Following on from their Simon English exhibition during London Design Festival, the Hoxton Street Gallery presents a showcase exhibition of four artists completing the Acme Graduate Programme.
BOUND presents the work of four artists who became MA graduates in 2017 from four London-based art colleges, and who have all just completed a year-long studio residency at Acme’s Warton House studios in Stratford. This exhibition also marks PEER’s third year of partnership with Acme, offering young artists the chance to exhibit at an acclaimed gallery and benefit from the opportunity to work with its small professional team. This year’s graduates include work by three artists for whom painting forms a central part of their practice and an artist who works across performance and sound.
Dominic Dispirito’s (Adrian Carruthers Award, UCL Slade) painting, sculpture and animation has its roots in digital technology such as iPhone apps. Resolutely and boldly figurative, the people and places that appear in Dispirito’s work have often referenced the artist’s working class heritage and more recently have looked at images from art history. Working on a variety of scales, Dispirito’s work is usually characterised by the simple and
direct rendering of his imagery. The work shown at PEER has all been produced in the last few weeks, and Dispirito has described them as “dealing with anxieties around surviving in the world in which we live.”
Alex Urie’s (MA Studio Award, Chelsea College of Art) paintings deal with residual spaces, bringing together elements taken from cartoon landscapes and film stills, along with observed details encountered in everyday life. The work is process driven; recognisable forms are undermined by the use of staining and timed action. The fittings and furniture of these paintings become dislodged and corrupted within an intentionally unstable ground. Trace, itinerant figures begin to emerge, almost as a by-product, and are transposed from one canvas to the next, leading off down narrative detours.
James Tailor (Helen Scott Lidgett Award, Central Saint Martins) makes work that resides in an intersection between painting and sculpture. He uses found materials, often repurposing furniture or domestic objects. A key process of his practice is to painstakingly produce a kind of malleable skin that the artist creates from laying acrylic paint onto glass in expansive layer after layer and leaving to dry until it can be easily manipulated into luscious folds or pleats onto stretchers or as part of his assemblages. Recently he has been working predominantly with the colour pink, and for PEER has produced his most ambitious sculptural painting which will measure more than five metres in length.
Chris Timms (MFA Award, Goldsmiths) works with performance and sound and is currently exploring stuttering and disfluency as forms of estrangement, interruption, and multiplicity through embodied speech. His work has been informed by an ongoing exploration and collection of output produced by figures who have spoken with a disfluency or stutter. Originating from the sequence, a liturgical musical form that was codified and inscribed by a stuttering monk, Sequence III continues an ongoing series of variations exploring abstractions and mutations of the voice and speech. Timms has also organised a performative listening event ‘Stucco echoes mouth, a trembling of the frame’ on 18 October.
Acme provides nearly 600 affordable studio spaces to artists across London. Focusing on the transition between college and professional practice, Acme aims to intervene in critical points in an artist’s career. As part of Acme’s Residencies & Awards Programme, the Acme Graduate Programme provides recent graduates with a rent-free shared studio for one year, cash bursary, mentoring from visiting artists and curators, and the opportunity to work towards a public project or exhibition. The programme offers emerging artists the time, space, financial support and opportunities to build their practice beyond art school within a supportive network/shared community of peers. In 2016-17, the graduates received group mentoring and support from Chris Fite Wassilak, Jonathan Baldock and others. The programme is generously supported by Patrick Lynch, Jane Hamlyn and the families of Adrian Carruthers and Helen Scott Lidgett.