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Candice Jacobs, Milou van der Maaden, Isa Melsheimer & Rachel Pimm

‘Planta: Notes on Botanical Dissidence’ 8.5.2015 - 24.5.2015

 
Milou van der Maaden, Tell it to the plants (work in progress), 2015
Milou van der Maaden, Tell it to the plants (work in progress), 2015
Rachel Pimm, FYE-kuss e-LASS-tick-uh, 2014, split screen video on flatscreen monitors, 6:41 mins
Candice Jacobs, Pachira Aquatica #4, 2015, ascii art generated with self-made computer program, digital print
Isa Melsheimer, Botanische Kugel, 2013, projection
Milou van der Maaden, Ratu Adil, 2014, video, 17:44 mins
 
 

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Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm

Private View: Thursday 7 May, 6pm to 9pm

In partnership with Acme Studios, students from the Curating Contemporary Art MA present Planta: Notes on Botanical Dissidence at the Acme Project Space, as part of an ongoing partnership between the Royal College of Art and Acme Studios Residency & Awards Programme.

Premised on the investigative model of note-taking, the group show is an exploration into the conceptual potential of plants, often silently present but frequently neglected in the overarching discourses of history. The exhibition includes work by Candice Jacobs, Milou van der Maaden, Isa Melsheimer and Rachel Pimm.

In bringing together the work of these artists, the show suggests ways in which ‘plant processes, as well as vegetal images and metaphors,’ could, in the words of philosopher Michael Marder, begin to ‘exert a formative influence on thinking.’ 

On Thursday 21 May at 6.30pm the curators present a screening of "How to breathe and feel with plants?", a talk by Michael Marder, Research Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Basque Country. This presentation, especially recorded by Marder for the event, is based on a book co-authored with Luce Irigaray. Against the prevalent treatment of plants as objects to satisfy our needs, Marder proposes a way to attune our breathing and sensory practices to their unique vitality. In a mélange of theoretical reflection and personal narrative, Marder explores how humans can participate in the essentially superficial modes of respiration, feeling and indeed being that define vegetal life. The screening will be followed by a discussion with artists Milou van der Maaden and Rachel Pimm facilitated by the exhibition curators.

The event is free, but booking is required:https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-breathe-and-feel-with-plants-planta-notes-on-botanical-dissidence-tickets-16828511531?ref=estw

Further information can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1570365113230932/

The work of Milou van der Maaden, recipient of Acme’s Adrian Carruthers Studio Award, was a catalyst for the show’s theme; plants are both props and prompts in her pieces, linking the ‘here’ of the artwork with the ‘elsewhere’ of the complex legacies of the Dutch-Indonesian colonial past. Her new work "Tell it to the plants" (2015), especially commissioned for this exhibition, addresses the parallels between the botanical and human body, instrumentalised by science at the service of intelligence forces.

Starting in botanical gardens across Europe, Isa Melsheimer retraces the journey of plants across oceans. Her multi-media research investigates the shift in plants’ value from ‘green gold’ during the colonial age to their banalisation as contemporary commodities. Mobility and rootedness are addressed differently by Rachel Pimm, in a deadpan commentary of plants as post-colonial symbols of affluence. Through her films on corporate green-washing, Pimm considers the boundaries between the natural and the artificial. Corporate environments are also alluded to in a series of prints by Candice Jacobs, which explores the aesthetic codes of plants in the workplace.

 
 
 

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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:

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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 mail@acme.org.uk or 020 8981 6811 for further information. There are no public toilet facilities on site.

 

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Lydia Davies, Chris Ifould, Piotr Krzymowski, Sean Lavelle, Asta Meldal Lynge, Cameron Scott, Tilly Shiner & Nikhil Vettukattil

‘juice’ 5.6.2015 - 28.6.2015

 
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Daytime: 4 - 14 June (Thurs - Sun, 1pm - 6pm)
First arrangement of works produced for and at the Acme Project Space.

Late nights only: 18 - 21 June (8pm - midnight)
Showing new works after dark: moving image works, lights, phosphorescing substances.

Private View: Thursday 25 June (6pm - 9pm)
An event to celebrate the culmination of works produced for and at the Acme Project Space.

Daytime: 26 - 28 June (Fri - Sun, 1pm - 6pm)
Second arrangement of works produced for and at the Acme Project Space.

juice is an exhibition with works by Lydia Davies, Chris Ifould, Piotr Krzymowski, Sean Lavelle, Asta Meldal Lynge, Cameron Scott, Tilly Shiner and Nikhil Vettukattil. The exhibition will move through different phases over the month of June; new works will be added, existing works removed or re-staged allowing for a number of different exhibitions to be produced concurrently.

In addition to the normal opening hours, there will be a period of four days when the gallery will only be open after sunset. Here, work will be shown which requires a dark space and the natural conditions will allow existing elements to be seen in a different context.

juice presents the sound of air that yields to make way for planes moving through a sky poured and cast in concrete; standing tall surrounded by easy stud walls. The things inside the circle are organized by cranes that are lifting and delivering, staging a world view on top of the minutes that ask everything of you. And as the siren of a passing emergency spirals around the corner, the penguin suddenly comes to epitomize the very notion of elegance upon diving into the water.

For further information please visit http://juice-exhibition.tumblr.com/

Developed out of a collaborative project, Double agents and Acme Studios created a ‘transitional’ studio space for recent graduates in the new UAL Hall of Residence; Glassyard, in Stockwell, south west London.

The Central Saint Martins (CSM) Associate Studio Programme provides a supportive environment without simply extending the ‘comfort zone’ of the college experience. The emphasis is on the creation of a mixed but cooperative community of emerging artists, who have made a commitment to continuing a professional practice. The scheme provides an affordable route into a professional studio space in a mutually supportive environment. It is underpinned by a programme of collective dialogue and mentoring involving professional artists and academics.

The programme offers access to a new-build, accessible, secure and self-contained ground floor shared open-plan space of around 1,300 sq.ft for a group of eight graduates from BA Fine Art at CSM. This space is located within a larger studio development occupied by 30 Acme professional artists and is built to a high specification; with natural light, three metre high ceilings, lighting, power, heating, internet access, shared wash-up and WC facilities and 24-hour access. Tenancy with Acme Studios is for two years, at half the standard rate – an average weekly rent for each artist of approximately £20 per week. The programme includes monthly studio seminars and studio visits.

 
 
 
 

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Duncan Pickstock

‘Are we there yet?’ 26.3.2015 - 26.4.2015

 
Duncan Pickstock, Picture 1/15, 2014, 160cm x 180cm
Duncan Pickstock, Picture 1/15, 2014, 160cm x 180cm
Duncan Pickstock, Painting 4/5, 2015, 145cms X 145cms
Duncan Pickstock, Painting 2/5, 2015, 145cms X 145cms
Duncan Pickstock, Painting 7/4, 2014, 150cms X 160cms
Duncan Pickstock, Painting 3/5, 2015, 145cms X 155cms
 
 

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Thursday to Sunday 1pm to 6pm

Private View: Thursday 2 April, 6pm to 9pm

Duncan Pickstock, the inaugural recipient of the Rita Harris Studio Award, presents a solo exhibition of paintings made during his year on the award.

Pickstock’s large-scale paintings are an attempt to move on, to move forward and closer to a state of resolve, towards a harmonious conclusion, that is always the goal but one that he accepts is unachievable. Painting is then a journey for Pickstock, a journey that the artist sets out on knowing that the destination, this arrival at a state of resolution, will never be reached.

Despite this, and along the way, the paintings through their juxtapositioning of form, construction and layers of colour and chiaroscuro, maintain a sense of place or shelter that ultimately reassures the viewer that no matter how aspirational the journey might be, the desire to survive is the greater force in answering the visual and vital questions each painting poses.

Pickstock’s investigation often encompasses a preoccupation with layers of paint and how the application and the removal of paint, to and from the canvas, can alter the viewer’s perception of depth, distance and dimension. Through these formal tools Pickstock explores the tension that exists between something that is neither representational nor abstract; that refers to elements of the world around us but refuses to illustrate them.

Accompanying full colour catalogue, with essay written by Paul O' Kane (Artist, Writer & Lecturer) will be available. Designed, printed and supported by Tom Clark and Printhouse Corporation.

Duncan Pickstock is the first recipient of the Rita Harris Studio Award. The award commemorates the life and work of Rita Harris who died in 2013. Rita was an artist and a master of T’ai Chi, which she taught for over 20 years. She was married to Jonathan Harvey, Acme’s Chief Executive and co-founder. She worked with Jonathan at The Acme Gallery (1976-1981) in Covent Garden.

The biennial award, which alternates with the Jessica Wilkes Studio Award, is supported by Jonathan, Acme, friends and family. It provides an artist with a free studio to enable them to devote more of their time to their studio practice. Worth £10,000, the award is made to an artist selected from applications from current Acme studio holders.

 
 

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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.