Ione Milne

Artist statement:

I create large-scale acrylic paintings exploring the concept of ‘home’. Creating works with slowly built up layers of colour and texture, that are inspired by the individual people and places I encounter. I want to capture the way we use objects, colours, textures and memories to create our own physical, mental and emotional space.

 

Work statement:

With experience in Fine Art and Scenic Art colour and texture play a huge role in my connection to a place. The works I create are abstract still life paintings depicting human relationships and our relationship to ‘home’, through our connection to objects, patterns, colours and textures, the details within our lives, we shape our homes, emotions and create our sense of self. During the lockdown, I was isolated in my little London flat while my partner got stuck with his family in Spain, these nine weeks isolating alone were spent creating work around the objects within my flat and my home, but also from the photos that my friends and family were posting on Instagram while going a bit stir crazy in their homes. As a result, the series of paintings that came from that time are almost dreamscapes of different places and people that I love. ‘A Symphony of Plants’ was made in week eight of lockdown and is an abstract, surreal still life of objects and shapes that depict that moment of stress and also the solace and joy that the homes we have built for ourselves give us even in these crazy times.

 

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Eddie Saint Jean

Artist statement:

Eddie Saint-Jean works in photography and film.  Linking Freudian theories of the Uncanny to the visual arts, he seeks out the unfamiliar in the familiar, unhomely in the homely, and eerie elements in everyday objects and experiences. A strong focus on how eco-art (more readilly associated with rural environments) now features in the urban uncanny.

 

Work statement:

The artist was intrigued with the way nature had taken over urban areas during the pandemic so went to London nature spots already well known for the way nature had intruded over manmade constructs. First to St Dunstan’s-in-the-East, an abandoned gothic church near Tower Bridge and then Hampstead Pergola, a building which is similarly over run with free-growing plants which have found beauty in urban abandon.

The model wears a mask as a false public face and also as a reference to the coronavirus mask. The confused plastic smile represents our concealed emotions during a period of unprecedented panic and uncertainty over health, livelihoods and the wider economy. Psychologist Sigmund Freud used masks in his work to highlight the ‘doppelgänger’ nature in the human psyche that represents that part of ourselves we feel uncomfortable with. Ultimately, my work makes the viewer confront truths that they would prefer to keep hidden. The term ‘keep a brave face on it’ was never more apt than during this pandemic. In my photo the brave face is hidden in case it gives away feelings of anxiety and pain during this period of upheaval and uncertainty.

 

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Chris Pig

Chris Pig

Artist statement:

I am a self taught photographer. I am originally from Italy but I have lived in London since the early ‘90s. I have grown up around cameras so it felt just natural to express myself from behind a lens. I am very fond of colours, shapes and that is reflected in the work that I produce. I am a bit of an introvert so I let my camera do the talking for me.

Work statement:

“Isolation Portraits” is a project developed while in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the planet in 2020.

Isolation: time to think and rethink, time to reflect and to put things into perspective. With the absence of most of the inputs we were used to, everything has a more personal and intimate feel. Time to face our fears and visualise them in a different way. Time to express our more intimate thoughts. Our personal world, space and habits were turned upside down, social scales were upturned, values changed. Lost feelings were found and solitude gave an insight into ourselves, our inner fears and strength. We were suddenly forced to live differently and a lot of social fluff was taken away overnight leaving us with a clear view of our own reality. Each portrait tackles a different social or personal issue as well as expresses my personal opinions visually rather than in words.

 

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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

Covid 19 Public Service Announcement Series – Collage

Inspired by the current Covid 19 pandemic and the lockdown measures that have been implemented. This series of work draws on elements of the surreal cut from various publications and arranged into a public service announcement to highlight the continued flouting of lockdown rules. The numbers in each piece refers to the number of deaths that day in the United Kingdom.

The medium was chosen due to its flexibility and the ability to created fantastical scenes from various magazines and journals. I am currently self isolating due to the pandemic and being able to create fantasy scenes while confined to my home has been both cathartic and emotional.