Identify your limitations, acknowledge the periphery

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Jennifer Douglas, Justin Eagle, Sean Edwards, Ditte Gantriis, Maria de la O Garrido, Lauren Godfrey, Ludovica Gioscia, Felicity Hammond, Holly Hendry, Karin Hueber, Alix Marie, McGilvary/White, Paul Merrick, Lucia Quevedo, Charlie Godet Thomas, Aethan Wills and Madalina Zaharia


VITRINE, London hosts an ambitious group exhibition with site-specific works, by eighteen British and International artists, exploring notions of limitations, instruction-based practice, and the role of the vitrine within exhibition making. The exhibition naturally manifests forms of the wunderkammer.

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Engaging with the architecture of the space (a 16-metre vitrine enclosed behind glass), artworks are created in an attempt to push the boundaries of the space in unexpected arrangements commenting on institutional display and ideas of artistic production.

Instructions and limitations act as a catalyst for this ambitious exhibition, for which artists have been invited by co-curators Alys Williams and Chris Bayley to devise a site-specific artwork that inhabits the restrictions and potential of the gallery space. Accepting chance in the realisation of an artwork, the exhibition looks at the ties among artists, artworks, the exhibition and its curators.

The project was first initiated via an email instructing artists to produce a site-specific artwork that inhabits the limitations of the gallery space with one ‘rule’: Works must be restricted to sit within the vitrine, utilising any elements of the space you wish, be it the floor, the ceiling, the lighting, the walls or the windows… The exhibition explicitly employs notions of chance and its outcomes are determined by a procedure that cannot be predicted, pushing the vitrine to its limits.

Boundaries, encasement, and entrapment – how does the vitrine mediate the subject or the object? Available for viewing, yet significantly distanced from its spectator the vitrine is often questioned within museums and institutions. By acknowledging the vitrine’s confinements how might one adopt these elements to both activate an artwork and abolish boundaries?

Curators: Chris Bayley and Alys Williams.

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Jennifer DouglasJennifer Douglas (b.1975, Amersham, UK) lives and works in Gateshead, UK. She graduated with an MFA in 2005 from Glasgow School of Art, UK having gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Solo exhibitions include; SO, Workplace London, London, (2015), Manchester Contemporary, Manchester, (2015), Jennifer Douglas, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, (2013), Would You Care for Anything?, 36 Lime Street Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, (2012), The Short Score, DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, Durham UK, (2010) and FANTASTICA, Grundy Art Gallery & Museum, Blackpool, UK, (2008). Group exhibitions include; Object Relations, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne, (2016), DOTDOT DOT DASH, Workplace Gallery, Gateshead, (2015) Crab Walk, NGCA, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, (2015) Beyond The Goldmine Standard, RPM Music, Newcastle upon Tyne, (2015) and Confusion in her eyes that says it all, Maria Stenfors, London, (2014).

Maria de la O GarridoMaria de la O Garrido (b.1985, Linares, Jaén, Spain) lives and works in London. Graduated from Central Saint Martin School of Art and Design with an MA in Photography in 2016 having graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from UPV San Carlos Fine Art Faculty, Valencia, Spain. Exhibitions include; Luck doesn’t exist, La ampliadora, Granada, Spain (2015), None of the above: An exhibition, La casa amarilla, Málaga, Spain (2015-16), I can explain, The Russian Club, London, UK (2015), You’re the reason our kids are ugly, The Laundry Space, London, UK (2015) and Cy-Collage, Spin London, UK (2014).

Justin EagleJustin Eagle (b.1977, Ipswich, UK) lives and works in London. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2004 with an MA in Sculpture. Solo exhibitions include; Ofwat, 3 Independent Place, London (2014), food for the poor daddy not home from work yet, VITRINE, London (2013), is he, isn’t she, VITRINE, London (2011) and A Solitary Cosmopolitan, Arena Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2010). Group exhibitions include; VITRINE with Contemporary Arts Society, Art in the Home 2, York (2014), Prop Up, Johnsons Palace, London (2013), Mass. En Masse. Mass Medium, Café Gallery Projects, London (2013), Have you seen Dante?, VITRINE, London (2013), Art/Converters!, Studio 1.1, London (2012), Monday Monday, CELL Project Space, London (2010) and the milk plus bar, Josh Lilley, London (2010). Eagle is represented by VITRINE.

Sean EdwardsSean Edwards (b.1980, Cardiff, Wales, UK) lives and works in Abergavenny, Wales, UK. He graduated in 2005 with an MA in Fine Art from Slade School of Fine Art having gained his BA (Hons) in Fine Art at University of Wales Institute, Cardiff in 2003. Solo exhibitions include; Sean Edwards: Drawn in Cursive (Part 3), MOSTYN, Llandudo, UK (2014), Sean Edwards: Drawn in Cursive (Part 2), Network, Aalst, Belgium (2014), Sean Edwards: Drawn in Cursive, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, UK (2014), Putting Right, Limoncello Gallery, London, UK (2014), Resting Through, Kunstverein Freiburg, Germany (2012) and Maelfa, Spike Island, Bristol, UK (2011). Group exhibitions include; good things come…, The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth, UK (2016), Finite Project Altered When Open, David Dale Gallery & Studios, Glasgow, UK (2015) and A Sense of Things, Zabludowicz Collection, London, UK (2014). Edwards is represented by Tanya Leighton, Berlin, Germany and Limoncello Gallery, London, UK.

Ditte GantriisDitte Gantriis (b. 1980, Rudersdal, DK) Lives and works in Copenhagen, DK. She graduated in 2008 with an MA in Visual Communication from the Danish School of Design, Copenhagen, DK. Solo exhibitions include; Love is Eternal, Tin Roof Gallery, Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh, UK (2016), Peace, Love and Harmony, curated by David Dale Gallery, SALTS, Birsfelden, CH (2016), A Rose, Residency and solo exhibition, Picnic Picnic, Sheffield, UK (2015) and Body & Soul, Fritta, Rome, IT (2014). Group exhibitions include IN DEPTH OF THE SURFACE, Ex Fabrica Orobia, Milan, IT (2016), The Grove, Hester, New York, USA (2016), A Natural Syntax for Rhytmic Forms and Semiotic Rotations, BID Project, Milan, IT (2015), Speedboat, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, USA (2014) and Vulcan Point, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, UK (2013). Gantriis is represented by Frutta, Rome.

Ludovica GiosciaLudovica Gioscia (b.1977, Rome) lives and works in London. She graduated with an MFA in Fine Art Media from the Slade School of Art in 2004 and has been exhibiting internationally since. Solo exhibitions include; Neurotic Seduction Astral Production, John Jones Project Space, London (2014), Vermilion Glow Bleeds Rust, Galleria Riccardo Crespi, Milan (2013), Forecasting Ouroboros, MACRO, Rome (2012), Wild Boys, VITRINE, London, (2010) and Papered Portraits, The Warhol, Pittsburgh (2009).  Recent group exhibitions include; Imitation Game, Maraya Art Park, Sharjah (2015), Liquid Lead, Off Biennale Cairo, Darb 1718, Cairo, (2015), Èdra. Connecting Landscapes, American Academy, Rome (2014), I Killed My Father, I Ate Human Flesh, I Quiver With Joy, Allegra LaViola (2013) and Material, Salon 94 (2012), New York.

Charlie Godet ThomasCharlie Godet Thomas (b. 1985, London UK) lives and works in London, UK. Having studied a BA in Fine Art Sculpture at Manchester School of Art in 2009, he graduated with an MA in Fine Art Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London in 2014 where he was awarded the Bermuda Arts Council Scholarship and the Peter Leitner Scholarship. Recent solo exhibitions include; Torschlusspanik, VITRINE, London (2015), To Be Is To Do, To Do Is To Be, Do Be Do Be Do, Telfer Gallery, Glasgow (2015), In Comes the Good Air, Out Goes the Bad Air, In Comes the Good Air, Cactus, Liverpool (2015) and A Method for Writing/A Method for Making, BALTIC Center for Contemporary Art, Newcastle, UK (2014). Group exhibitions include; Incunabula, Norwich Cathedral Library (2015), RCA/ECA Edinburgh Sculpture Court, Edinburgh, Scotland (2015), An evenescent fix, VITRINE (2015), Escape to a Sparkling Moment, Bloc Projects, Sheffield UK (2015), Bending Light, Home-Platform, Bristol, UK (2014) and END, Cactus, Liverpool, UK (2014). Godet Thomas is represented by VITRINE.

Lauren GodfreyLauren Godfrey (b.1989) lives and works in London, UK. She graduated in 2012 with a BA at Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK. Solo exhibitions include; Alimentari, Geddes Gallery, London, UK (2016), Entreé, Stage Left, Kingsgate Workshops, London, UK (2015), Stovies, Scallops and Scabby Man’s Heads, An Tobar Gallery, Isle of Mull (2014) and COCKTAIL #1, Co2 Gallery, Rome, IT (2013). Group exhibitions include; Business as Usual, Turf Projects, Croydon, UK (2015) and Set The Control For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds, UK (2015), Longing for Leisure, Open Space Gallery, Baltimore, USA (2015), Take No Lay Down, SLOPES Projects, Melbourne, Australia, (2014), Lounger, Matthew’s Yard, Croydon, UK, (2013) and Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2012, ICA, London, (2012).

Felicity HammondFelicity Hammond (b.1988) lives and works in London. She graduated in 2014 with an MA in Photography from the Royal College of Art having gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Photography from the University of Gloucestershire in 2011. Exhibitions include; Photo London (Presented by The Photographers Gallery), Somerset House, London, (2016), British Journal of Photography IPA, TJ Boulting, London, (2016), UK/RAINE, Saatchi Gallery, London, (2015), Right Here, Right Now, Lowry Museum, Manchester, UK, (2015), Catlin Art Prize, Londonnewcastle project space, London, (2015), Contemporary Visions V, Beers Contemporary, London, (2014), Saatchi New Sensations, Victoria House, London, (2014) and Restore to Factory Settings, Vulpes Vulpes, London, (2014).

Holly HendryHolly Hendry (b.1990, London) lives and works in London. She graduated in 2016 with an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London having gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2013. Solo exhibitions include; Backwash, The Door, Rice & Toye, London, (2016), More and More, More is More, Bosse & Baum, London, (2015) and Hollow Bodies, Gallery North, Newcastle, (2014). Group exhibitions include; 
Fruits of the Lum, Tzuzjj, CBS Gallery, Liverpool (2016), A Bad Policeman is Always Busy, Newcastle University Gallery, Newcastle (2016), Slab Collective, Chesterfield House, London, (2015), Tru Luv, Turf Projects, Croydon, (2015), Best In Show, It’s All Tropical and Das Balloon, London, (2015), £1 FISH, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, UK, (2014) and Vernissage, The Royal Standard, Liverpool, UK, (2014).

Karin HueberKarin Hueber (b.1977, Basel) lives and works in Zurich. She graduated with an MA in Fine Arts from Zurich University of the Arts having gained a diploma at the Academy of Art and Design in Basel. Solo and two person exhibitions include; Traceur/Traceuse, Kunsthaus Baselland, Muttenz/Basel, (2014), Vis à Vis, GDM, Paris, (2012), Really what is not. And that is, (with Emilie Ding), Kunst Raum Riehen, (2011). Group exhibitions include; Ehemalige Werkstattpreisträger stellen aus, Kunststifung Erich Hauser, Rottweil, (2016), Swiss Art Awards, Basel, (2015), Fit for Purpose, Kunsthaus Glarus, (2015), Just a perfect year, GDM Tokyo, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, (2013) and Between the Map and the Territory, TENT, Rotterdam, (2012).

Alix MarieAlix Marie (b.1989) Lives and works in London, UK. She graduated in 2014 with an MA in Fine Art Photography from the Royal College of Art, London, UK having gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2011. Solo exhibitions include; mois de la Photo OFF, Galerie LJ, Paris, France (2012) and Alix Marie’s Ceramics, The Last Tuesday Society, London (2011). Group exhibitions include; Ichor, Danielle Arnaud Gallery, London, UK (2016), Tara Has No Rooms Inside, London, (2015), Days Of the Nones, A---Z Projects, London, (2015) and Peaches and Cream IV, Dreamspace Gallery, London, UK (2015). She took part in a residency at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in 2015 and is also currently working on a book with Parisian publishing house RVB Books.

McGilvary/WhiteOwain McGilvary (b.1992, Anglesey, UK) and Yan White (b.1992, Bristol, UK) live and work in London. They graduated in 2015 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design in 2015. Solo exhibitions include A-OKAY (Part of LLAWN03) Llandudno, UK (2015). Group exhibitions include; Invitation to Participate, Sticks Gallery, Portsmouth, UK (2016), Unit(e) Residency, G39, Cardiff, UK (2016), Supermarket Sweep: Bonus Round!, PERLICO, Oriel Wrexham, UK (2016), The Listening Booth, GGeorge, online (2015), Exeter Contemporary, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK (2015), Treat Yo Self, It’s All Tropical, Bloc Projects, Sheffield, UK (2015), Supermarket Sweep, Nice Gallery, London, UK (2015), Loading Mercury With a Pitchfork, Nice Gallery, London, UK (2015), Heckle, Bosse & Baum, London, UK (2015) and Balancing Act, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK (2014).

Paul MerrickPaul Merrick (b.1973, Oxford, UK) lives and works in Gateshead, UK. He graduated in 1997 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Newcastle University. Solo exhibitions include; Paul Merrick, Workplace, Gateshead (2014), Paul Merrick, Workplace, Gateshead, (2011) and Paul Merrick, HIVE Gallery, Barnsley, UK, (2010). Group exhibitions include; DOT DOT DOT DASH, Workplace, Gateshead (2015) A Foreign Encounter, Galerie Foe, Munich, Germany (2015), Unpining / \ resurfacing, UH Galleries, University of Hertfordshire, UK (2015), Exceter Contemporary Open 2015, Exceter Phoenix, UK (2015), Satellite Satellite, Workplace, London (2014), RIFF, Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne, (2013), Tip of the Iceberg, Contemporary Art Society, London, (2013) and SURFACE, Gallery@TheCivic, Barnsley, UK, (2013).

Lucia QuevedoLucia Quevedo (b.1988, Meyrin, Switzerland) lives and works in London. She graduated in 2015 with an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London, UK having gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2010. Exhibitions include; Biscuit, Rum Factory, London, (2016), They Shake The Mountains When They Dance, Chalton Gallery, London, (2016), F*** Newton, KARST, Plymouth, UK, (2016), The Bathhouse Show, Space Space, Tokyo, (2016), Supermarket Sweep: Bonus Round!, PERICLO, Oriel Wrexham, UK, (2016), Sargassum, The Dolphin, London, (2015), Pause Patina, Camden Arts Centre, London, (2015), We outsourced everything and now we’re bored, L’Atelier Kunst (Spiel) Raum, Berlin, (2013) and Likeable, Supercollider Contemporary Art Projects, Blackpool, UK, (2012).

Aethan WillsAethan Wills (b.1974, Kyoto, Japan) lives and works in London. He graduated in 2015 with an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London having gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Byam School of Art, London in 1997. Exhibitions include; N2, Platform Gallery, London (2015), PausePatina, Camden Arts Centre, London (2015), LatchingFirm, Camden Arts Centre, London (2015), /ege of Art, Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen (2015), Nocturne, Dyson Gallery, London (2014), Poetics of Space, Enclave 4 Gallery, London (2013), Collective Diary, Hal Projects Gallery, Seoul, Korea (2013), NewFuture, 66 Space, Kyoto, Japan (2012), In Which Sad Light A Carved Dolphin Swam (Part I), London (2012),Creekside open(selected by Phyllida Barlow), APT Gallery, London, (2011), Hypnosis of the Spectacle, Backlit Gallery, Nottingham, (2011), Total Recall, Concourse Gallery, London, (2011), Shelf, The Whitstable Satellite, UK (2010), InItsWake, Elevator Gallery, London, (2008) and Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, (2008).

Madalina ZahariaMadalina Zaharia (b.1985, Sihetu Marmatiei, Romania) lives and works in London. She graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Printmaking in 2012 having gained a Postgraduate diploma in Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art (CSM) in 2010 and a BA in Cinematography and Media at the University of the Arts, Bucharest, Romania in 2008. Solo exhibitons include; LOOKING LONDON, TALKING TOKYO, Tintype Gallery, London, (2015), A well furnished room, IngridProjects, London, (2014) and Kitz.Pmz.AAAAA!, Tintype Gallery, London (2013). Group exhibitions include; London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London, (2015), Feel the discourse!, Guest Projects, London, (2015) and The Forgotten Pioneer Movement, District Kunst und Kulturforderung, Berlin, Germany, (2014). Zaharia is represented by Tintype Gallery, London.

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