Eltham College is delighted to present “Parting Ways, Salty Ego,” an exciting summer group exhibition hosted at the renowned Gerald Moore Gallery, situated right on our school premises. The exhibition showcases captivating new works by talented artists: Aidan O’Sullivan, Aylish Browning, Hem O’Hur, Imogen Browning, Lambdog1066, Milo Creese, nothing.to.nothing (N2n collective), and Victoria Grenier.
From 15th July to 29th July 2023, “Parting Ways, Salty Ego” invites you to embark on a journey through a diverse range of artistic practices that confront the realms of the known and the possible. Through this exhibition, we explore potential, imaginary, distant, and elusive worlds, seeking to uncover hidden truths that lie beyond our immediate perception—subliminal occurrences, natural rhythms, patterns, and the enigmatic forces of the non-human world.
Drawing inspiration from economic structures beyond our own, these exceptional artworks delve into intricate systems like root and mycelium networks, as well as ant territories. By doing so, they spark speculative visions and delve into esoteric planes, offering a glimpse of a hopeful and promising future.
Pale green, then darkness, layer after layer, deeper than before, seabottom: the water seemed to have thickened, in it pinprick lights and darted, red and blue, yellow and white, and I saw that there were fish, the chasm dwellers, fins lined with phosphorescent sparks, teeth neon. It was wonderful that I was down so far …
–Surfacing, Margaret Atwood
Exhibition runs until 29th July 2023
The exhibition is open every Saturday 10am to 4pm until 29th July 2023 or by appointment for other days. You can book your free tickets here.
Aidan O’Sullivan attempts to make objects and pictures in a way that allows the latent meaningfulness or truthfulness of his unconscious to come out. By creating space for intuition, spontaneity, playfulness, and chaos within his object and picture making practice, he has found that he is able to overcome the restrictions and prejudices of the ego.
Mazes, infrastructures, landscapes, as well as concepts of waves, time, and personal identity figure in his work both as subject and as the creative, expressive process. Paint layers are added and removed repeatedly, often over many years, until time and agency become difficult to distinguish in the complex, mottled mesh of the picture.
Aylish Browning’s work is interdisciplinary. Working with collage and print, she turns to sources of the esoteric, plants and caregiving practices as a way to harness a loss of coherence is one’s surroundings with memories and seasons passing. Recurring motifs and a collapsing of images create a rippling plateau.
Hem O’Hur – Preparation, into the unknown, return and integration. An insight into an intimate spiritual practice.
Imogen Browning is a London-based artist. Currently her main artistic discipline is drawing, particularly using soft pastels and watercolour. For the works in the exhibition, she is exploring ideas of hauntings and ghostly presences in urban domestic spaces. The works are created by collecting old images of children in playgrounds and painting them on top of photographs inspired by light formations that were cast into her bedroom from passing traffic.
Lambdog1066 is amateur couture. A legacy frothing at the mouth, speaking in gilded tongues, embroidered under the cleft hoof and between the needles eye; a legacy scantily clad. From lavish throws to pig lewd costumes, every stone fard with nicotine contour.
Milo Creese is an artist working with moving image, installation, music, and poetry. He works experimentally with a broad range of production techniques (3d and 2d animation, found material, original material, collage, compositing) to investigate the texture of the present. With science fiction, autobiography, and from other eclectic sources, he seeks to make works that reveal some strange truth, beauty and universality in our experience of the now.
nothing.to.nothing (N2n collective)
Victoria Grenier’s work explores perceived hierarchies of consciousness, the status of animal and plant life in our society, and how it connects to wider systems of power and exploitation. In these times of ecological collapse, social unrest, and mass extinction, she finds it useful to call upon the visual and symbolic vocabulary of myth and legends to organise thoughts, feelings, and bring energy or clarity.
Gerald Moore Gallery is a young centre for modern and contemporary art with learning at its heart. Opened in April 2012, in Mottingham, the gallery is uniquely set within the grounds of Eltham College and is a valuable resource for the students and the local community. The gallery has gained momentum hosting some exciting exhibitions including works by Matisse, Louise Bourgeois and Cornelia Parker, whilst supporting emerging local artists. In unison with the exhibitions, the gallery’s outreach programme works with local community groups, teachers and schools, creating lasting relationships with our locality. Gerald Moore Gallery was made possible with the foresight and generosity of Old Elthamian, Dr Gerald Moore, many of whose works are archived at the gallery and who has a permanent exhibition on display.
For more information, images, and interview requests, or to attend the Private View
please contact: Haf Anuar at [email protected]
Image in banner: Milo Creese, Backlit print, 84.1 x 118.9 cm