Thursday, 12 December 2013

Back to Front: Nettie Wakefield and Ed Haslam

Back to Front is a two-person exhibition of drawings by Nettie Wakefield and Edward Haslam presented by Something in the attic, a pop up gallery based in London. 


Both artists have worked in conjunction for the first time to produce a new body of figurative portraits revealing the front and back of their subjects. Nettie’s work captures a focused representation of the back of the head, a lucid snapshot of reality, whilst Edward’s work subtly subverts reality, exploring an area of the face that is disconnected from the figure. 


The collaboration brings vigour to their respective style, as they play off one another’s ideas in a dialogue that runs through this series of drawings. The intriguing range of subjects who sat for the artists will be revealed in the exhibition. Some were brief encounters, formed on a bus or at a caf√©; others have a longstanding history with the artists.


There will be an 8 hour soundtrack played alongside the exhibition each day which has been produced by several artists including Nick Hadfield and Andrew Ashong. 

The exhibition continues until Saturday 14th December. Opening times are Monday - Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday 14th December from 12-5.30pm. 



Thursday, 5 December 2013

Something in the attic comes to Nancy Victor


Love Never Dies by Erin Petson

Artist and Illustrator Erin Petson presented 'Love Never Dies', a solo show of recent works from Thursday 28th November - Tuesday 3rd December at Nancy Victor. 
Image courtesy of Jonathan Peek
Erin's illustrations have a delicate and provocative, almost paper doll effect. Her images are edgy and powerful yet simultaneously ethereal and her genuine love of drawing, montage and markmaking comes through every single one of her pieces.
                                                          Image courtesy of Jonathan Peek
On the opening evening Erin live sketched a couple of models for her audience. She has achieved international acclaim for her works of art that are immediately recognisable. Her first commissions included Stella McCartney and Tank Magazine. Recent clients include Dior, Vogue, Loro Piana, Mother, Victoria Beckham, Swarovski and many more.
You can follow Erin's work at www.erinpetson.com 
 Image courtesy of Jonathan Peek
 Image courtesy of Jonathan Peek

Image courtesy of Jonathan Peek


Friday, 15 November 2013

Upcoming shows for winter 2013 at Nancy Victor

Love Never Dies / Erin Petson
Erin Petson's illustrations have a delicate and provocative, almost paper doll effect. 
They have been described as √ębondage leaning glam fashionvintage. Her images are edgy and powerful yet simultaneously ethereal. Her genuine love of drawing, montage and markmaking seems to come through every single one of her pieces. www.erinpetson.com

The exhibition runs from Thursday 28th November to Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Private View: Thursday 28th November 6-8pm Invitation only 
To request an invitation or for more information please email Amanda May amanda@noirluxe.co.uk
Opening times: Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm and Saturday 30th November 2-6pm
There will be an open evening with live sketching by Erin on Friday 29th November from 6pm-8pm

Back to Front / Nettie Wakefield and Edward Haslam 
Something in the Attic is thrilled to introduce Back to Front, a two-person exhibition of drawings by Nettie Wakefield and Edward Haslam. Both artists have worked in conjunction for the first time to produce a new body of figurative portraits revealing the front and back of their subjects. Nettie’s work captures a focused representation of the back of the head, a lucid snapshot of reality, whilst Edward’s work subtly subverts reality, exploring an area of the face that is disconnected from the figure. The collaboration brings vigour to their respective style, as they play off one another’s ideas in a dialogue that runs through this series of drawings.

The exhibition runs from Friday 6th December to Thursday 12th December 2013
Private View: Thursday 5th December 6-9pm. Please RSVP info@somethingintheattic.co.uk
Opening times: Monday to Friday 10am - 6pm and Saturday 7th December 12-6pm
There will be a late night viewing on Thursday 12th December until 8.30pm

Monday, 7 October 2013

Gallery Hire in Central London

The gallery is currently available to hire for exhibitions, installations and pop up shops. If you would like to hire the space please contact Rachael on 020 7813 0373 or email: rachael@nancyvictor.com with your name, number, email, preferred date for hire, length of hire and the event type. 

Friday, 23 August 2013

Fifty by Fifty 23/08 - 09/09

New show Fifty by Fifty co curated by Nancy Victor and Test Space opened last night. 
Fifty by Fifty is an exhibition of dynamic and curious works that explore culture, society, illusion and the urban landscape. Each artist was given the brief to work within a scale of 50cm x 50cm in which to unleash their artistic creativity. With the restriction of not being able to use the walls, the works culminate in a collaborative installation that encompasses the gallery space and its architecture. 


Contributing artists include: Lynnie Zulu, Serena Katt, SixOneSix, Lorraine Clarke, Louis Masai, Louise Champion, DRB, Shiori Clark, Ellie Geary, Lesley Hilling, Benjamin Murphy, Suzko, Stedhead, Dia57, James Duggan, Ferres, Tony Lee, Captain Kris, David Shillinglaw and Pogger.

Benjamin Murphy, Ink on cake box

Lynnie Zulu, Paint on wood

Stehead, Pogger, Ferres and Serena Katt

Louis Masai and Lorraine Clarke

SixOneSix

Louis Masai and DRB

The show continues until Monday 9th September, open Monday - Friday 12-7pm.


Thursday, 8 August 2013

Forthcoming show Fifty by Fifty

Nancy Victor is pleased to present Fifty by Fifty, a group exhibition by a diverse mix of artists working with paint, print, collage and mixed media co-curated by Nancy Victor and Test Space.


Fifty by Fifity is an exhibition of dynamic and curious works that explore culture, society, illusion and the urban landscape. Each artist was given the brief to work within a scale of 50cm x 50cm in which to unleash their artistic creativity, culminating in a collaborative installation that encompasses the gallery space and its architecture. 

Watch this space for more details. 

Friday, 2 August 2013

Found curated by Test Space

Last night was the opening of Found curated by Test Space. Thank you to everyone who came down. 
8 artists have given new life to  found objects and materials. 




Pogger
Pogger is an illustrator/ and artist based in Leeds working on punk record covers for bands and gig flyers as well as painting, graffiti and screen printing.


Suzko
Suzko grew up in London and takes inspiration from her city and its unique characters, painting on canvas and also walls, creating live art at events all over London and throughout the UK.  

SPZero76
SP Zero76’ is a versatile freelance illustrator and Street artist based in Bristol. He was also part of the winning Secret Wars team at Upfest 2011, Europe’s largest street art festival, alongside Squirl and Loch Ness.



Benjamin Murphy
Electrical Tape Artist.


Stedhead
Stedhead is an illustrator and street artist from the Isle of Man.


Ferres
Ferres is a lowbrow illustrator and street artist from Leeds.


Sixonesix
SixOneSix is a London based street artist working with found and reclaimed objects.


Captain Kris
Genetically enhanced time travelling super artist.


The exhibition runs until Monday 19th August, for more information contact Neil Owen: neil@testspace.info



Thursday, 4 July 2013

The Wisdom of Escape: A group exhibition by Emily Allchurch, Suzanne Moxhay and Barbara Nati


Last night saw the opening of The Wisdom of Escape, an exhibition which explores illusory and imaginative scenes of the future, history and architecture. 


Encouraging a fresh look at digital and analogue collage techniques, these three artists create complex compositions- hybrids inspired by architecture, society and the cinematic image. These haunting environments are recognisable but also often unsettling and uncanny, each artist allowing the transformation of ideas into an intriguing, fluid environment, a tightrope walk that strangely comments on our world today.

Suzanne Moxhay, Sirocco, 2007

Suzanne Moxhay creates three dimensional collages using imagery from the 1950’s and 70’s to produce a space with an uncertain existence between photography and the staged, allowing the imagery to constantly move through real and illusory space.

Barbara Nati, No farewell only endless goodbye, 2012

Barbara Nati focuses on depicting a post catastrophic realm of unfamiliar landscapes. The Pangea ship anchors a confined habitat of sky scrapers within the harbour of a modern metropolis; a striking cloudy monochrome backdrop empowers the ships presence highlighting the illusionary impact upon this city.

Emily Allchurch, Urban Chiaroscuro 8: St. Petersburg (after Piranesi), 2012

Emily Allchurch uses digital collage techniques to explore architecture, culture and civilisation. Allchurch forms multiple photographs taken from Rome, Paris, London and St.Petersburg to create Urban Chiaroscuro, a series of complex environments inspired by a series of etchings published in 1743-45 by Giovanni Battista Piranesi. 





The Wisdom of Escape runs until Friday 26th July, open every Monday-Friday 12-7pm and Saturdays by appointment. 
On Thursday 25th July we will be open until 9pm for Fitzrovia Lates.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Test Space heads to Nancy Victor

Test Space will be exhibiting 'Found' at Nancy Victor from Wednesday 31st July - Monday 19th August. 

Found and recycled objects hold personal histories and interactions which can be used and built upon to create a new life, new associations or narrative. Each exhibiting art work has been painted, sprayed or built onto found materials, be it skate decks, tree stumps, speakers or baseball bats.

The exhibition shows work by a selection of artists Test Space have worked with previously, alongside a number of artists who were invited to exhibit including: Benjamin Murphy, Pogger, Ferres, Suzko, International Nobody, SixOneSix  and Captain Kris. 

Test Space is a creative agency established in 2010, developing innovative and new ways to showcase artists and their work, often making use of temporary, unusual and abandoned property to do this. 

Join us for the opening on Thursday 1st August from 6.30-8.30pm

Monday, 17 June 2013

The Stories of Food by Mary Dalton

The Stories of Food, print maker Mary Dalton's debut solo show at Nancy Victor opened at the weekend. There was a tasty selection of cakes and tea to welcome those out of the rain. Monoprints, etchings, wood cuts and textile make this an exciting yet dark exhibition about an essential for every day life.   

Seed Watching, 2012

Mary Dalton's work is enthused and inspired by food, what it means to us and how we treat and consume it. Dalton's previous work at London's Borough Market and teaching the homeless is used to inspire her art works, allowing them to often take on a form of their own. Large abstract figures are drawn loosely within a narrative, whether it be growing food to consuming it. 

Seed Sprouting, 2012

Dalton describes food as being a conundrum. For many it is pleasure, comfort or joy but for others it is pain, anguish and hardship, being both greed and hunger. 

The Destruction of Land at the Street (Community Market Garden) 2013

Fabric and textile are also exhibited alongside the print works. These pieces are an extended canvas from the printing press, a second outcome for a larger narrative. The fragility of embroidery and disembodied figures play homage to and fully encapsulates the spirit of this exhibition, encouraging us to think differently about the way we use food in daily life.

How Greed and Hunger ate each other, 2013

Embracing the Surplace, selection of prints

Oyster Eating II, 2011 and Oyster Hunger Mushroom Faces, 2013




The Stories of Food continues until Friday 28th June 2013.  Nancy Victor is open from 12-7pm Monday - Friday. 

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Snow of his young life by Laurie Storey

Snow of his young life explores the manipulation of imagery within the media, particularly tabloid newspapers, this exhibition questions the use of wrought imagery to accommodate a different view point, and the theatrical nature of journalism. 

The relationship wasn't going anywhere until one thing tied it all together, acetate, paint, wood, 2013

The starting point for this project came about from a personal experience which happened over 20 years ago. On a very snowy February 9th 1991, when Laurie Storey was seven and his brother Ben two, his mother walked them from their house to the local shops in extremely cold conditions. Ben cried all the way. During the journey a man claiming to be a news photographer asked if he could take a picture of Ben crying on his sled. Their mother, although slightly confused and finding the situation unusual, obliged, and thought no more about it. The following morning Laurie's mother received a phone call from their slightly panicked Grandmother. It appeared that the image of Ben crying in the snow had been published on the front page of the Daily Mail Newspaper. The photographer had cleverly snapped a shot of Ben at such a moment, that the stretched grimace on the child's face actually looked like a smile. The caption which accompanied the image said, 'Three year old Ben Story, enjoying the first snow of his young life.' This information was incorrect, Ben was actually two, his name was spelt wrongly, he was not enjoying himself, and the previous year he and his family had spent the winter in Colorado, USA, where it snowed every day.

Original news story from 1991

The adjustment of innocent subject matter masks a much darker practice in contemporary journalism. Dates, facts, figures as well as personal testimony are often tweaked and adjusted to make news articles more spectacular. 'Snow of his young life' questions this use of imagery to enhance or convey opinion in the media by creating a selection of sardonic alternative endings or perspectives. The death of Colonel Gaddafi and the murder trial of Amanda Knox were both sensationalised stories, although very different, they both represent theatrical notions of death and power. Specific images taken from newspaper articles are worked into, manipulated and printed onto acetate. In order to expose and influence the images, the acetate is presented in layers to portray the build-up of a story, thus forming a satirical narrative highlighting the absurdity of imagery manipulation.





Snow of his young life runs until Monday 10th June open from 12-7pm