More Talk, Less Text:ORAL history
Looking At You:A show of contemporary painting
Launching — 26 June 2019
2–14 April 2019
Gedney Common is a collective of artists, designers, curators, writers and researchers. Drawing on the social and cultural traditions of UK commons, the group produces projects which range from solo shows to community archives, through collaborative support, communication and experimentation.
Our work meets at the intersection of creative and social projects, encouraging a plurality of voices with an emphasis on equality, diversity and inclusion.
Gedney Common was formed in 2019 by Georgia Cherry, Arthur Carey, Charlotte Flint and Ross Head.
The London we know is transforming. Gentrification and social change are re-shaping the city and as a result many spaces are disappearing. More Talk, Less Text seeks to capture the memories of these vanishing places. By collecting oral histories recounting personal experiences of these sites, the project will provide a human-centred history of the spaces and a body of site-specific public artwork.
In collaboration with Queerstory London, the inaugural project is dedicated to queer spaces and commemorates 50 years since the Stonewall riots. ORAL history will be launching at the Science Museum/Pride London Sexuality Late on 26 June.
Tickets now available: Register for a Free Ticket
Please note this event is for ages 18 and over.
The first in a series of exhibitions which interrogate established modes of practice, Gedney Common presents Looking At You. Using traditional notions of portraiture as a starting point, the exhibition includes works by Rebecca Harper, Ross Head, Anna Ilsley, Igor Moritz and Janet Sainsbury.
Portraits have served a key purpose in constructing, projecting and policing identity, and were frequently used as social and political tools to demonstrate a sitter’s power, status and beauty.
Collapsing historic preconceptions of portraiture, these artists present bodies which are shrouded in raucous colour, abstracted, amorphous, playful and lifelike, exploring the portrait and the figure through a contemporary lens.
Kindly supported by Pressision printers, Leeds
26 June 2019Wed 18.45–22.00Book Tickets
Science MuseumExhibition Rd.London SW7 2DD
2–14 April 2019Mon–Fri 08.00–16.00Sat 10.00–18.00
Rose Lipman Building43 De Beauvoir Rd.London N1 5SQ
Desire! Desire!(a solo show by Ross Head)
22 February–30 April
Using human sexuality as a starting point, this exhibition includes a new body of works on paper that have evolved from a personal archive of collected imagery. Depicting male figures either alone or in groups, these bodies are playfully folded, abstracted and interlocked, appearing to melt and merge with one another.
Often conveying masculine softness and sensuality, these drawings are combinations of direct observation and spontaneous expression. Repeated gestures create associations of excess and desire – themes which have fascinated artists for centuries. Seeking to subvert established notions of sexuality and the body through playful exploration, this multi-disciplinary exhibition is inspired by way that the male figure is viewed in art, mainstream media and queer culture.
22 February–30 AprilMon–Fri 11.00-19.00Sat/Sun 11.00–18.00
Pages of Hackney70 Lower Clapton Rd.London E5 0RN