Still Another Place - St Pancras Parish Church
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
FIVE London artists based at West London’s Great Western Studios are showcasing their latest work at an exhibition entitled Still Another Place in The Crypt of St Pancras Parish Church – from May 2 to May 29, 2008.
The artists Felicity Warbrick, Paul Vanstone, Julie Goldsmith, Rachel Schwalm and Simon Dawe explore their sense of place whilst celebrating possibilities of their different experiences – in paintings, stone and bronze sculptures, soap and clay carvings, plus objects rendered in a mixture of materials. And they chose The Crypt because its unique setting provides a series of intimate spaces for contemplation and enjoyment of their collections.
Still Another Place is being held at a time when the future of the artists’ studio home and community is uncertain, with the building under threat from Cross Rail services. Established in 1994 in a then-redundant railway warehouse in Westbourne Park, Great Western Studios provides affordable workspace for over 140 artists and has become one of the largest concentrations of creative activity in London.
Represented by Waterhouse and Dodd Gallery at the London Art Fair 2007 and their summer group show, Felicity Warbrick exhibits two different motifs which touch on the role power plays in defining how we experience any type of place – small soap carvings of wooden hand-built barns and farm buildings, and paintings of the royal apartments in the Palace at Fontainebleau.
Working for five years under Anish Kapoor, one of the world’s leading sculptors, Paul Vanstone carves from stone in a style influenced by Asian rather than the traditional Italian aesthetic. The exaggerated nature of many of the torsos owes much to ancient Indian sculpture.
Julie Goldsmith’s creations incorporate clay carvings, one-off bronze castings and tiny collectables, exploring our reaction to the otherworldly. When placed under lights, their shadows play out her fascination on touching on parallel realities. Goldsmith’s recent solo shows include Gas Lane at The Waterpoint, St Pancras and Fairy Tales at the Ice House Gallery, Holland Park.
Rachel Schwalm’s stone panels are a meeting of both sculpture and painting, inviting the viewer to consider reality beyond material and into another place, using a unique process combining interiors panels and limestone. Her work is shown by Beaux Arts, London.
Capturing the fragile existence of the remaining areas of unspoilt English countryside, Simon Dawe paints landscapes of his native West Dorset which deal with his displacement from a countryside childhood whilst highlighting the importance of this country’s quiet spots to help us forge our sense of self. Dawe has worked closely with sculptor Emily Young for the last ten years and as well as curating exhibitions for other artists, he recently held a solo exhibition at The Waterpoint, St Pancras.
Times: Daily from 11am to 7pm.
The Crypt of the St Pancras Parish Church, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BA.