‘The Creative Industry of Mary Linwood’ 20.8.2015 - 23.8.2015
Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm
Over several decades, Rosika Desnoyers has developed an interdisciplinary art practice that is premised on the aesthetic use, study and collection of pictorial embroidery as a means to explore the disciplinary social relations of contemporary art production. Her thesis in research-creation investigates the conditions of emergence of Berlin work (needlepoint) in the early nineteenth century and its eventual shift from that of an official knowledge, the most widely practiced form of art by European women, to that of a submerged knowledge, displaced by the skill-based ethics of the Arts & Crafts Movement and by formalist philosophy at the turn of the last century.
The exhibition at the Acme Project Space presents new work developed within a six-month studio residency as the Canada Council for the Arts London Artist Resident. This work expands Desnoyers' genealogical investigation of a submerged cultural practice suspended between historically specific and temporally sedimented meanings. The Creative Industry of Mary Linwood explores the late eighteen-century needlepainting of Mary Linwood as a strategy for the production of new visual propositions within the context of Desnoyers’ own 'effective' display strategies.
Rosika Desnoyers is a Montreal-based artist with experience working in several national museums in Canada and the United States. She is the recipient of a humanities doctorate from Concordia University and a postdoctorate from the Université du Québec à Montreal. She is co-author of the recently published Millet Matrix: Contemporary Art, Collaboration, Curatorial Praxis (oncurating.org) and author of the forthcoming Berlin Work, Genealogy, Needlepainting: A History of Errors.
Acme Project Space
44 Bonner Road
T 020 8981 6811
F 020 8983 0567
Acme Project Space is located in the heart of East London's gallery district, around the corner from The Approach and a short walk from Vyner Street. The venue is well served by public transport:
- Underground - Bethnal Green (Central Line)
- Train - Cambridge Heath
- Bus - D3 & 309
- Car - On street pay and display parking (unrestricted at weekends)
The Acme Project Space provides an opportunity for those artists who are part of our Residency & Awards Programme and our International Residencies Programme with a public space within which to develop projects, show new work and engage in a critical dialogue with a wider audience.
The programme of projects and exhibitions is developed in collaboration with those individual artists, who have already been through a selection process and aims to highlight the benefit artists gain from this support. The Acme Project Space therefore, is not currently able to accept unsolicited exhibition proposals from other artists.
Access and facilities
There is level and ramped access throughout the Acme Project Space. All printed material is available in a range of formats, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 8981 6811 for further information. There are no public toilet facilities on site.
Milou van der Maaden
‘In Spite of the Mass’ 4.9.2015 - 20.9.2015
Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm
Private View: Thursday 3 September, 6pm to 8pm
In Spite of the Mass is an ongoing project by Milou van der Maaden (Adrian Carruthers Studio Award) that deals with immigration politics and national image making in the Netherlands. The exhibition will present fragments of Milou’s new project and its surrounding research through a focus on biopolitical struggles and the agency of resistance.
Guan Wei and Wayne Warren
‘Crossing Lines’ 30.7.2015 - 2.8.2015
Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm
Private View: Thursday 30 July, 6pm to 8pm
Crossing Lines expresses concern with human behaviour, focusing on areas of disruption where violence, greed and corruption prevail over harmony and tolerance within societies.
Wei’s work embodies current social and environmental dilemmas, presented through complex symbolic forms. The work Paper wars, which is presented as part of Crossing Lines was originally created after the events of 9-11. Within this work Wei uses various military symbols sketched onto a copy of Xian Gong’s Qing Dynasty landscape painting. Wei has continued to re-work the painting to produce an animation film, also on display.
Paper wars is inspired by the work of French social theorist and critic Jean Baudrillard. Wei explores the concept of war as simulacra. It is no longer 'up close' with real guns and bullets, nor is it bloody. It is virtual. Paper wars presents 'moving symbols', by re-organising, arranging, and categorising common military symbols and placing them in a traditional landscape painting, in order to bring real situations of war to life.
Wayne Warren’s work focuses on the relationship between architecture and the influences of human decision making and actions on the global environment. His work presents conflicting notions of continuity, stability, collapse, suspension, preservation, time and materiality, referring to an increasingly frail environment, where structures can fall apart and nature pushed to the point of extreme destruction. Warren uses these reference points to discuss the long term side effects of human behaviour in relation to the global environment and the dwindling natural resources.
- Guan Wei and Wayne Warren — “Crossing Lines” (30 Jul 2015)
- Lydia Davies, Chris Ifould, Piotr Krzymowski, Sean Lavelle, Asta Meldal Lynge, Cameron Scott, Tilly Shiner & Nikhil Vettukattil — “juice” (5 Jun 2015)
- Candice Jacobs, Milou van der Maaden, Isa Melsheimer & Rachel Pimm — “Planta: Notes on Botanical Dissidence” (8 May 2015)
- Duncan Pickstock — “Are we there yet?” (26 Mar 2015)
- Love Enqvist — “The World Turned Upside Down” (6 Feb 2015)
- Stephen Fakiyesi & Harold Offeh — “FAKIYESI/OFFEH: How to Speak to Power?” (30 Jan 2015)
- Briony Anderson, George Charman, Bridget O’Gorman, Maria McKinney and We Colonised the Moon (Hagen Betzwieser and Sue Corke) — “From a Studio Exchange” (8 Jan 2015)
- George Charman & Adam Knight — “The Tiny Lag” (28 Nov 2014)
- Jamie Hosegood — “PUBLIC IMAGE” (24 Oct 2014)
- Sarah Duffy — “Breathless” (3 Oct 2014)
- Marianna Simnett — “Marianna Simnett” (5 Sep 2014)
- Matthew Hunt — “Dirty Pools” (29 Aug 2014)
- Kate McMillan — “The Potter's Field” (4 Jul 2014)
- Clare Price — “I Killed a Viper” (6 Jun 2014)
- Sarah Duffy and Maaike Anne Stevens — “DELVE” (9 May 2014)
- Maaike Anne Stevens — “Black Sea” (21 Mar 2014)
- Sophie Jodoin — “how permanent is permanent” (20 Feb 2014)
- Virginia Bradley — “Jeopardy” (5 Dec 2013)
- Various — “Postcard From My Studio” (4 Oct 2013)
- Ninna Bohn Pedersen — “Perforations” (19 Sep 2013)
- Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky — “Rhonda Weppler and Trevor Mahovsky” (1 Aug 2013)
- Mathieu Beauséjour — “To Be Governed” (12 Jul 2013)
- Ben Cove — “Vernacular Hangover” (7 Jun 2013)
- Ninna Bohn Pedersen, Rafał Zajko and guests — “Adjacent Practice Colliding Daily” (8 May 2013)
- Peter Burgess — “Bryant and May . . . and” (28 Mar 2013)
- Tiffany Parbs and Greg Fullerton — “Gloss” (14 Feb 2013)
- Craig Leonard — “Finesse” (7 Feb 2013)
- Roger Kite — “Pathways” (17 Nov 2012)
- Joss Cole — “What's Outside the Window?” (25 Oct 2012)
- Luke McCreadie — “Blob-content” (5 Oct 2012)
- Kate Atkin — “Like A Stone” (6 Sep 2012)
- Anna Moderato — “In Use” (22 Jun 2012)
- George Charman — “Once Again And Always New” (5 May 2012)
- Vishwa Shroff — “One eye! Two eyes! Three eyes!” (1 Mar 2012)
- Helen Johnson — “Dead Metaphor” (26 Jan 2012)
- Andro Semeiko — “Lily of Blythenhale” (11 Nov 2011)
- Rose Davey and Sarah Poots — “Rose Davey and Sarah Poots” (8 Oct 2011)
- Hagen Betzweiser & Sue Corke — “101 Harmless Scientific Experiments To Try At Home” (11 Aug 2011)
- Tom Polo — “Disappointed with many people and things” (7 Jul 2011)
- Briony Anderson / Paul McGee, George Charman, Amy Gee, Adam Knight, Haroon Mirza, Emma Smith, K. Yoland — “Sum Parts” (10 Jun 2011)
- Nedregard & Hillary — “Entrances” (6 May 2011)
- Jan Hendrickse — “Transient” (31 Mar 2011)
- Chantal Faust and Paul Knight — “I'll sit slightly behind you” (3 Mar 2011)
- Gemma Anderson — “Portraits: Patients and Psychiatrists” (12 Nov 2010)
- Stephanie Kingston — “Sydney Road” (7 Oct 2010)
- Janne Malmros — “Black-veined White” (3 Sep 2010)
- David Blandy, Harold Offeh and Jan Hendrickse — “Contort Yourself” (4 Jun 2010)
- Michelle Ussher — “An Elaborate Fiction” (21 May 2010)
- Christian Quesnel — “Hearts of Clay (Coeurs d'Argile)” (4 Dec 2009)
- Margarida Gouveia, Tina Isabella Hild & Martin Karlsson — “Chance Meeting on a Drawing Table of a Zebra and a Meteorite” (2 Oct 2009)
- Revati Mann — “Re :ri: rm: hm: ha: h:i ho: hum:” (11 Sep 2009)
- Howard Dyke — “Dance of the Techno Polar Bear” (5 Jun 2009)
- Acme Studios
- 44 Copperfield Road
- E3 4RR
- T +44 (0)20 8981 6811
Between 1996 and 2012 Acme received £3.2m of capital funding from Arts Council England which supported the creation of six permanent affordable studios in London: Copperfield Road, Fire Station, Galleria, Harrow Road, Leven Road and Matchmakers Wharf. This resulted in 186 studios and 12 work/live units in four London boroughs.