Artists/Curator Talk

In conjunction with SLAM Last Fridays, RECURSIVE will be open until 8:30pm. It’s also Halloween night – I’ll leave the contemplation of repetitive and recursive tendencies in this tradition to you!

Artists/ Curator Talks, starting at 6PM at No Format Gallery.

Join us for an informal discussion with the artists of RECURSIVE. We’ll discuss personal history as muse and they way these artists have used it to create their works in the show.

A series of marks, neither measured nor equidistant, (c)2011 Jane Boyer

Details

Date: 31 Oct 2014

Time: Starts at 6pm GMT

Venue: No Format Gallery

Admission is FREE

Address: Second Floor Studios & Arts
Harrington Way (off Warspite Road)
Woolwich
London
SE18 5NR


Here is a short excerpt from our discussion that evening. Susan Francis talks about her work and the significance of titles:

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100 Kids

On Friday, 24 October 2014, RECURSIVE is going to be transformed by the questions of 100 thirteen and fourteen year olds – OMG!

Greenwich Free School – Year 9 will be joining us as part of a tour around Second Floor Studios & Arts.

They’re on a one day visit to no format gallery, Thames Barrier Print Studio, the Education Space and one-on-one (well, one-on-100) professional visits to artists and makers studios.

I’m ready though. I think I know how to answer, ‘Wots that then?’


The question I had most today was, “Miss, I don’t know what to draw, what should I draw?”

It was a delight to watch these kids ponder the artworks. Sometimes they were utterly baffled, sometimes they simply enjoyed their own creativity, and at others they really engaged with the works, looking carefully as they drew. Speaking with one of the teachers, I learned that Greenwich Free School is a new school in its third year and they are just beginning to build an arts education programme. Today’s visit to RECURSIVE was their first experience of a white cube space.

The encouraging thing behind this story is the parents. The parents of Greenwich Free School wanted their children to receive education in the arts and so the school is working to meet their demand. The new east wing of the school, which houses the art studios, will open next year. Any child educator and good parent knows the importance of learning through sensory stimulation and broadened experience, this is what art in school provides. Today I saw some kids who felt self-conscious about their lack of drawing skills, but were curious about other issues related to art, like why some smudges were worth millions. Other kids were proud of the drawings they produced and this gave them confidence. Overwhelmingly, the task they enjoyed the most was working collaboratively to create a still life drawing. Each mark was their own mark in the bigger picture.

Here are some pictures from today…

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‘HOW THE PAST PUSHES ITS WAY INTO THE PRESENT’ WITH DR ANGELA FELL

Ecstasy, (c)2010 Hitomi Kammai

Ecstasy, (c)2010 Hitomi Kammai

12 October 2014

RECURSIVE: How the past pushes its way into the present

Dr Angela Fell, Jungian analyst and psychotherapist, presents a discussion on how the past pushes its way into the present, in conjunction with RECURSIVE.

I have been a Psychotherapist, then Jungian Analyst for over thirty years and during that time I have worked with quite a number of artists, some of whom have become well known and some of whom are struggling to become established. I would say that one of the aims of the analytic work is to unlock the blocks to living a creative life and that creativity is a sign of health, perhaps the main one.

The title of this exhibition, Recursive, is an interesting one. I am going to take it to mean ever-recurring patterns: patterns within patterns that repeat infinitely. This image is useful when thinking of our personal issues.

Dr Angela Fell

We hope you will join us for this stimulating discussion. Entry is free to all.

Details

Date: 12 Oct 2014

Time: Starts at 2pm GMT

Venue: No Format Gallery

Address: Second Floor Studios & Arts
Harrington Way (off Warspite Road)
Woolwich
London
SE18 5NR

Take the Jubilee Line to North Greenwich station, then buses 161 of 472 from bus stop A. Get off the bus at Warspite Road stop, one stop after Royal Greenwich University Tech College. Walk to the end of Harrington Road, left through the entrance barriers and straight down, the gallery will be on the right.