Preview: Wednesday 20 August 2014. 6-9pm. Also exhibited at VITRINE Bermondsey Square until 13 September 2014.
I Meet Together, I Agree features new works by artists-in-residence Eleni Bagaki, Stéphane Blumer, Heena Kim and Soomeen Kim. The title, from the Latin term congruō that means to agree/ meet/ combine, is a nod to the residency programme at Vitrine that brought the artists together.
Conversations about the local, its people, history, symbols and inevitably, its transformation were starting points of the exhibition. Eventually, the conversations became about communication itself. How language, symbols and objects imprint our existence, how they interact and intercept and how, perhaps, it is the experience of meaning that transpires through time. Together, they have come to reveal something beyond the local, something omnipresent.
Bagaki’s work moves between the aesthetics of the sublime and the mundane, the banality of everyday objects, consumerism and Internet culture. For her work ‘Be my Bacon’ she navigates the plethora of images we consume daily to interpret and appropriate. The mundane becomes sexual, playful and humane.
Blumer addresses the zone of conflict between the individual and society. His practice challenges personal and cultural conventions by investigating language and its shortcomings. Nostalgie de la Boue, meaning ‘nostalgia for the mud’; is a metaphoric expression of desire to return to more primitive social conditions. Blumer’s film of the same name, an hour long montage of found footage illustrates Beckett’s ‘exhaustion of language’. While his Bermondsey Square installation #hashtactivismspreadswhilerocksfalldownthedrycliffsintotheseasbythesunsetlight is a commentary on the possibilities and complexities of democratic language.
Heena Kim’s work is concerned with the omnipresent idea, ‘something is always happening behind our sight’. She reenacts constructed narratives based on learned assumptions instead of didactic facts. Her paintings reveal a playful and provocative interpretation of these misunderstood narratives.
Soomeen Kim focuses on revealing discarded, forgotten, inconspicuous construction objects. Her practice has an element of ritual, the daily pilgrimage to collect remnants of an over powering industry, the daily treatment of these objects to retain history and reveal a new story. In her attempt, Forgotten Materials becomes an archive of an historic site. These found fragments, embed in nostalgia, are monuments for transforming cities. Between them, between this diversity, they have come to tease the pathetic. It is perhaps an attempt to defend the experience of emotion, above any profound narrative.
Between them, between this diversity, they have come to tease the pathetic. It is perhaps an attempt to defend the experience of emotion, above any profound narrative.
Eleni Bagaki (Born in Greece. Lives/works Athens, Greece) graduated from Central Saint Martins of Art and Design in 2006. She had exhibited internationally with solo shows including My crap is BIGGER than yours!, Remap4, Athens, Greece (2013) and NO EYES NO SOUL, OpenShowStudio, Athens, (2013).
Stéphane Blumer (Born in Switzerland. Lives/works London, UK) graduated in MA Fine Art from Goldsmiths in 2012. He has exhibited internationally including Etcetera 等等, Institute For Provocation (IFP), Beijing, CN (2014 and (Super)latus, Tivoli Kunsthalle, Geneva, CH Epi(deixis), BYCR gallery, Milano, IT (2013). He has won numerous awards including 2014 Pro Helvetia Grant for Research (2014), Research Residency at the Institute For Provocation (IFP), Beijing, CN and Fondation Helène et Victor Barbour, Geneva, CH (2012).
Heena Kim (Born in S. Korea. Lives/works London, UK) graduated in MA Fine Art from Central Saint Martins of Art and Design in 2008. She had exhibited internationally with solo shows including Pink Human, The Briggait Project Space, Glasgow, UK (2011) Invisible vs. visible, Nest Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland (2010). She has received awards including Finalist for BEEP, Wales’ International Painting Prize, Elysium Gallery, UK (2012). She completed a residency programme, Curatorial Project Site Specific Squat, foundation B.a.d, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2013).
Soomeen Kim (Born in S. Korea. Lives/works Chicago, USA) graduated MA Fine Art from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. Her solo show includes Black Out For Seeing, The Garage, Seoul, Republic of Korea (2009). Group shows include (Un)event, Above the Picture Framing Shop Gallery, Chicago, IL (2014) and Chautauqua National Juried Exhibition: Beauty Matters, Giles Gallery, Richmond, KY (2014)
Mary George (Born in India, Lives/ works in London. She graduated in MA Art Management from Goldsmiths in 2011. She has previously worked with Candlestar, The Agency Gallery and Artprojx. Recent shows include Beyond Rational Thought, Co-curator, The Agency Gallery, London and A Portrait in Fragments: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Assistant Curator, The Korean Cultural Centre, London. She currently works with Uncertain States, an artist-led photography project.
About Vitrine Residency
VITRINE residency offers four artists – with cross-disciplinary practices – the space, support and opportunity to make work towards an exhibition at the gallery in August 2014. Artists-in-residence Eleni Bagaki, Stéphane Blumer, Heena Kim and Soomeen Kim have diverse practices yet their proposals had elements of responding in – situ while continuing to explore independent narratives.
Co-curated by Mary George