Opening today at Transition Gallery in Hackney, London, we recommend you to check the Tamsynettes, a series by artist Tamsyn Challenger.
“Tamsyn Challenger broadly concerns herself with the steady march of time upon the body; on her own, on those whom she loves, male and female, and on the desperate ravages inflicted on a woman’s form by the warping of beauty into an ideology, where the natural becomes perverse.
As a documentarian she has born witness to gender violence and the subsequent lives no longer in extant. Inevitably, this colours a palette and she has recently been utilising body parts, actual along with representational, as a visceral reminder of mortality to a detached audience.
Conceptually led, her work toys with the forces of modern popular culture as blind-siding. The nipping and tucking of whatever is at hand to under-pin an image and the passivity of watching to create identity often moves Challenger to reunite fairytale such as The Snow Queen and Snow White with their gruesome roots.
Living up to her name Challenger wants to challenge the viewer to resist the all-pervading post-modern ethic whilst by her own admission being the most post-modern woman she knows.
At Transition Challenger will introduce The Tamsynettes. Forever versions of herself for you to play with.”
Tamsyn Challenger trained at Winchester School of Art and KIAD. She has worked as a collaborative artist with the Magdalena Festival in Barcelona and with Triangle theatre. Her work has been exhibited in the Truman Brewery and Candid Arts in London. She has also produced documentary work for the BBC, ‘My Male Muse’ receiving Radio 4′s ‘Pick of the Year’ accolade. For the past five years she has undertaken a conceptual installation based in portraiture that comes to fruition in November 2010 in Shoreditch Town Hall. This work includes collaborating with over 150 different artists and is a project she conceived of in Mexico that focuses on the murdered women of Juarez
Tonight Riflemaker will host a special live performance “Mouth Off !” by Russian artist Andrey Bartenev.
If you can’t make it you still can view th exhibition at the gallery until March 11.
If you work or walked through Soho recently, you must have probably noticed the strange and hypnotic art installation in the windows of Riflemaker on Beak street.
Pay them a visit, it is interesting!
Bartenev’s ‘glass discotheque’ depicts a lake of mirrored light spheres with the words “connection lost” circling in endless orbit. A tiny heart planted inside each one symbolizes the frustration that awaits us all in this world of virtual and passive communication. The message endlessly reproduces itself within it’s virus-like blur; a whirl of letters and mirrors creating its own new connective structure. This microcosmic dancefloor, on which the revellers are almost touching yet still dance alone, becomes a metaphor for the alienation of today’s virtual, simulative communities. Disco-nnexion will be remixed at Riflemaker from December 2007 through February 2008.
London-based gallery IBID Projects started “Judith”, a series of projects curated by Vita Zaman (one of the gallery’s director).
The first commission has been created by RCA graduate and artist Anthea Hamilton, whose installation work has already gained some genuine interest in the art world. For “Judith” the artist created two almost surrealistic necklaces, “Brass Egg Necktie (Necklace)” and “Copper Lip Nipple Necklace (Bespoke)”.