14 April – 4 May 2014
In the cavernous arch space sit two large structural installations. The works are suggestive of unknown functions, abandoned machinery, too large and defunct to remove, or renegade devices precariously prepped for use. The works interact across a diagonal plane; a large tilted column looms opposite a cluster of worked steel and stone, and silk cocoons in a balanced ornamental assemblage.
Keef Winter’s practice generates abstract apparatus that reference polarised space in the city, fluctuating between glimmering high-rise and dissonant disrepair. Katie Surridge’s process incorporates scavenged materials and manufactured miscellanea, the resulting constructions are low-tech, instinctively engineered objects which combine heavy duty elements with delicate stuff of animal and botanical origin.
In the front gallery space, the components of Keef Winter’s installation co-operate to form a scaled mise en scène comprised of various planes and levels. Constructed with a material awkwardness, this assemblage sits as a curious display for investigation. Katie Surridge’s framed remnants of past London; industry, domestic life, urban activity, as selected by The Thames are curious assortments of debris, gentle in contrast to her heavy duty girder and drift wood sculpture. The objects in this space might be seen as maquettes or by-products of the machine-like structures in the arch behind.
Within its construction this work holds a sense of informal balance, the objects’ precariousness generate a visual energy, emphasised by the positioning of hard beside soft, weighty beside delicate, industrial beside hand-worked and real beside fake.
Mudlarking and Casting Workshops
Sunday 11th May
Katie Surridge lead a mud-larking walk where participants were be taken to a site on the Thames where she likes to scavenge. This was be followed by a casting workshop with Keef Winter at the Vulpes Vulpes gallery space where participants of all ages were able to create a unique plaster work made from their refreshment of choice.