Venue: Lumen Studios, St John on Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA
Open event: 1st November, 6 - 9pm only
The Shape of Light represents a first-time collaboration between artists Zanny Mellor and Jessica Rayner, taking place beneath St John church in Bethnal Green. During this two week residency the artists will respond to the architecture of the crypt, exploring the opposites of darkness and light, and aiming to establish a sensually challenging environment. Layering translucent materials within the space, an immersive installation will emerge that is reminiscent of an aperture or void. The period of experimentation will enable the artists to expand their practice through new materials and territories, posing questions about our perceptual understanding of light and our sense of immediate environment.
St John On Bethnal Green,
200 Cambridge Heath Road,
London, E2 9PA
Jessica Rayner (b. 1985, London) examines the science, technology and the energy of 'things' within nature and the environment. She uses a range of media, including photography, video, printmaking and three-dimensional sculpture to explore the historical life of objects, materials, and substances, living and non-living. She describes objects and processes as 'affordances', because they offer value to us and as 'events' because they represent stages in a process of transition and emergence. Delving into their histories, she offers their stories of origination, discovery, scientific analysis and social meaning.
In constructing these artworks she provides a further 'story', the question of whether an artwork can express within it the artist's own sense of knowledge and perception.
She lives and works in London and is represented by Christine Park Gallery, London and Bluerider ART, Taipei.
Zanny Mellor (b. 1986) addresses themes of speed, light and time in a sensory exploration of place. The impermanence of material, experience and perception drive her painting and photography work where states of presence and remembrance are examined and a tension between control and chance is actively sort after. Fluidity is a defining material concern in her process-led practice, where reductive actions create a measured, gestural language.
Mellor completed a Masters in Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School in 2015 with Distinction and has recently exhibited in group shows Making It Real with the London Alternative Photography Collective, Lumen: School of Light and Uncommon Ground at Royal Geographical Society. Her work is held in private collections in the UK, Europe, South Africa, UAE and Australia.