THEN OUTSIDE FROM NOW INSIDE
Laila Blebleble and Solveig Settemsdal
Opening Event: 6-10pm, 22/11/2018
Exhibition runs: 22/11/2018 - 09/12/2018
Open Sat and Sun, 12-5pm
The sea where living creatures were at one time immersed is now enclosed within their bodies
- Italo Calvino
The separation from the sea, the membrane, creates an inside and an outside. Life, first arising in water, created a division between (Me)-(me-you)-(you).
Blebleble and Settemsdal focus on the fluidity of form and transience of materials, seeing parallels between fluid, cephalopodic bodies and digital information. Formless and malleable material finds skin in chimeric forms, morphing and elaborating outwards into its surroundings.
Natural entities can be used as a way of thinking about media fluidity. Of the same skin, stretching and folding into its environment where internal and external space dissolves and the barriers between I and you disintegrate in fluid interchange.
LAILA BLEBLEBLE is a London-based artist recent BA Fine Art graduate at Chelsea College of Arts, London (2018). She uses digital processes in order to build intricate systems that span across various materialities. Investigating the ways in which slimy in between spaces, such as those between object and image, optic and haptic, physical and virtual, break down structural norms and undo convention. Recent group exhibitions and performances include 'Femmetopia: Fatberg!' at VFD, and 'Gather Thistles and Expect Pickles' at Hundred Years Gallery, (both London). She co-runs London-based experimental electronic music collective WBB
SOLVEIG SETTEMSDAL is a recent MFA Sculpture graduate of the Slade School of Fine Art, London (2018). She works across mediums including sculpture, video, photography, drawing and sound. Her practice studies the fluidity and transience of materials, and how ideas and objects transform over time. Settemsdal won the Jerwood Drawing Prize for her video work Singularity (2016).
She is currently undertaking a major research project, funded by the Slade BOISE Scholarship, to study how water is visualised and managed in California, visiting UCLA, Stanford and Berkeley.
Selected exhibitions include ENTANGLE, Bildmuseet, Umeå, Sweden (2018), Ars Electronica, Linz, Austria (2017) Sonica at CCA, Glasgow (2017) Imagine, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Australia (2017)
Photos by Jazz Glenn and Julian Zizko, 2018.