Scene-zine articles from August 2014

25 August 2014

It all Starts with a Dream

A huge thank you to everyone who visited and participated in It all Starts with a Dream, for making it so special!

A special thank you to all who exhibited: Electra Costa; Laura Bodo Lajber; Chiashan Lee; Hollie Miller; and Kevin Wang and Nicolas O’Leary – it was great to see everyone’s work together and to see you at the show too!

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Thank you all again!

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19 August 2014

It all Starts with a Dream: Opening

So the opening night came and went – a big thank you to all who came and made it such a success! We had a great time and it was amazing to see all the work up and everyone there all together! We were especially glad to have Hollie Miller there giving an intimate and improvised performance which responded to the gallery itself and the works on show.

There are still a few days left before we close but I thought I’d put a few snaps up while I had a minute (but nothing which gives the game away too much!)

Hollie Miller as Pierrot

Hollie Miller as Pierrot

 

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13 August 2014

It all Starts with a Dream: Hollie Miller

Hollie practices in various disciplines, including: choreography; performance; digital technologies; interactivity and large-scale puppetry. She studied Choreography before training in Butoh (a style of Japanese dance theatre), for which she travelled to Japan to advance her learning. Hollie has performed and exhibited at many venues in the UK and New York, and has featured in various short films. She is currently relocating to New York to pursue studies in Performance and Interactive Media Arts.

For ‘It all Starts with a Dream’, Hollie has submitted work form her time in Japan, titled ‘Pierrot’, which she documented through photography and video. The piece is a surreal exercise in understanding the self in relation to the surrounding environment, and was supported by the Lisa Ullmann Traveling Fund.

She describes her project below:

Traveling alone through Japan I wore a costume replica of an antique doll and collaborated with strangers who took my theatrical portrait at various stages along my journey. My disguise and freedom allowed me to explore foreign land as an outsider, whilst being constantly reminded of the feeling of belonging by the identical doll I carried. As I documented this surreal immersion into another culture and landscape I investigated my body as object and the role of ‘artist’ as clown. 

From Pierrot

From Pierrot

Hollie will be giving a special performance as part of the exhibition on the opening evening (Thursday 14th August).

See more of Hollie’s work at: http://cargocollective.com/holliemiller

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11 August 2014

It all Starts with a Dream: Laura Bodo Lajber

Laura is a fine artist based in London who has exhibited at many galleries throughout Spain and London. Her work draws on that of the artist Joseph Cornell: using the composition of objects to narrate the story at hand. Her assemblages bring the past lives of each found item to the piece, conjuring other worlds and evoking other times and places.

For ‘It all Starts with a Dream, Laura has entered work from her piece The Nietzche Project, called Royal Ballet. The piece is an exploration in longing and dreaming as an escape from the pain of separation.

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A few words from the artist:

Logic is a sin. I despise reality, I choose opera.

I want the audience to stand up and faint. I demand an ovation. Simplicity is also a sin. I despise the effortless. One word flashes in my head and doesn’t leave me alone: “complex”. Despite my efforts for finding a simple route, I bite my lips until they bleed, carving new trails with my nails and making the grass grow on those paths, with my saliva and my breath.

I went far away from everything I knew and ever loved, to embark on a journey that although has a clear end in my mental map, it is now an endless net of roads built as they are walked by a blind man. I thought I was a dancer with a story waiting to be told, looking for a bridge between the secret essence of the words that lay in the darkness and the indiscreet and curious lips of the appropriate narrator. But I am the blind man who draws those roads, I’ve opened up and the blade has touched me. I let it touch me because I prefer the concentrated to the diluted. All that I could be and still, I am nothing. How I love and humiliate, how far I go and ask for closeness. I float in my flood and scream like a crazy and dirty old man, hiding in his hermetic cave.

Whenever I am creating, I am singing or crying. Making art is one of the most natural processes in my life; it is a need, a way for expressing and also healing. In every work I create, I put all I have inside. Every piece tells a story, and it is the result of a very specific feeling. All of them are unique pieces created in a time of internal burning. I find no sense in creating a piece without having a strong sickening need to do so, the pieces are made of fire. 

See more of Laura’s work at the websites below:

www.saatchiart.com/laurabodolajber

www.flickr.com/photos/laubolajber

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08 August 2014

It all Starts with a Dream: Chiashan Lee

Chiashan is currently studying fine art in Wimbledon, having previously studied textile design both at Chelsea and in her native Taiwan. Chiashan has exhibited both in group and solo exhibitions in Europe, New York and Taipei.

Her piece for ‘It all Starts with a Dream’ is titled ‘Belonging’, and through the production and completed installation explores the idea of national identity and the need to belong.

The Belonging

The Belonging

Some words from the artist:

A dream brings me from 60000 miles away to here.

A dream supports me and gives me courage to stay here.

We dream the same dream. We believe the same dream, which connect us together. The dream helps us to find our belonging.

My practice explores the relationship between Chinese immigrates who live in the western nations and the difficulty of how they find their belonging and identity. My practices also are richly imbued with personal themes and nostalgia as well as references from traditional Chinese culture. I am using an idea of following the dream what we used to believe together in the eastern traditional custom.

The world in experienced in a state of motion, everything is in a state of flux. That which appears stable is temporary stability. Maybe my so-called homeland only exists in my dream in the era.

See more of Chiashan’s work at www.chiashanlee.com

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