

Emma Jane Whitton considers the commanding role that design assumes in our daily lives.

A major influence is the constant dramatic upheaval and turbulent political climate of Latin America, exemplified by architect Francisco Salamone whose absurdly erectile and aggressive translations of ambitious political directives now lie, often abandoned, all over Buenos Aires province.

Placed on a knife edge between the celebratory moment of technological success and inevitable fall, the work examines when the physical presence of structures begins to subsume and supersede the ideologies that brought them into creation.



Hybrids and negative space

Emily Watkins 'Eden'
Emily Watkins ‘Eden’

Emily Watkins explores the concept of the hermaphrodite within mythology and nature and aims to challenge the notion of patriarchal religious figureheads and the traditional absence of the feminine within western culture.

Referencing naturally occuring hermaphrodites, each piece choses not to remove the masculine entirely but seeks to strike a perfect balance between both the male and female.

The absent feminine is represented by negative space within chasms and openings of the various forms, whilst the male elements protrude and pierce the space around the object.



The truth and the lens

Oscar Parasiego 'Flowers'
Oscar Parasiego ‘Flowers’

Oscar’s practice explores the untruthfulness of photography and the medium’s inability to capture the complexity of human self-reflection.

Vanities is a current research project which involves taking Vanita’s themes and aesthetics as a starting point, in order to explore the symbols associated with the passing of time.

The work touches upon identity, communication, emigration, death and relationships.

{somewhere in between} is Spanish artist Oscar Parasiego’s debut London show.



Deconstructing the life cycle

Laura Ansell 'Hash'
Laura Ansell ‘Hash’

Laura Ansell draws heavily on cellular and molecular forms and activity, particularly attenuation and extinction.

Each piece has an innate human quality, referencing our own biology, yet the cells are rendered static and suspended, removed from their natural context.

Executed initally with precision, the end result is dictated by the materials, as if governed by biological instruction.

Intended as snapshots of the human condition, the result is a suspended state of division, destruction or proliferation, much like a medical slide or sample.



Fractured minds, fractured places

Wayne Keown 'All-seeing eye'
Wayne Keown ‘All-seeing eye’

Wayne Keown draws on a fascination with derelict buildings– institutional or civic– crumbling hospital wards, schools and other once proud structures.

As the elements take their toll on the integrity of the built fabric, visiting is precarious– where there once was a feeling of safety, there is now a sharp contrast with the uneasiness of imminent disaster.

The work seeks to draw parallels with human memory and emotions, where one can elate just as easily as tear apart.

By merging the remnants of these memories it draws them to the surface, affording us a fractured glimpse into the mind.



There are no straight lines in nature

Kat Hayes 'Untitled (pink)'
Kat Hayes ‘Untitled (pink)’

Kat Hayes’ body of work echoes the architectural and man-made and how this is pitted against our notion of what constitutes a natural environment.

The sterility of the spaces we construct and inhabit are ordered and sanitised, as we seek control of our surroundings.

We are born of an organic, messy and fluid process, yet, as a species, we seem to yearn for order.

Grids and straight, clean, lines dominate our built environment, begging the question– which is the more ‘natural’?