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APT Shots 2016

MIND OUT - Manufactured Space and Constructed Transformations

Neil Ayling
Luke Burton
Marcus Cope
Minae Kim
Lee Marshall
Helen Rousseau
Amba Sayal-Bennett

29 January to 21 February 2016
Open Thursday to Sunday from 12noon to 5pm

Private View  |  Friday 29 January 2016  | 6 to 8pm
Curators talk  |  Friday 29 January 2016  | 6.30pm

APT Shots is an annual exhibition inaugurated to develop a focused identity and vision for the A.P.T Gallery programme.  For APT Shots 2016 the curatorial team is Dexter Dymoke, Rachel Russell and Véronique Chance.

"A space exists when one takes into consideration vectors of direction, velocities, and time variables. Thus space is composed of intersections of  mobile elements. It is in a sense actuated by the ensemble of movements within it. Space occurs as the effect produced by the operations that orient it, situate it, temporalize it, and make it function in a polyvalent unity of conflictual programs or contractual proximities ".  Michel de Certeau

Initially referencing relationships between art and architecture in current art practice, this exhibition aims to examine the imaginative, constructed and performative nature of space and how art works can illuminate the phenomenon not only as subject matter but also by experimenting with unfamiliar modes of display.
The audience is invited to enter a ‘treated’ space, both in the works themselves and through the agency of the artists’ speculative presentations of the works in the show and their response to the exhibition space. In this way the show will raise questions about the formal aspects of exhibition making and challenge received ideas of static display. The starting point is an exploration of architectural idiom – the subsequent journey is an ongoing examination of the transformative potential of space.

The nature of space is considered not only as something that changes with the addition or position of the objects/artworks placed within it, but also in relation to the social interaction with these elements of those moving inside it. As such the show will suggest an evolving space, contingent on the activity, orientation and time spent within it of the visiting audience.

Each of the artists in the show rises to the challenge of the potentially fraught introduction of the object/artwork/body into space through an acknowledgment of space itself being integral to the viewing outcome.

In Lee Marshall`s paintings smooth gradients and vectorised objects vividly suggest a digital yet organic landscape in which exaggerated effects heighten the sense of perspective, bringing a unique physicality to the flat environment of the picture plane. Conversely, in his sculptures Neil Ayling cuts and folds architectural images, looking for ways to restore three-dimensionality to the 2D image. Using photography to capture specific vantage points of architecture he fragments and reassigns the imagery into a new sculptural setting.

Perhaps acknowledging that all space is mediated space Philip Cornett and Paul Kindersley infiltrate themselves guerilla-like into the formal setting of the gallery, taking full advantage of its neutral embrace to develop a social platform of enquiry regarding the assimilation of queer culture within a neo-liberal, suburban society. Lotusland IV is the latest iteration of this dedicated space that hosts the themes and ideas that the artists will share with the public. This structure within a structure will also host special performance happenings with performance artist Richard Dodwell.

Structural doubling forms part of Marcus Cope`s examination of the construction of memories. Places are re-imagined or re-invented as in the logic of a dream. This sense of place within the boundary of the canvas is enhanced by the sense of occasion in its presentation – fitted flush into a constructed wall as though part of, or projected onto it. Layering is also a feature of Amba Sayal-Bennett`s deconstruction of the common conventions of visual communication in which she creates ‘drawn spaces that fit within dominant symbolic and linguistic structures yet which temporarily suspend their organizing processes’.  A provisional approach to line, colour and shape within her projections emphasizes the shifting nature of space itself.

Luke Burton adopts a contrarian position within our constructed places, in which he plays out a series of personal, impersonal, intimate and estranged interactions with architectural flourish and detail. His films record these playful encounters with the built world, an off-hand `flaneur` nevertheless delighted with, and highly cogniscent of, the modern cityscape and its genesis. A questioning approach also characterizes Minae Kim`s dialogue with location, unearthing and exploring the invisible boundaries that seem to reflect the nature of larger social and cultural systems through site specific installations and interventions. Working predominantly with sculpture and drawing Helen Rousseau is similarly engaged in the articulation of edges and territories in relation to space and the presence of the viewer, and through the processes of making looks for a network of logic particular to the work itself.


Neil Ayling lives and works in London and graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010. Solo exhibitions include Facet, Project 78 Gallery, St. Leonards,  Construct, Berloni Off-Site Frieze Project, London (both 2015), Composite Order, Berloni Gallery, London (2014). Group exhibitions include Triangle Workshop Show, Salam Art Works, New York (2015) and Volta 10, Basel (with BerloniGallery) (2014).

Luke Burton graduated with an MA in Sculpture from Royal College of Art in 2013. He has recently showed work at Bosse & Baum, London; National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh; Tritongaten 5, Gothenburg; 3 137 Athens (all 2015); Technopolis Museum, Athens; ICA, London (both 2014); Vitrine, London; MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; Carroll/Fletcher, London (all 2013). Forthcoming projects include a solo show with Yarat Centre, Baku, Azerbaijan, following a three month residency.

Marcus Cope lives and works in London and gained his MA from Chelsea College of Art in 2006. Solo shows include All the chairs are broken, Studio 1.1, London (2015); Made in Lempa, Studio 1.1 (2014); My First New York Show Looked good on Paper, Neue Froth Kunsthalle, Brighton (2013). Group shows include Drawing Biennial, The Drawing Room, London (2013, 2015);  Art Converters, Studio 1.1, London (2014, 2015). He is co-founder of the Marmite Painting Prize.

Minae Kim gained her MA in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art in 2011. Solo shows include Conditional Drawings, Doosan Gallery, New York (2015); Black, Pink Balls, Doosan Gallery, Seoul (2014); Thoughts on Habit, Hada Contemporary, London (2013). Group shows include Artspectrum, Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul (2014); Young London, V22, London (2012); New Contemporaries, ICA, London (2011). She lives and works between Seoul and London.

Cornett / Kindersley : Philip Cornett lives and works in the UK and recently completed an MA at the Cambridge School of Art – he also has an MA in Sound Arts from the University of the Arts London (2010). His practice explores the vast notions of identity, gender, sexuality and normativity through various combinations of sound, video, installation and performance.
Paul Kindersley graduated from Chelsea College of Art in 2009. He is an artist, makeup enthusiast and video broadcaster based in London. His work explores and blurs the boundaries between fantasy and reality, the personal and the public, suggesting a fluid involvement with mythologized filmic experiences and the identity troubles of post internet life.

Lee Marshall lives and works in London and gained his BA from Norwich School of Art and Design in 2008. Solo shows include Salutations!, Outpost Gallery, Norwich (2009). Recent group shows include Cybernetic Meadow, The Averard Hotel (with Slate Projects), London (2016); Autocatalytic Future Games, No Format Gallery, London, (2015); In Schonheit Auferstehen, Galerie Patrick Ebensperger, Berlin (2015).

Helen Rousseau gained an MFA in Sculpture from the Slade in 2005. Her work has been exhibited in the UK and abroad including The Extractor Space, Deptford, London (2014, 2015); Artists Association MAERZ, Linz, Austria (2011); Respond/Reply, Wysing Arts, Cambridge, (2010) and Outpost, Norwich (2007).

Amba Sayal-Bennett lives and works in London and gained an MA in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute in 2013. She is currently studying for a Phd in Art Practice and Learning at Goldsmiths College. Selected solo exhibitions include WW SOLO Award, WW Contemporary Art, London (2015); Users and Borrowers and Keepers, Mallorca Landings, Palma de Mallorca, Spain (2014). Group shows include Uk/raine: Emerging Artists from the Ukraine and the UK, Saatchi Gallery, London (2015); Xenotopia, Gibberd Gallery, Harlow, UK (2015); Avant-Craft, Pal Zileri, London (2015); Twentieth, APT Gallery, London (2015); Old Rope, Pippy Houldsworth Gallery London (2014).