Ten and a half and still going strong
Tags: Annely Juda Fine Art, Autograph ABP, Barry Flanagan, Bruce McLean, Can Do, Cherie Silver, Fig 2, Gary Woodley, Giulia Ponzano, ICA, Karen Di Franco, Leslie Foxcroft, LIVE, MA Curating and Collections, Maria Walsh, Mo Throp, Modern Activity, Peter Downsbrough, Sarah Lucas, Should I Stay Or Should I Go, Sinéad Bligh, Syd Shelton
Our 61st exhibition, Leslie Foxcroft: Corners, is now in its final week. This elegantly poised minimal installation helps us reflect not only on the excellent work of this highly respected artist but also on the architecture that it inhabits.
The material language of MDF, screws and washers is unembellished and clear and Foxcroft’s title – Corners – is equally direct, showing us not only how these works beautifully articulate spaces that are usually ignored, but also pointing out that the walls of the main exhibiting area of CHELSEA space are not linked conventionally but, instead are two ‘L’ shapes separated by a glass window on one side and an entrance way on the other.
Whilst we are dissappointed that the last day of our Leslie Foxcroft show is this Friday, we are delighted that Friday 30th October is also the first day of Leslie Foxcroft: Angles at Annely Juda Fine Art and we are looking forward to seeing this Dering Street installation. After Leslie’s show with us has finished we can take some consolation that we still have the very handsome small exhibition publication Drift that was produced by the artist for us in collaboration with our Public Programme Curator, Karen Di Franco, and Modern Activity. Copies of Drift will soon be available from our E-Store priced £5.
Leslie Foxcroft’s installation is part of a long term open series of site-specific and site-related shows that started with our inaugural show Gary Woodley Impingement #47 in 2005 and also includes Peter Downsbrough’s AND HERE + A PLACE TO BE. MA Curating and Collections graduate, Anastasia Papaonisiforou worked with Gary Woodley to partially reconstruct Impingement 47 at CHELSEA space as her graduation piece for the exhibition LIVE: Works from the Collections.
Although we didn’t hold a big 10th anniversary celebration like our Should I Stay Or Should I Go events for our 5th year, we were delighted that Anastasia marked the 10th year for us with the partial reconstruction of the Gary Woodley installation a decade after its original outing. The establishment of MA Curating and Collections, co-written by Dr David Dibosa and CHELSEA space Director, Donald Smith, was the big marker of the first 10 years; CHELSEA space has retained its autonomous exhibitions and events programme but the ethos, professional practice and exhibition history of CHELSEA space has now become part of curatorial pedagogy at Chelsea College of Arts.
Many of the 2014-15 cohort of students have already found curatorial and gallery roles, we wish them all well in the future and we welcome the new students. One of the MA Curating and Collections graduates, Cherie Silver has been awarded the Chelsea Arts Club Trust Research Fellowship and will be based with us at CHELSEA space. We are grateful to the outgoing Fellow, Sinead Bligh, who is currently working with the Barry Flanagan archive.
Ten and a half years into the CHELSEA space project it has been interesting and flattering to see our exhibition history and our role in instigating projects being acknowledged at other venues recently. Bruce McLean’s 2006 CHELSEA space show and self styled “process-spective” Process Progress Project Archive was evoked with a display of our poster as part of McLean’s Fig-2 at the ICA. McLean also kindly ackowledged the importance of our show with him during filming for his ‘interview’ with himself.
Finally, we are looking forward to our forthcoming exhibition focussing on the Womens Art Library Magazine Archive entitled Can Do and curated by Mo Throp and Maria Walsh. The private view is on November 17th frm 6-8.30pm and we look forward to seeing you there.
CHELSEA space publications from our past shows are available from our E-Store