PRIVATE VIEW - THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2019
OPENS FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER TO SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2019
Rosalind Davis and Justin Hibbs bring together different aspects of their artists’ practice into direct dialogue with one another, creating collaborative transformative and experiential installations made up of modular parts; steel frames and mirrored elements that reflect both one another and reconfigure the surrounding space, acting as an endlessly changing composing device as the viewer navigates the work. Disorientating and mesmerising the observer showing “how space can be both clearly and deceivingly bordered, walled, outlined and mirrored. Their resulting work highlights possibilities, pathways and dead ends as short-lived arrangements which, despite their calculated appearance, are actually subjective compositions, susceptible to constant re-assembly.” Jillian Knipe, Wall Street International.
In a collaboration at Arthouse1 earlier in May 2019 their collaborative installation incorporated plants that echoed the structural elements of their works within an organic form. For their exhibition at The Foundry Gallery Davis and Hibbs will create a new site-specific installation that will be transformed across the duration of the show to play with new possibilities in the space and alternative works to emerge. Steel, mirrors, Perspex, paintings, vinyl and plants will be used within it. There is an ongoing negotiation between our perspective of being external to the structure and our bodily experience of interacting with it.
Davis and Hibbs individual practices share common references to the social, political and aesthetic agendas encoded within architectural structures and in different ways renegotiate the visual and ideological legacies of modernism to probe both real and idealised notions of space. They create structures where the potential for interpretation or reading of context is contingent on the audiences’ individual and relational responses.
Rosalind Davis is an artist whose central investigation is the transformation and reconfiguration of space through multiple disciplines. Beginning with the highly rationalised and objective language of architecture, Davis dis-assembles its geometries to re-create new and multifaceted spaces. The resulting environments and her paintings probe the relationships between both the physical and psychological aspects of space. “Davis’ sculptural interventions have an ability to change composition in a circular narrative portraying how we move through space while adapting to the structures and how we adapt structure to the way we move through space. A transformative piece which looks to fold, shift, disassemble, lean and reconfigure itself with endless possibilities. Rosalind relates this to her earlier paintings of brutalist and modernist buildings as if she's 'taken the structure and pulled it out and turned it into a sculpture.” Jillian Knipe. Wall Street International
Justin Hibbs’ site-specific installations and wall drawings play with a sense of constantly shifting perspectives that tease out relationships between the flatness of two-dimensional drawing processes and their potential for virtual projection and spatial illusionism. These installations have functioned as containers for multiple individual works and synthesise the relationships between them. The works are created through a cycle of mutations where they are reformatted, sampled and re-versioned from others, oscillating between the digital and the analogue, reinventing the legacies of modernism through contemporary tropes of mutation and reproduction.
ROSALIND DAVIS is an artist, curator and a graduate of The Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003). As an artist Davis has exhibited nationally and internationally. Selected Solo Shows: solo shows: no format Gallery (2017), the Bruce Castle Museum (2013); John Jones & Julian Hartnoll Gallery (2009); The Residence Gallery (2007). Selected Group Exhibitions: The Courtauld Institute; Arthouse1; Bo Lee Gallery; Standpoint Gallery; Transition Gallery; The Roundhouse; The ING Discerning Eye; The Lynn Painters Stainers Prize, Sevenoaks; Kaleidoscope Gallery and no format Gallery. Her work is held in a number of private and public collections.
Davis is the Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery; a dynamic gallery in a law firm. She previously co-directed and developed two arts organizations; Zeitgeist Arts Projects (ZAP 2012-15) and Core Gallery (2009-11).
JUSTIN HIBBS studied at Central Saint Martins, London (1991-1994). He has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally and has also curated a series of artist-led exhibitions. Selected Solo Shows: Between Before and After at Arroniz Arte in Mexico City (2018), Alias_Re_Covered (2015) at Carroll / Fletcher; PARA/SITE (2013) & Secondary Modern (2010) at Christinger De Mayo Gallery, Switzerland; Altneuland (2007), Lucy Mackintosh Gallery, Switzerland; Metroparadisiac (2006) and I'll Wait for You (2005) at the One in the Other Gallery, London. Recent Group Shows: Observation Rooms, Arthouse 1, London; Rules of Freedom, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London; Shapeshifters, Arthouse1 London; Abstraction I, Arroniz Gallery, Mexico; Pencil/Line/Eraser (2014), Carroll / Fletcher, London; Superstructures (2013), Arroniz Arte, Mexico City; Oh My Complex, Kunstverien Stuttgart, Germany.