Venue: Lumen Studios, St John on Bethnal Green, London, E2 9PA
Opening Event Thursday 13th December 6.30-8.30pm.
Exhibition Continues: Friday 14th, Saturday 15th, Sunday 16th and Monday 17th December from 10am-6pm.
In response to the Lumen Studios open call, independent curator Georgia Stephenson brings together three emerging artists exhibiting all new sculpture, film and installation works created specifically with the crypt space in mind. The exhibition, Life is too short to be serious all the time, sees artists Jack Evans, Michael Hautemulle and Richard Müller come together to offer an obscene comicality dealing with issues of the Anthropocene and promises to deliver a joyful lens with which to view uncertain fates.
Jack Evans (b. 1992) is a visual artist, film maker and sculptor. His work is interested in ideas of aspiration and masculinity, drawing motifs from the aesthetic ideas of ‘luxury’, and the people (men) who reinforce it. Through recreation and imitation, his work draws from the semiotics of architecture and taste, ranging through classicism, brutalism and minimalism, through to the more obscure symbols of aspiration revived from his Nineties childhood in the midlands. His work questions and examines the ideas of form and beauty, especially in regard to the places we occupy and inhabit, whilst alluding to what may be the banal and farcical nature of it all. Since graduating with a BA from Central Saint Martins (2015) he has exhibited internationally, including Inhabiting the Dome, Whiteley's London (2018); Postage and packaging paid for, London for Art Licks Weekend (2018) The Floor is Lava, Subsidiary Projects for Art Night London (2018); Kühle Wampe’s Saturday Night TV Party, The Lombard Method, Birmingham (2017); Home and Away, The Art Space, Glasgow (2016); Souvenirs from Earth Festival, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015) and GROW, Regents Park, London (2015).
Richard Müller is an artist living and working in London. Muller employs technologies, often erringly, to create works of sound, video and image. These digital works are woven within a coeval studio practice that allows narratives, images and gestures to emerge and recur in myriad means of representation. The impetus of this production is a desire to expand the capabilities of contemporary digital technologies to pierce standard forms of artistic representation by embedding digital video and sound into installations and sculpture. Müller received a MFA from the Slade school of Fine art in 2015 and an MA in Contemporary Art Theory from Goldsmiths in 2018.
Michael Hautemulle (b.1991) grew up prominently in Flagstaff Arizona. In 2009 she moved to Antwerp to study fashion design then consequently, she moved to Amsterdam in 2010 and completed her undergraduate degree in Fine Arts at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2014. Michael moved to Glasgow in 2015 to undertake her MFA at the the Glasgow School of Art which she completed in 2017. She is now permanently based in Scotland where continues to develop her practice, which follows a cyclical loop: from origins to rocks to humans and culture / rocks and culture to the Anthropocene to the apocalypse to origins. Implicit in this line of questioning is the poracious positions of humans, as sentient beings being both self aware and thus aware of our own mortality, accounting for less than the batting of an eye in geological time. Michael tries to quell (her fear) or understand that position by investigating cultural innovations that have lead us to our current moment as well as trying to imagine what sort of significant relationships might exist in future, in a post sole-human world.
Lead image credit: Fuel (Church of Multiplication Series) by Richard Müller