LCN Artists’ Profiles #1

August 2016


The following artists have been selected as part of the first round of London Creative Network at SPACE

Alan Magee investigates the power or powerlessness of the individual in an increasingly controlled and organised world. Consequently much of his work is also about trying to find, and evidence, his place in the world. Using Hannah Arendt’s The Human Condition as a point of reference, he considers our options when faced with no access to ‘work’ or ‘action’; just ‘labour’.

Alex Evans’ obsessively hand drawn geometric shapes and complex patterns manipulate established traditions of mathematical space in order to depict hybrid architectural biological systems and topologies of the imagined city.

Anita Delaney is interested in how the individual body operates as a presence and force under everyday conditions- material, intellectual and political. Tone is important in her work with a particular interest in giving attention to the tender and earnest.

Anne Krinsky makes installations in response to archived materials. Doing so gives her the chance to engage with new visual content and create work that “left to [her] own devices” she never would make.

Bobby Sayers’ practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and performances that challenge traditional notions of beauty and value; examining the sublime within the everyday.

Christy Symington’s inspiration combines subject research with the manner of process across a range of materials altering traditional techniques, which is continually evolving. Human impact on our social and natural world and the interaction that each has with the other underlay both her sculpture and drawings.

Duncan Loudon is a multi-disciplinarily artist working predominantly with moving image. His work deals with modern masculinity and the experience of the current youth, being the first generation to have grown up within the Internet.

Emma Davis is a writer and a visual artist, always torn between semiotic means. She works across a variety of media, including oils, watercolour, etchings, monoprints and pencil on paper, but all of her work really relates to drawing, an activity she finds somehow intimate.

Gaynor O’Flynn works across disciplines using her voice, her songs, light, technology, moving image & her body to create interactive music, performances, installations & limited edition works. Rooted in meditative & contemplative techniques, her work respects ancient wisdom reinterpreting it for the modern world.

Gemma Kauffman works primarily in paint and photography to create images that speak of inner worlds, serving as a reflection of the emotional core that exists in us all. Her approach is playful and gradual; more a world of invitations, questions and signposts than of answers.

IttahYoda is interested in the loss of linear continuity and order in the virtual world where there is no hierarchy or order in the information available. The relation between human and technology feels as if it is becoming more equal as the separation between the object and the subject is becoming more and more meaningless.

Karen David’s area of research is the investigation of esoteric and alternative belief systems and their commodification into mainstream culture. Through a multi-disciplinary practice she takes a ‘ready-mades’ or ‘meta-ready-mades’ which she then appropriate or re-enact to reflect the contentious place of spirituality today.

Kat Austen links community, digitisation, collaboration, transdisciplinarity and democratisation together, taking opportunities to subvert knowledge and power hierarchies by exploring new ways of generating and valuing knowledge, and interjecting new modes in unexpected environments as part of her artistic/activist practice.

Klaus Thymann is a primarily lens-based visual artist who has a deeply held interest in the act of exploring and mapping – both in a physical sense and in a more conceptual manner; one of seeking out new practices and experimenting with new techniques and approaches.

Lianne Milward is a painter who aims to reflect the disparity between our physical and virtual lives. She find this separation fascinating because the more we control our perceived virtual image, the more obvious to anyone else is our fragility, our loneliness, our insecurities.

Melanie King’s research focuses on the construction of celestographs, on the epistemic and phenomenological implications of celestography, as well as how it is possible to physically grasp and transform light and matter originating from outside of Earth.

Michelle Atherton is interested in the resistance of space through the image and the construction of an insubordinate aesthetic. Her work is a reaction to what she perceives to be certain conditions, (be they social, material or political), at specific points in time. It objectifies cultural phenomena as a means to investigate structures, systems and current indeterminate preoccupations.

Nihal Yesil’s recent photographic work oscillates between the abstract and the given in a process of translation. She is interested in the micro to macro and indexical to theoretical spaces of representation in the world of thoughts and things and the place they occupy creating another form of knowledge and experience.

Raewyn Harrison’s ceramic collections and installations evoke a memory of something forgotten and reinterpreted through a modern lens. Her works have a strong narrative that relate to sites and structures that she finds fascinating.

Samantha Harvey investigates transcendental states the human mind can occupy within oneself and how this can influence external factors. In the hope to seek out alternative contexts for her work to occupy, she investigates the potential of open access by welcoming rather than restricting access, and seeing what environment this can create.

Venetia Norris enjoys the spontaneity of drawing from life and communicating a sense of place. Using a variety of materials including graphite, pen & ink, paint, charcoal gold/silver leaf upon paper and board. She tries to understand and express the journey of how plants or flowers grow.