Artists: Cat Miller, Helen Ji Hyoung Gong, Lawrence Blackman, Marton Nemes
Curators: Ileana Tu, Jie Qiu
Opening times: 23th-24th May, 2018 10am- 8:30pm
Private View: Wednesday, 23th May 6pm- 9pm
Place: Chelsea College of Art SW1P 4JU
“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas, I am frightened of the old ones.” —— John Cage
Exhibition online: http://abnormal-exhibition.com/
Altered States – book art – by Cat Miller
Helen Ji Hyoung Gong
I am currently featured in The Xhibit 2018 Show – Championing Future Creatives – running from April 19th to May 12th @ The Bermondsey Project Space London SE1.
ALTERED STATES :: The ‘Altered Book’ piece was about challenging the traditional concepts of ‘what the book represents in our culture today’ in the changing times of electronic devices that simulate the book right down to the colour and texture of the paper. Traditionally the book has been a revered and trusted object upheld throughout history and culture, where entire religious philosophies and political ethics are delivered as fact, presenting complex methodologies to be adhered to and codes of conduct for living ones life. Significant sized buildings of stature and status are still dedicated to their housing for archival, lending, and research purposes. This piece entitled ‘Altered States’ was made from a large ex-government hard back book that has been repurposed with a series of sequential cuts and reverse folds, which all together formed sculptural indented shapes where pages were compressed together. The pages were not destroyed in any way and so therefore could be unfolded to become a normal book again, representational of the division between the two worlds that we live in; the world of imagination and the world of outer reality. The shapes represent the personal inner emotional spaces that are created when the imagination is activated which can transport one to an alternate parallel reality.
Click here to see my photos from the Private View.
More images taken by Zaigham Butt: https://www.flickr.com/photos/suarts/albums/72157690051800540
Images taken by Paola Gabrielli (Bermondsey Project Space): https://www.flickr.com/photos/suarts/albums/72157668436441548
Roisin Sullivan, BA Fine Art (4D), Diploma of Professional Studies CSM will be performing her performance titled ‘My Autism’ at 4pm on the following dates:
- Wednesday 9th May
- Saturday 12th May
The performance which takes place in the gallery window consists of the artist sitting in a bath of Coca Cola for 30 minutes interwoven with a spoken word piece which reflects on their life from 1 to the present day.
In the words of Roisin ‘The work itself explores my oppression as a women with autism. The absurdity of this act is a demonstration of the constraints within society, and within my experience of existing. There’s a disposition between determinism and free will composed in the structure of capitalism, patriarchy and western society which impacts myself, and is relevant throughout history. The systematic oppression of my autism and gender is represented by submerging my body in the Coca Cola, something which I have addiction to – this act calls into question whether this characteristic forms part of my Asperger’s or is a result of further political hierarchies’.
My next solo exhibition is in August 2018 @ The Hanbury Hall which has a fascinating history that dates back to 1719. Originally built as a small Hugenot chapel, it has accommodated many different East London congregations over the years eventually becoming part of Christ Church in 1887. Charles Dickens was a regular visitor in the 1800s using the building for public readings of his works and in 1888 the Match Girls held their strike meetings here as they prepared to protest against working conditions at the nearby Bryant and May factory.
Please watch this space for further developments. Best Wishes.
Grateful thanks and appreciation to all who participated / attended over the weekend and contributed to the festival’s success.
As an actor and storyteller, sometime writer, broadcaster and inveterate liar Dawn has told stories all her life. Dawn sees stories as the spice in our daily life and the bedrock of culture – stories are the lens through which we experience our lives. She is a compelling storyteller, inhabiting her characters, as she performs traditional Myths and Fairy tales publicly and privately, or wherever she finds a carelessly opened door. This autumn and winter she is performing at Pentameters Theatre Hampstead, Surrey Storytellers and Putney Waterstones. In the guise of After Dinner Storyteller (London)‚ she spends the winters infiltrating homes, inviting participants to curl up in front of the fire, and sip hot toddies, while she treats them to traditional folk, ghost and seasonal stories. She is inspired by nature and the elements, and spends August in Greece, spinning tales with friends under a star-strewn Mediterranean sky. Dawn will be story telling on Saturday evening.
Alexandra Willis is a Wellness Advocate for dōTERRA, the world leading Pure Essential Oils company. Alex says: ‘I joined dōTERRA over a year ago as I had some health issues that were not getting resolved using conventional methods. I made a decision to start taking care of my health naturally and to start using dōTERRA for my health needs and I could not believe the truly incredible results, both issues that I had suffered with for years, disappeared and I was able to start doing things that previously were not possible. It was at this point that I wanted to start sharing these oils with those around me. These oils are a beautiful gift of nature, and have been used in natural medicine practices for thousands of years. It is my hope and my passion that many more people will look to take care of themselves as I have done, the benefits are undeniable and the effects truly incredible. I want to support people in this journey and help people help themselves. I feel blessed to have found these oils and the other natural products, and I now want to share them all with you.’ Alex will be demonstrating the benefits of dōTERRA essential oils on Sunday.
More info: www.mydoterra.com/alexandrawillis
Georgina Levy from Move2 Love
, has 16 years of experience in Remedial Massage, Physiotherapy, Movement Practice and Energy Healing. Georgina hopes to inspire people to regain a connection with their bodies, inspire them to want to move their bodies and free themselves from all restrictions. Strong bodies with fluid movements assist people to lovingly carry out the job we were put here to do.
Georgina will be speaking and giving hands on therapies on Sunday 8th October.