Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Wednesday 25th April: "Harmonics In Space" at NOW Gallery = Work In Progress cont.

















After a lengthy hiatus here, I'm back!  The exhibition has been all-consuming and now as the final run draws to an end I can catch up with documenting it.  Here is a visual diary of snaps from installing with exhibition design team Install Archive.  First of all we worked offsite in a nearby warehouse preparing components which were then transported to the gallery for the site-specific build.  For example here you can see the foam tiles being made for the tessellating floor and the steel frame joinery being polished and painted.  There were so many elements, materials and mechanics to assemble that it was like piecing together a jigsaw puzzle.  
We first had to construct the origami cardboard sculptures to get them suspended with lights fitted and hoisted on their spinning motors.   This then gave clear ground to lay down and make the pyramid entry screen to be raised up in place and tied into position.  Once the floor was finally free the steel stepping-stone frame could be fitted into place starting from front to back.  With the foam tiles slotted into the colour order of the path, the last stage was to add the free-standing sculptures and wire everything in.  In addition to the lighting and hidden trigger panels we also had to devise and conceal a bluetooth system to run 25 separate wireless headphones.  Last but not least, apply all of the vinyl from the text on the walls to my hand-cut iridescent polyhedra on the windows............... 
Every detail was intricate and linked.  Even the individual cardboard panels were coded with pop-out shapes which collected as cosmic confetti and didn't get swept into the bin but carefully collected for my scrapbook.  Here I am captured trying to explain all of this verbally for a couple of the numerous interviews I had to eloquently deliver after completion.  See my interview with The Peninsulist here.  

Wednesday 25th April: "Harmonics In Space" at NOW Gallery = Origami








As part of my exhibition there is a space to take time to make origami. I have created an exclusive colourful mystic mascot to match your mood. This extra dimension to the immersive experience was included to give visitors creative space to switch off, contemplate and make. Whilst learning the lines to fold this finger puppet you can simultaneously get a taster of how I first designed the origami shapes which became the final sculptures.  Each paper sheet is colour coded with definitions to pick the hue which best describes you.  In addition to this, there are stickers to customise your cosmic creature to keep as a magic memento of your day.
Thanks to OhhDeer for the collaboration on the sticker sheets which was a dream come true as I'm still as obsessed with collecting stickers as I was when I had sticker albums as a kid!  Check out their full range here.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Saturday 10th February: "Harmonics In Space" at NOW Gallery = Work In Progress










Last year NOW Gallery invited me to pitch an idea for their Fashion exhibition within the 2018 scheme of shows and it's finally coming to fruition which is a dream come true! "Harmonics in Space" will run from 28th February – 29th April with a public private view on Tuesday 27th February which everyone is welcome to, just RSVP to info@nowgallery.co.uk

This is the reason I have been unusually quiet on here and not blogging every day because I've been deep in the multi-tasking process of putting together a solo-show................ whilst also marathon training!  

Here are some shots from the work-in-progress including the cardboard fabrication testing with exhibition designer Install Archive.  Lee Regan has been incredible to work along side, as he has taken each inspiration and engineered how to fabricate it into a multi faceted landscape within the gallery.  Its been like witnessing a micro case study of a whole new creation and evolution as he's invented and developed each co-dependent mechanism.   I'll be sharing more of this as we start in install.

But for now, here is the introduction to the installation as insight as what to expect............. 

Welcome to a therapeutic world.  Fred Butler creates a joyful destination for healing with light, colour, shape and sound.  In this environment she explores chromotherapy and light as an antidote to SAD - seasonal defective disorder - and to our urban living.

LISTEN

Headphones are available from the front desk to experience a sonic journey by Natureboy created for the exhibition.  He combines live instrumentation, synthesizers and his own voice in a series of rich, reflective and detailed compositions. The contrasting tempos, textures and moods reflect the many facets of Fred Butler’s exploration of the senses.  Music Heals”

SHAPE

Fred’s on-going interest in wellbeing led her to discover Rudolph Laban’s theory ‘Harmonics in Space’ of how our bodies are formed of polyhedral shapes within the environment. The first and smallest of the polyhedral is the tetrahedron, located at the centre. Vibrations here are closely related to breathing and our intense awareness of being alive. Fred believes that through constant computer work and hunching over devices, this tetrahedron gets blocked.  Take this opportunity to stand, breath and expand your chests to recharge the whole body to be responsive.

COLOUR

“We need a balance of all the colour vibrations in sunlight to nourish us energetically”.  As with shape Fred believes that colour has a profound affect on our moods, emotions and daily life.  This immersive installation gives the opportunity to step away from the grey of everyday into the full spectrum.

LIGHT

Dip your head into a polyhedral to encounter healing light. These shapes relate in concentric order, and form harmonic structures in the gallery. This environment offers an interplay between the conscious and unconscious levels of the psyche, stimulating the imagination and releasing creativity. 

BE

This exhibition is about looking after you.  It’s inclusiveness addresses Fred’s concern about the future of human nature becoming introverted, isolated and immobile. Let go of instant gratification from constant scrolling and over stimulation which shortens attention span. Enjoy the moment, forget the past, don’t speculate the future be in the NOW.

MAKE

Take time to make origami. We have an exclusive colourful mystic mascot to match your mood.  Give yourself creative space to switch off, contemplate and make.  Decorate your cosmic creature and keep as a magic memento of your day.


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Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Wednesday 31st January: 3rd Rail Print Space launch at Peckham Levels



























Since my blog posts promoting the Kickstarter campaign for 3rd Rail Print Space, its been fully funded and set up within the creative hub of Peckham Levels.  The official launch invited the public in for an evening to sample London's largest open access screen printing facility.  There was a chance to pull your own print to make a Camille Walala pattern tote bag to test the new equipment and take away a cosmic keepsake.  Technicians were demonstrating printing long lengths of fabric designed by Kangan Arora which was then cut and sewn into cushions by Etemi Otubu.  Paper printing was also on show making posters for the 3rd Rail Presents shop and gallery which you can also see here with my favourite artist's editions by Mr Penfold. Head over to their site to find out more about the studio for access or renting a desk space and see the full range of merchandise in their store including Lynnie Zulu and Hattie Stewart. 

(I also had to include a pic of our dinner from Nandine upstairs because today marks the end of Veganuary and their food is the best thing I've had all month, absolutely delicious with every morsel and so many different flavours in one platter!!!!)