Tobias Little

Artist statement:

I work predominantly with digital photography to reimagine my perspective and perception of the world into something close to reality but more surreal and elegiac. I use Lightroom and Photoshop to toy with tones, colours, and overall atmosphere to inject themes of loneliness, peace, youth & coming of age and love.

 

Work statement:

I adore painters. The precise use of colours and tones on the canvas of Meredith Frampton’s Portrait of
a Young Woman or the grounded yet misleading perspective of any of Alex Colville’s works leaves me with the unmistakable feeling of passion and awe. A painter’s canvas is filled with their precise worlds: Their beautiful attention to composition and subtle shifts in colours is nothing short of fascinating and inspiring.

Lightroom is my blank canvas. While editing a photo, I am free to paint my image anew and very subtly play with the image’s tones. Studying my favourite painters use of colours and tones continues to help me design satisfying palettes for my photos.

My first image titled Pearl & Mercury touches on themes of youth and innocence which is complemented by the movement of the woman, giving the photo a playful quality—a sense of freedom and nostalgia.

My second image is from a series titled Quarantine Party which deals with feelings on the opposite end of the spectrum. Directly inspired by lockdown as well as Frank Ocean’s song Siegfried, Quarantine Party emotes loneliness and isolation; a melancholic party with one’s self. Together, these two images dance with perfect dissonance.

 

Links to websites and Instagram 

Instagram: @fe.nce

Kirsty Taylor

Artist statement:

I am a Cultural Manager who has worked in the performing arts sector for over 30 years. My creative practice has included dance, theatre, spoken word and music. I started experimenting with visual art and photography during quarantine, so this is my maiden voyage into the glorious world of exhibitions!

 

Work statement:

‘Hope Swims Upstream 2020’ highlights an image of light refracting, mirroring my own journey through the Covid-19 prism, a spectral composition of diverse experiences. My personal quarantine journey, across two continents, through time, evolved into an almost dreamlike, transcendent, immersive experience where my ‘sense of self’ floated through the initial greyness of an unchartered path, becoming stronger and more vibrant in a way that symbolised the rainbow of hope used in our Covid-19 era. Light can be invisible and intangible just like the future, and this image speaks in a way that depicts the ‘arts’ with its vital role in society, as a bridge of colourful connectivity, helping make sense of the post pandemic world, conveying how creativity can catalyse new ideas and fresh ways of ‘being’.

 

Links to websites and Instagram 

OPEN CALL

THE ART OF ISOLATION EXHIBITION

20 OCT – 25 OCT 2020

Tue – Sat: 1 – 7pm | Sun: 1 – 5pm

PRIVATE VIEW: 

Tues 20 Oct 2020 | 6 – 9pm (Admission free, no RSVP needed)

ESPACIO GALLERY

159 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 7DG

The year 2020 will forever be synonymous with plague. A year when COVID-19 swept the planet and caused one of the biggest periods of lockdown and worldwide isolation we have ever seen. Whole swaths of the planetary population were instructed to stay at home, banned from meeting friends and family and unable to hug or touch those they love. The Art Of Isolation Exhibition is inspired by the Tales From Isolation Book Project and is a chance to show work created during this unprecedented time, to share artistic thoughts, feelings and inspirations on the period of isolation and around this planetary shared experience. Open to artists of all experience levels.

OPEN CALL

Please read the guidelines and apply at the bottom of the page.

ARTWORKS

  • Theme of works created over the period of the pandemic.
  • Artists from all nationalities, backgrounds and of all styles are welcome to apply.
  • For artists residing outside of the UK, only prints will be accepted.
  • Artworks can be 2D or 3D (painting, photography, illustration, design, mosaic, tapestry, sculptures, ceramics, mix-media, etc).
  • All works must be well presented. Prints and paper work must be suitably framed (protected with glass or plexiglass). No metal or clips frames are permitted. 
  • The gallery uses a hanging system, D-rings should be fitted on the back of frame/canvas about 7-10cm from the top. Frames/canvas without D-rings will not be accepted.
  • Maximum width of each single wall mounted art work 70cm.
  • If you submit two works they must be part of a cohesive series.
  • *Only submit images that if selected can meet the requirements above.

FEES

FREE Submission Max 2 wall pieces (paintings, photographs, illustrations, etc), Max 1 piece of sculpture.

Only the artists who get selected for the exhibition will be asked to pay the participation fee in order to cover the expenses.

For 2D artworks (paintings, photographs, illustrations, etc) & 3D artworks (sculptures) Participation fee is a flat fee of £50 per selected artist.

*The number of works to be selected and exhibited will depend on the size of each work. Please consider the size of your artwork before applying. Artists will be asked when they submit for overall sizes of work.

Participation Fee Includes

  • Exhibition space
  • Curating and organizing the exhibition
  • Digital Catalogue – Includes a short bio/artist statement, image of the artists’ works and portfolio links (part of this website)
  • Print material (flyers, labels, posters)
  • Marketing and promotion (distribution of flyers, social media, art websites, etc)
  • Private View (wine, juice, water, bartender)
  • Pictures of the artists’ work in the venue to document the event

SELECTION PROCESS

All submissions will be reviewed and the works for the exhibition will be selected by the curator: Adam Lucy. Also, artworks can be selected before the deadline.

Please note that the decisions are final and we are unable to offer feedback.

PAYMENT METHODS

Only the selected artists will receive an invoice by email and will have 3 days after selection to pay the participation fee and secure their spot. Payments can be made though bank deposit or PayPal (for PayPal payments there will be a 4% added cost due to PayPal fees).

*International Artists will have to send extra fees for the hanging service.

REFUND POLICY

After being selected and making the deposit, the artists will be part of the show and we will hold their spaces. If an artist fails to attend or cancel close to the date, it is nearly impossible for us to schedule another artist in their place. If a personal emergency occurs, you have the following options: find another artist to take your place or cancel your participation.

If you cancel your participation there are NO REFUNDS (but substitutions are allowed).

ARTISTS PARTICIPATION (FOR SELECTED ARTISTS)

In order to have a dynamic and engaging event, we ask for the artists to get involved as much as they can. For that reason we will be offering the following opportunities:

  1. Invigilation – Spend one afternoon at the gallery keeping an eye on things, taking care of the gallery and engaging with the audience. An invigilation roster will be sent out closer to the time of the exhibition for those who wish to take part. It is often a great part of the process to meet members of the public and experience gallery life. The exhibition curator Adam Lucy will be present most days to answer any questions you may have.

DATES

  • Open for submission: 15th August 2020
  • Submission Deadline: 05th September 2020 (till 23:59)
  • Selection Notification: 06 – 10th September 2020
  • Payment for the Selected Artists: 06 – 15th September 2020
  • Delivery of Selected Artworks and Hanging Day: Sunday 18th ( 5pm to 8pm) and Monday 19th October 2020 (from 10am to 12pm)
  • Exhibition Starts: Tuesday 20th October 2020  (Tue- Sat: 1 – 7pm | Sun: 1 – 5pm)
  • Private View: Tuesday 20th October 2020 (6 – 9pm)
  • Exhibition Ends: Sunday 25th October 2020
  • Collection of unsold work: Sunday 25th October 2020 (from 5 – 7pm)

DELIVERY AND COLLECTION

  • Successfully selected works will have to be delivered to the gallery on Sunday 18th October 2020 (from 5 – 8pm) or Monday 19th October (10am to 12pm)by the artist or sent by courier at the artist’s expense.
  • Every artist is responsible for hanging their own work (2D) or arranging the display (3D). We will teach and help you do it. If the artist is sending work by courier get in contact to discuss hanging fees.
  • Packaging from delivered works cannot be retained and must be taken away with the artists.
  • We are unable to wrap works or provide wrapping materials.
  • The collection of unsold work is on Sunday 25th October 2020 (from 5 – 7pm)
  • Any work uncollected on the specified collection date/s will be stored at a separate location and the artist will be charged £10/day storage fee.

SALES AND COMMISSION

There will be a 10% commission on any artworks sold and payment can be taken via card or cash.

INSURANCE

The gallery does not provide insurance; artists will have to insure their individual work.

INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS

For artists residing outside of the UK, only prints will be accepted. Please get in contact to discuss hanging fees.

Artists that are not able to deliver their artwork personally should use a reliable courier. We do not accept any liability for their services.

SUBMISSION

Click below to submit your pictures, sizes and details via email. Thanks.

  • Your name.
  • Please send clear images of submitted works this helps the curator make an accurate decision regarding selection
  • Height and width specifications
  • Medium ie: Photography, acrylic paint, mixed media, sculpture etc
  • Email to: TAOIExhibition2020@gmail.com