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3 – 24 July 2009
Group Exhibition at the Islington Arts Factory
Private View: Friday 3rd July 2009 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Briony Marshall, Christy Symington, Chutima Kerdpitak(Nok), Joanna Pierides & Lynn Todd

As the title suggests, this show represents five artists on a mission.
Tackling an assortment of themes, from the political to the sublime, of individual experiences and views on world conditions. They reveal the very essence of the subjects they are exploring, of themselves and of humanity. From traditional to conceptual, the works engage a wide variety of mixed media. From talking points to works of quiet contemplation, this exhibition features an eclectic mix of 2D, 2.5D and 3D, curated by Chutima Kerdpitak(Nok).

Briony Marshall blends a background in Biochemistry, with a training in traditional figure sculpture to produce contemporary sculptures and installations that attempt to make sense of the big questions in life and the little questions of daily existence. Scientific themes and molecular structures combine with representations of personal relationships, to draw out moments of insight into the world around us and our place within it. For this show Briony is developing an installation that contrasts the natural and networked worlds, and looks at the choices people make to live in certain communities and environments.

Christy Symington: What are we doing to our planet? What are we doing to each other? Christy Symington has two inter-related motivations: The Earth’s surface has ancient visual scars of human infrastructures and is decorated with modern shiny implants necessitated by our exponential needs. And our warped record of global history that is gradually being refreshed. In her abstract sculpture, Christy coalesces tactile, amorphous surfaces, embedded with negative impressions which are forced by absent man-made structures. Figuratively, she makes portraits of individuals that history has little recognised for their achievements, often people of colour, to unveil their stories.

Chutima Kerdpitak(Nok): Marketing has become the main tool for artists in today’s competitive context, instead of brushes; producing work which is either more digestible between the artist’s will/freedom and a recognisable practice/signature, or famous for getting their message across. Artists and curators rate sophisticated work that no one gets, whilst outsiders engage with the interpretable. How can we breathe more elegantly? Nok is surrounded by these confrontations but cannot resist ‘Raw’ to be an icon. The exposure of what she composes is up-front and present regardless.

Joanna Pierides prefers to work from life without the assistance of any technological media. She feels that this is important in this day and age, as we are becoming ever more dependent on technology and forgetful of our origins. Calling for a return to more traditional methods of creating art, that are sadly being phased out by today’s education system, she focuses on the nature that surrounds us in our everyday environment. Seeking to reveal the beauty of our everyday surroundings that are taken for granted in our hectic, media saturated lifestyles, through the exploration of colour and light, she enhances the work, striving to capture the mood and stillness of a moment.

Lynn Todd is a sculptor whose work stems from her interest in the well-being of the human condition and its dependency on the interrelationships between the individual, the family, the community and the universal environment in which we exist. She draws on her own life experiences as a basis for her work. With our society’s emphasis on wealth and celebrity status causing isolation and exclusion within our communities, her artwork focuses on the emotional impacts on identity, both individually or as a collective community group. Her work attempts to strengthen our understanding of each other to encourage positive interaction.

Artists Talk & Music Event
Saturday 11th July from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
The five artists will give a talk and guitarist 'Emile' will be performing. Admission free.

Opening Times
Private View:
Friday 3rd July 2009 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
3 – 24 July 2009:
Monday to Thursday: 10:00am to 9:45pm
Friday: 10:00am to 6:45pm
Saturday: 2:00pm to 5:45pm
Sunday: 11:00am to 5:30pm

For further information:
Contact Lynn Todd
Telephone: 07879 868 918
Exhibition website:
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Gallery Information:
Islington Arts Factory, 2 Parkhurst Rd, Holloway, London, N7 0SF
Telephone:  020 7607 0561