LAF EDIT

Painting by Paola Ciarska depicting women exploring their sexuality, amongst humorous pop culture references and quirky interior design.

 

 

LONDON ART FAIR: EDIT

KARA CHIN
FRANKIE ROBERTS
PLASTIQUE FANTASTIQUE
MAGGIE ROBERTS
JOHN POWELL-JONES
DALLAS SEITZ
PAOLA CIARSKA

20 – 31 JANUARY 2021

 



WE ARE PART OF THE THINGS WE LOOK AT, THE THINGS WE MOVE THROUGH:

We are the sentient ceramics of Kara Chin and the synaesthetic soundbites of Frankie Roberts.

We are collages and prints; reminders of when Plastique Fantastique told stories on Zoom and when Maggie Roberts became octopus.

We are the sci-fi horrors of John Powell-Jones, imprisoned in clay and woven into rugs for your home.

We are Dallas Seitz photographs: weird tales breaking down under giant skies.

We are the pleasure palace paintings of Paola Ciarska, bounced from dream dimensions into the spaces we have known.

And we’ll be here, on the Internet.

Get the gang together for the reimagined 2021 London Art Fair, because we are very keen to show you some great things, dear reader.

Frankie Roberts: “When I cook a chicken, I keep all of the bones.”

 

DALLAS SEITZ

Black and white photograph by artist Dallas Seitz of Salvation Mountain with the words "God is Love", in 'East Jesus'.

Dallas Seitz
Salvation Mountain | 2020
UV Direct to Media (edition of 3 with 1 AP)
C-Type print (edition of 3 with 1 AP)
50.8 x 33 cm

Dallas’ new photographic series continues ’The American Story’, a solo presentation at IMT in 2016 with works addressing the Cold War, ideas of God, isolation, and the concept of mutually assured destruction. In this new series ‘East Jesus’ Dallas explores a community in California where the focus is on creative output and freedom. The commune work collaboratively and support each other through the trade of services and handmade goods. The series focuses on ideas of a dystopian America where religion and political beliefs on community or commune collide.

 

Black and white photograph of the tops of telephone poles, with a storm looming in the background; by artist Dallas Seitz.

Dallas Seitz
Storm | 2020
UV Direct to Media (edition of 3 with 1 AP)
C-Type print (edition of 3 with 1 AP)
50.8 x 71 cm

Black and white photograph of a sign with hand painted swimming whale and stars, by Dallas Seitz.

Dallas Seitz
East Jesus Whale | 2020
UV Direct to Media (edition of 3 with 1 AP)
C-Type print (edition of 3 with 1 AP)
30 x 20 cm

 

Black and white photograph of a dilapidated building with a sign reading "Church of Enlightenment". Taken by artist Dallas Seitz, East Jesus California.

Dallas Seitz
East Jesus | 2020
UV Direct to Media (edition of 3 with 1 AP)
C-Type print (edition of 3 with 1 AP)
50.8 x 28 cm

An example of UV Direct to Media:

Installation view of 'The American Story' by Dallas Seitz, with hanging perspex photographs.

Installation view of ‘The American Story’ by Dallas Seitz at iMT Gallery (2016)

 


PAOLA CIARSKA

 

Paola Ciarska
Life and the Pursuit of Pleasure #2 | 2020
Gouache on board
12.5 x 12.5 cm
Unique

Paola’s most recent series of paintings of increasingly creative and intense architectural spaces. Previously Paola’s small but intricate compositions combine elaborate, colourful interiors with enigmatic, often naked, women. These women, Paola’s “girls”, appeared as a nameless avatar that occupied and played within homes left temporarily vacant by their occupants. For this new series, wanting to connect with others at this time of isolation, Paola’s signature girls have been replaced by real women: friends and strangers responding to an Instagram call out to become part of her parallel world.

Paola’s paintings demand “close attention, and repeated looking unfolds strange new frissons and surprise details” (Daniel Culpan for Artforum). However, the girls in these new works occupy the spaces in which Paola’s surreal games with scale and purpose are even more evident than before. Sofas that resemble giant hot dogs, tables made of oversized playing cards and a rug that looks like, or perhaps even is, a giant egg sit in strangely dimensioned rooms decorated with vast pop cultural murals. For such tiny works these games with scale emphasise their playfulness and potential, as well as the creative flow of their experimental and ambiguous symbolism.

As if inspired by the peculiar incongruity of the objects that surround them, these new visitors have become increasingly more creative with the space’s structure and strange reality: they let their arm dangle off the edge of a floor or stare through an invisible wall; they imitate poses from murals, repaint walls and paint a drooping penis as a stiff erection. Paola’s paintings have always represented the blend of our digital and physical homes and our private and public lives, but in these new works the nature of this mixture of reality and fantasy feels both spontaneously joyful and uncompromisingly real.

 

Miniature painting by Paola Ciarska with intricate compositions combining elaborate, colourful interiors with enigmatic and naked women.

Paola Ciarska
Untitled (Commission) | 2020
Gouache on board
19 x 13.5 cm
Unique

Paola also does commissions in which your own home becomes the setting for her work. Email us to find out more.

 


 

JOHN POWELL-JONES

 

John Powell-Jones
Job in Cyber | 2020
Linocut print 
37.5 x 36.5 cm
Edition of 8 and 1 Artist Proof (5 Available)

John’s ceramics, tufted pieces and prints are part of a new body of work – an evolving narrative and ongoing exploration of the toxic neoliberal ideology that places the of the gains of a small human elite and technological progress above the health and wellbeing of the Earth and the rest of its inhabitants.

The characters in this series have recently appeared in ‘Technotrash: The Fellowship of Technoid’ performance at the Holden Gallery, Manchester (2020); and the Quantum Loop episodes exhibited as part of ‘This is a Not-Me’ at IMT (2020). The story will culminate in twinned exhibitions at IMT and Castlefield Gallery in autumn 2021. Other recent exhibitions include: ‘Other Transmissions’, at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (2020) and Tate Liverpool (2019), and ‘Here and How?, Motion Sickness, Cambridge (2019). John currently works in Manchester.

 

John Powell-Jones
Maggot | 2020
Linocut print 
37 x 27.5 cm
Edition of 8 and 1 Artist Proof (3 Available)

 

John Powell-Jones
R.P.G | 2020
Linocut print 
38.5 x 37 cm
Edition of 8 and 1 Artist Proof (5 Available)

John Powell-Jones
Maggot | 2021
Acrylic and cotton yarn, latex, monks cloth
54 x 88 cm
Unique

 


 

MAGGIE ROBERTS

Maggie Roberts
Cave | 2018
Digital C-Type print (photographic and video still collage).
77 x 66 cm
Edition of 5 and 2 Artist Proofs 

In ‘Cave’ we see large cat eyes, hooded figures, star bursts and strange plant life emerge and sink back into its folds. These are shamanic presences. The cave is an almost universal archetype of the unknown, of safe spaces, of ritual and transformation, of early human art. The meshes and skeins of synthetic digital layers suggest a place where virtual matter can coat the geological, where slow ancient planetary time and future VR time communicate. This cave is a portal and a moebian fold in spacetime – peering into the recesses of the space, the viewer can see the Milky Way galaxy suspended in the dark interior.

 

Maggie Roberts
The Other Side of the Digital is the Octopus | 2018
Digital C-Type print (photographic and video still collage)
91.5 x 64 cm
Edition of 5 and 2 Artist Proofs 

Maggie creates crazy, science fictional worlds imbued with a fluid materiality. Her work explores evolutionary fever dreams and articulates future possible scenarios impacting on the geopolitical and human present. They reflect her continuing interest in manifesting invisible currents and currencies that affect our daily reality such as geological time scales, Machine Vision, magical becomings, evolving communication currents in vibrant matter and Climate Change as the violence of excess and luxury. She sees these as effective frequencies in our habitats and fantasies.

She works across a variety of mediums including collage, photography, monotype, digital image and video. The works are often formed as an amalgamation of layers, with both two, three and four-dimensional works configuring at different depths and perceptions to create a sense of cosmic endlessness. Her immersive audio-visual flows combine collage layers from concurrent works on paper, recombinant objects and digitally generated imagery with filmed footage.

 

Maggie Roberts
Toxic Lake 5.0 | 2017
Monotype print (laser cut stencils, oil paint, fluorescent and gold pigments on paper)
70 x 50 cm
Unique

 


 

PLASTIQUE FANTASTIQUE

 

Plastique Fantastique
Welcome Termites: As the City Crumbles so the City Rises | 2020
C-Type print
100 x 150 cm
Edition of 5 and 1 Artist Proof

The prints are made as Termite Avatar propaganda and were made during a time in 2020 when it seemed the city of London was abandoned by humans.

 

Plastique Fantastique
Welcome Termites: Pick Up Sticks and Put Them Down | 2020
C-Type print
100 x 150 cm
Edition of 5 and 1 Artist Proof

 


 

KARA CHIN

Kara Chin
Dense Growth | 2020
Glazed ceramics, tile grout, cement and plywood
14 x 11 x 3.4 cm
Unique

Kara Chin
Zoom in on the Foliage | 2020
Glazed ceramics, tile grout, cement and plywood
19 x 12 x 2.8 cm
Unique

 


 

FRANKIE ROBERTS

 

Frankie Roberts
Lemon Head | 2019
Clay, lemon, resin, paint and varnish
23 x 12.5 x 24.5 cm
Unique

 

Frankie Roberts
Mrs Gibbs | 2019
Clay, stones, chicken bones, diamante, borax crystal,
miniature plastic shoe, doll leg, enamel paint and varnish

14 x 13 x 26 cm
Unique