Curated by Rebecca Marcus Monks
15 June – 27 July 2018
The Koppel Project Hive
Private View: 14th June 2018, 6-8pm
The Koppel Project is pleased to present Entropic Threads, a group exhibition curated by Rebecca Marcus Monks including artists Kate Lennard, Onome Otite, Annie Ratti, and Nadine Shaban.
Entropic Threads focuses on the inherent feeling of movement and change,while drawing on the hard, scientific aspects as well as the softer, social science side of the artworks.
‘Entropic’ refers to the transformation of energy and our lack of control over it, where ‘threads’ proposes the literal reference to fabric as well as storytelling and history . Entropy pulls things apart into threads enabling each of the artists to put the pieces back together in a myriad of ways.
Kate Lennard (b. 1994) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in North London. She received a first-class degree in Fine Art Sculpture from City and Guilds of London Art School (2016), where she was awarded with the sculpture prize for her installation Sunny Day, Gold House, a project supported by an award from Merlin Entertainments. Following graduation, she received a high commendation from Iwona Blazwick (Whitechapel Gallery) for the ‘Exceptional Award’ at Collyer Bristow Gallery (2017), following from which she was invited to take part on a residency at Pipeline Projects, Putney, culminating in her first solo show, ‘Silent Auction’ (2017). Alongside her art practice, Lennard has curated two independent shows, illustrated for lingerie brands and most recently was artist in residence at Meetwo, the mental health app for teenagers.
Onome Otite is a Contemporary Artist who lives and works in London. She received a BA Hons Degree in Film and Video from London College of Communication and has participated in 7 group shows and 2 solo shows in Europe and Canada.
Her work is inspired by collage and uses mixed materials to produce three-dimensional artworks that are distinctive in style. Borrowing elements from dance, fashion and world cultures her hand drawn figures are decorated with textiles and recycled materials that have been manipulated by hand.
Onome has won several awards and residencies, including the 2016 – 2018 Cockpit Art’s | Prince’s Trust Creative Careers Awards, the London Evening Standard ‘Progress 1000’ Mentorship Programme and the Hotel Bloom! Art Residency in Brussels.
Onome has built her profile exhibiting and selling in specialised art and craft markets in the UK; and has reached an international audience through art residencies and exhibitions, mentoring from the British Fashion Council and participating in the British Council Cultural Exchange Programme in Accra, Ghana.
Annie Ratti lives and works in London. Her trans-disciplinary practice transforms private/personal experience into a shared, public moment.
She reflects on contemporary issues/tensions and challenges definitions and preconceived notions of scientific knowledge and preconceived notions of scientific knowledge and privileges position and theories peripheral to institutional thought. In 1995 she founded the Advance Course in Visual Arts, now Artists Research Laborator, at the Fondazione Antonio Ratti (Como, Italy), which she has directed since then.
Annie Ratti has exhibited widely, in Italy and overseas, and her work are included in public institutions and collections, such as Drinking Fountain (2009) and Têtê à tête (1999) permanently displayed at Whitechapel Gallery, London, and The Shroom Project, De Kabinetten van de Vleeshal, Middelburg, The Netherlands (2013) Self:Portraits of Artists in their absence, National Academy Museum, New York (2015), /seconds, Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah, Emirati Arabi Uniti (2014), Pure Water, Lentos Museum, Linz, Austria (2014), The Shroom Project, De Kabinetten van de Vleeshal, Middelburg, Hollan (2013), In Water, I Understand, Venice Biennale Collateral Event (2013), WOOD GLASS PAPER, Galleria Alessandra Bonomo, Rome (2013) ‘Lallazioni’ Auditorium, Rome, Italy (2015).
Construction and deconstruction are fundamental elements of Nadine Shaban’s process. Actions, often repetitive, twinned with material translate inner inarticulate states into physical objects.The artist’s practice is intensely involved with industrious and synthetic textures. These surfaces provide a mask for personal exposure and their imprint and threat on natural world combined with their intimate role in human life, create an anxious fascination. Fragility, beauty, pain, withholding, releasing, binding and destruction have strong presence in the work. These are notions that subconsciously influence the making of the work, but become evident in the moment of reflection.
‘Entropic Threads’ will showcase new sculptures from Nadine. In conjunction with the exhibition there will be a performance which is part of an ongoing collaboration the artist is working on with Petra Casale, a physical theatre performer.
Nadine graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2016 and has had two solo shows in London; ‘Polyvinyl Landscape’ in 2015 and last year ‘Let Me Breathe.’ In 2017 her work was exhibited as an installation at Milan Fashion Week. The artists work is predominantly sculpture, but collaborative projects have included performance, sound and fashion.
Photo credit: Nadine Shaban
As part of Entropic Threads, our featured artist Nadine Shaban showcases a collaborative performance with Petra Casale
‘Together Petra Casale and Nadine Shaban seek to trouble the traditional distinctions between performance and sculpture by merging techniques of material assemblage and physical articulation. They will incorporate their research and experimentation into an evening of sound, movement and material.’
Photo credit: Yong Min Cho
Body Language Artist Yong Min Cho will respond to the exhibition of Annie Ratti ‘s work featured in Entropic Threads by developing the themes embedded in the works – underlying, contrasting and expanding those themes through his dance performance within the gallery space.
Yong Min Cho studied architecture in South Korea, scenography at the Brera Academy of Fine Art, Milan and dance at the Civica Scuola di Teatro Paolo Grassi in Milan. Then he moved to Venice to work with Carolyn Carson at the Academia I’sola Danza and as an independent dancer at the Centro Teatrale di Ricerca Venezia. Since 2005, he has been living and working in London realising projects in the UK, Europe and South Korea. During 2014 he was artist/choreographer in residence at Asia House London.
Drift is a collaborative event featuring dancers Beth Wareing and Laura Radford, Dr. Charlene Smith and artist Onome Otite. Beth Wareing and Laura Radford, members of the Semaphore Ballet Company, will move around the space embodying the different layers of Onome Otite’s artworks within the exhibition. Dr. Charlene Smith and the artist herself will develop a dialogue connecting movement, science, and the body.
Photo Credit: Rocio Chacon
For the last day of Entropic Threads, The Koppel Project Hive is hosting THAT’S PROMO! Memorial Night Part 2 Closing Ceremony.
‘This is a recreational event, based on the action packed re-openings of a family-friendly hardware warehouse. The gobbling of free sweets, the clowns, magicians, and impersonators working on a day rate, a smorgasbord of voices and merchandise— the gluttonous desire, waste of resources, the surplus energy and creativity turned into a destructive force, trees becoming price matched axe handles — fairytale themes, a circus of tension between public and private.’ – Kate Lennard