College Lodge is hosting a group exhibition entitled LODGISTICS, which runs from 26 October – 24 November 2012.
Curated by Jenny Jones and Yuki Miyake of Open Draw online gallery, it shows contemporary art by Angela Wright, Rosa Nguyen, Jenny Jones, Robin Dixon and Andie Wilkinson.
‘Logistics’ refers to “the management of materials flow through an organisation, from raw materials through to finished goods”. For this show, the coming together of people, materials, energy and the space itself is visualized as a flow through the village life of Dulwich, South London and the park in which the lodge is situated. Dulwich is a place steeped in history, both botanical and otherwise for its name means “the valley where dill grows…”
The show is a response to the lodge itself, which sits at the entrance to Dulwich Park opposite its worldlier relative, the renowned Dulwich Picture Gallery. Renovated in April 2011, it is now the site of Whippersnappers, an arts company set up by Kirk Service, and a gallery curated by Sarah Slee.
“Lodgistics” explores how the wild, raw material and energies of creativity and the natural environment are subjected to various processes to become cultured and finished, like Art and the Park itself. The site is temporarily configured as an earth lodge: a place for a community to come together to ruminate on our relationship to our environment and each other.
Robin Dixon’s landscapes are collages that blend observation and imagination with source material as diverse as seaside postcards, holiday snaps, his own photography and scientific textbooks. Analysing perspective in a modern context, he adds geometry to paintings and collage, using fragments of unrelated landscapes like a futuristic virtual tour.
After studying and working in London, Andie Wilkinson left her home & studio for South West France where she has worked for the last decade. She offers glimpses into a personal world on the edge of the banal and the fictional; intimate yet strange, earthy and ethereal. The cycle of life, and a gentle human interaction with nature are recurring themes.
Rosa Nguyen’s works bring into dialogue the formal aspects of drawing and a poetics’ of display and function. The domestic and ‘discreet’ arts including flower arranging and gardening are reoccurring themes and practices reflected in her contemplative and playful compositions. Preserved and recycled lacquered and painted plants are central elements.
Angela Wright has created a sphere composed of a solid layering of leaves, twigs and cuttings gathered in the park and gardeners. Wound into a ball like wool they create an organic work that relates to its immediate environment and changes over time. She also exhibits a video of the walk on the outer edge of the park. A local runner and walker, it has always been her wish to record this particular walk, which is like a secret garden. One can be completely concealed in the undergrowth one moment and out in the open the next.
Influenced by the lodge’s proximity to the nearby Dulwich Picture Gallery Jenny Jones has produced an installation of paintings and drawings depicting heavenly putti. These are playfully combined with conkers foraged from the surrounding leafy environs. A number of additional texts supplement the works and detail an exploration of ideas resulting from the unlikely pairing.
Yuki Miyake’s curating style is usually to exhibit design and art together. Their function and markets are different but the idea came about from people’s lives and imagination. Media and art inspire each other more and more. Yuki researches metaphorical meanings and weaves a narrative story from them.
Curator Yuki Miyake is the founder and director of an online gallery Open Draw. Recent projects include “Read Between The Lines” at the ITV Canteen in September and an Art Auction for Japan, February 2012.
Please visit www.open-draw.com/events to find out more information about the participating artists and the exhibition.