Within These Walls
Christina Gestra, Georgie M’Glug & Tom Wilmott
Presented by Shards of Art @ The Gallery on the Corner
26 –28 January 2012- Preview: 26 January,6–10 pm
Shards of Art presents Within These Walls, an exhibition of painting by Tom Wilmott and photography by Georgie M’Glug & Christina Gestra.
Memory is shaped not only by people and activities, but also by the physical space in which these interactions unfold. It is the confluence of person and place that imbue an otherwise generic architectural blueprint of a room with significance. As artists Tom Wilmott, Georgie M’Glug & Christina Gestra illustrate, a space can take on a dramatically different character, whether comforting or claustrophobic, depending on the use to which it is put.
Tom Wilmott’s paintings depict haunting interiors devoid of human presence. By portraying the paraphernalia of everyday life, he transforms these interiors from anonymous, hollow, architectural shells to meaningful places rife with memories. Whether these memories belong to an actor missing from the narrative, or to the viewer, remains ambiguous.
In contrast, Georgie M’Glug’s stark black and white photographs displace the physicality of the domestic interior and give prominence to ‘homemaking’ activities. By transposing parental roles and conflating inanimate objects with intimate body parts, M’Glug grants viewers access to work that is as personal and revealing as any traditional self-portrait.
While Wilmott & M’Glug explore the domestic and personal aspects of interiors, Christina Gestra challenges the notion of contained spaces as protective by presenting multi-layered photographs of the concentration campAuschwitz. These images remind the viewer that, while walls can protect, they can also imprison, denying the incarcerated any sense of relief.
Phenomenological architectural theorist Gaston Bachelard explored the relationship between memory and architecture in his 1964 publication The Poetics of Space, stating;
“We comfort ourselves by reliving memories of protection. Something closed must retain our memories, while leaving them their original value as images. Memories of the outside world will never have the same tonality as those of home and, by recalling these memories, we add to our store of dreams; we are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost.”
Bachelard’s astute observations, noted over half a century ago, still resonate today, both within these walls and beyond.
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Christina Gestra is both a freelance photographer and a chartered landscape architect. She was born, brought up and is now based in south London, but studied at Edinburgh College of Art. She has lived, worked and studied in both The Netherlands and Italy. Christina is interested in the effect created by super-imposing layers of images and playing with varying levels of transparencies. www.artseg.com
Georgie M’Glug graduated from Portsmouth University in 2006 with a degree in English Literature and Creative Arts, earned a BTEC National Certificate in Photography at Kensington and Chelsea College in 2009 and is currently pursuing further study in photography at London College of Communication. She draws inspiration from the photographic practices of Ryan McGinley, Corinne Day and Nan Goldin. Her work has been exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum (July 2009), The Situation Room (November 2010) with Shards of Art at Acquire Arts (December 2010) RichMix (August 2011) and as part of Queer as Film at the Nellie Dean (November 2011). www.georgiemglug.com
Tom Wilmott studied at Camberwell College of Arts and Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited in London most recently at the Islington Arts Factory in 2009. www.shards-of-art.com/tomwilmott
Shards of Art was launched in 2009 by Amy Shearer and Laura Summerton to support the work of young, up-and-coming artists. Through collaboration with individuals or groups of artists, Shards of Art fosters and facilitates a connection between the artists’ creative vision and a broad audience. www.shards-of-art.com
A contemporary painting exhibition by Emma Cahill. Exploring the ongoing relationship of the use of photography in painting, the exhibition sets to remove the aura of the brushstroke created by the artist.
The pieces are set behind malleable plastic or cast acrylic sheet, with the paintings existing solely on the reverse of the surface. Presenting a magnitude of colour beautiful to the eye, this exhibition highlights the return of aesthetic colour to contemporary painting, but with a material twist.
Emma Cahill is currently studying at Chelsea Collegeof Art and Design inLondon.
The exhibition runs from Tuesday 17th January- 18th January 2012
Preview Tuesday 17th January6-8pm.
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