Our Spring Fair in Battersea Park is officially open! And we have a whole host of new Platform Projects to excite and amaze you. This year, we’ll be showcasing several innovative installations exploring the relationship between art and science, as well as the tensions around consumerism and waste. From a group of new and established artists, including a former Cirque du Soleil performer and a computer scientist, these works are guaranteed to challenge your perceptions of installation art and we can’t wait for you to see them!
First up, we have artist Neus Torres and computer scientist Ben Murray. Working at the intersection between art and science, Biomorpha is a reflection of how an organism evolves to adapt to a changing environment, visitors to the fair will be invited into a room where a digital organism mutates and shifts in reaction to their movements. Meanwhile, Hermione Allsopp’s Bedlam transforms functional bedroom furniture into dysfunctional sculptures and, by repurposing discarded domestic items charged with memories and meanings, her work tackles issues of consumerism and waste.
We'll aslo have husband and wife duo, Davy and Kristin McGuire, presenting a new collection of intricate film noir-inspired video vignettes. Davy, a theatre professional, and Kristin, a former Cirque du Soleil performer, combine their experience and love for theatrics to create mesmerising scenes with a unique dark humour.
Take a closer look at the innovative macro camera system behind Olivier Colin and Felix Mayrl’s Iris project and delve into their fascination with the iris as a human prism before having your own eye photographed and becoming a part of the project yourself! Also inspired by humanity, albeit from a time long past, Becky Allen will be showcasing a triptych of new drawings, featuring her repetitive and detailed line work, inspired by an ancient Greek tale about the metaphorical thread of life.
Finally, following on from their debut at the Affordable Art Fair Bristol in 2017, as part of the University of the West of England Recent Graduates’ Exhibition, we’re excited to provide Laura Collins and Alice Vaughan with the opportunity to showcase their work on a London stage. Laura’s Soft Drugs series combines her love for the tangible – and sometimes considered twee – medium of crochet with the issue of addiction. Alice will be installing a textile-based sculptural piece from her Growth series, formulated as a response to the obsessive, compulsive and ritualistic lifestyles so often found in society today.
Header image: Alice Vaughan. Growth. Soft Sculpture. 1.5 x 2 x 1.5m. £6,000.
Images from top to bottom: Hermione Allsopp. Bedellbum. Mixed media. £4,500.
Olivier Colin and Felix Mayrl. Iris Kollektiv Lumen. Photography, various sizes. From £400 - £2,500.
Laura Collins. Soft Drugs. Crochet (Yarn, Polyester Stuffing), approximately 25cm x 25cm. £2,800.