Pandiculate! The Joy of Stretching
Katie Hayward, Harriet Poznansky, Sarah Roberts and Dominic Watson
15 March – 7 April 2016
The Koppel Project’s inaugural exhibition welcomes artists Katie Hayward, Harriet Poznansky and Sarah Roberts to stretch into the newly converted gallery in response to the transition from bank vault to project space.
Pandiculate! The Joy of Stretching brings together three artists whose playful use of narrative, landscape and material overlap, intermingle, un-hinge, re-affirm and inflate within the old vault. Referencing stories of vampires in lemon groves, Welsh landscapes, claustrophobia and a longing to elongate, this exhibition weaves together fantasy, dreamscape, AI technology and cracks in cityscapes. The three artists will be working in residence for two weeks, creating site-specific works. The process of their residency will be documented and will form an important element of the project.
Pandiculate! The Joy of Stretching , features the work of Dominic Watson, who will be exhibiting Casual Fragrance in The Decompression Room* as well as the poetic interventions of writer in residence Joseph Minden.
* The Decompression Room is the first point of entry into the The Koppel Project Gallery. A holding room curated by the exhibiting artists, The Decompression Room will morph throughout our exhibition program, sometimes offering a pensive haven filled with informative books and objects and at other times becoming a hectic chamber of creative calamity.
Kent-based Artist Katie Hayward explores issues of scale, unpredictability and the fragility of desires in her work. Using primarily drawing, collage, ceramics and inflatables she examines human nature, the body, altered scale and illusion. In using drawing to prepare for potential sculptures or installations, she creates fantastical dream-like Thoughts; which are then followed by ceramic or inflatable creations. Katie graduated from Newcastle University in 2013 and has since gone on to take part in various residency programs and several research projects. Katie’s first solo show was in 2013 and she has exhibited in multiple group shows in the UK and internationally. Recent projects include creating works for The National Sculpture Symposium at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens and National Trust property Croome. Katie was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014 where she delivered a talk entitled Exploring Air and Achieving Largeness. Katie will be the first artist in residence at The Koppel Project.
Harriet Poznansky is a visual artist, writer and musician from the UK based between Oakland, London and Cornwall. She studied at the Slade School of Art London and School of the Art Institute Chicago, SAIC. She currently works from her studio in Oakland’s Fruitvale district where she is part of a vibrant literary community. Poznanksy’s artistic practice predominately gravitates towards painting, however, she also makes electro/classical music and writes shorts stories. Poznansky’s most recent exhibitions include a solo show at The Nomadic Press Workspace Oakland (2015), East Bay at Faultline Art Space, Waterbody at London’s Hardy Tree Gallery and Death and Dying, at MAG3 Gallery Vienna. Her work can also be seen at the Australian House London by appointment, and in the Nomadic Press 2015 journal, where Poznansky is this year’s featured Artist. She is a member of Grace God Collective and her music and drawings have been used for many of the collective’s audio-visual and/or fashion projects.
Sarah Roberts lives and works in London and Mid Wales. Recent exhibitions include The Secret Lives of Shoes as part of PH Residency, Shoeworld, London; The London Open 2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London; Treat Yo Self [curated by (it’s all) Tropical], Bloc Projects, Sheffield; I’m so excited, Haha Gallery, Southampton; Roberts completed her BA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of art in 2014. She is currently part of the 2015/16 Into The Wild Residency Programme, Chisenhale, London. She was selected for ACAVA /ArtQuest Lifeboat residency 2014/15; The Parasol Unit Exposure Award 2014, and was a Shortlisted artist in Saatchi New Sensations, London, 2014.
Dominic Watson born in Sunderland, England 1986, is an artist living and working in Amsterdam. He attained a BA in Sculpture from Camberwell College (University of the Arts London) in 2005 and graduated from the MFA programme at Glasgow School of Art in 2014. In an exploration of what he sees as a false sense of shared consciousness, Watson typically works with film and installation to reflect upon the definers of taste in visual, popular and everyday culture. Frequently appearing like a caricature of himself in his works, Watson creates absurd and unusual situations between his cultural influences. Watson’s work has recently been exhibited at BoetzelaerNispen Amsterdam, New Studio, London; HUTT Collective, Nottingham and PLAZAPLAZA, London. His video work has been screened internationally including in Mexico City and Helsinki. In 2015 Watson was selected as a finalist for the Catlin Prize.