24 May – 1 June 2018
By Nathaniel Rackowe and Angela Woodhouse
With dancers Martina Conti and Alice Labant
At WestWorks, White City Place, 201 Wood Ln, White City, London W12 7TU
Public event: 6 – 8.30pm, Friday 1 June
11 – 24 May 2018
Dear friends and loyal audience,
It is with a heady mixture of sadness, pride and anticipation that I write this letter. To address the sadness first, I must let you all know that we will be closing Griffin Gallery to the public on 24th May 2018. After hearing this, I’m sure you understand the feeling of pride; the last six years have been extraordinary and exceeded all expectations. Then, on to the anticipation: most of the Griffin team will soon be joining our new friends at Elephant Magazine to support them as they grow into a global creative community.Read More
8 March – 20 April 2018
Curated by Tim A Shaw, Emma Smale and Niamh White.
Rachael Champion | Karen David | Jon Emmony | Alexandra Lethbridge | Steve Macleod | Cameron Morgan | Rose Pilkington | Charley Peters | Tim A Shaw | Esna Su
Using the floor plan from his own London apartment (1 Godley VC House), artist Tim A Shaw will construct a skeleton timber framework of his living space to scale within the gallery. Tracing out each room, the structure offers a suggestion of domesticity that provides the setting for a collection of art-works that furnish its interior. Rather than being a stable or fixed piece of architecture, the formation is much more akin to a psychic, virtual or imagined shell through which every ‘room’ is visible.
As a responsive site with the ability to instil feelings of sanctuary, warmth and familiarity, ‘home’ is also the place where our vulnerabilities and anxieties surface at their most palpable. The idea of the home is deeply embedded in human consciousness, where objects can be containers for memories, scents can be comforts or antagonists, architecture can present a means to frame the world. Homeliness can be tangibly felt.
This exhibition also functions as an investigation into the intangible qualities embedded into particular architectural spaces. It will inform the co-curators, who run the mental health and arts charity Hospital Rooms, where they commission world class artists to transform residential secure and locked residential mental health units in NHS hospitals. Each artist works in genuine collaboration with service users and staff, and responds to their thoughts and experiences to make creative and imaginative environments. As a separate location from the mental health units they ordinarily work in, this exhibition offers the freedom to draw out the potential in carefully, radically and candidly thought out living spaces.
After the close of 1 Godley VC House, there will be a Hospital Rooms exhibition of images of artworks created for their current project at Eileen Skellern 1, a psychiatric intensive care unit for women, with a private view event on 25 April, 6-8:30pm and opening hours 26-27 April 10am-5pm. You can read about the project at Eileen Skellern 1 here: https://hospital-rooms.com/slam-eileen-skellern-1
Photography by Oliver HolmsRead More
8 March – 20 April 2018
Perimeter Space at Griffin Gallery is delighted to present Do Re Mi Fa So La Te curated by Karen David
Ralph Anderson, Kiera Bennett, Katrina Blannin, Isha Bohling, Juan Bolivar, Rebecca Byrne, Joel Crerar, Rosalind Davis, Mathew Gibson, Jane Hayes Greenwood, Alex Gough, Fiona Grady, Jeanette Gunnarsson, Aly Helyer, Justin Hibbs, Ana Kazaroff, Dominic Kennedy, Caterina Lewis, Mac McNaughton, Joe Madeira, Lee Maelzer, Alex March, Alex Gene Morrison, José Carlos Naranjo, Stephanie Nebbia, Selma Parlour, Charley Peters, James Petrucci, Tom Platt, Kes Richardson, Alan Sastre, Susan Sluglett, Mimei Thompson, Alice Wilson, Sarah Kate Wilson, K. Yoland, Neil Zakiewicz
Do – A deer, a female deer
Re – A drop of golden sun
Mi – A name I call myself
Fa – A long, long way to run
So – A needle pulling thread
La – A note to follow so
Te – A drink with jam and bread
(Rodgers and Hammerstein The Sound of Music 1959)
From the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ is sung by Julie Andrews in the film adaptation of The Sound of Music where she plays the part of Maria; a matriarch or nanny in charge of looking after the Von Trapp children. Maria weaves a narrative to teach the notes of musical scales in turn teaching the Von Trapp children to sing in the process. In Do Re Mi Fa So La Te the musical scale is used as a metaphor for the use of colour in painting – When you know the notes to sing. You can sing most anything. The paintings in this exhibition are installed in the Perimeter Space, on a pale yellow 16m wall and aligns the exhibition with the beginning of Spring; heralding the joy of colour and the hope of fresh starts, and new-blooms of edelweiss.
A publication accompanies this exhibition with text from Isha Bohling. Publication launch date to follow.Read More
18 January – 23 February 2018
Perimeter Space at Griffin Gallery is delighted to present MINDY LEE & J.A.L.-B. where Mindy Lee creates a dressing room-like space, installing her paintings into the 16 metre Perimeter Space.
A publication accompanies this exhibition with text from Michael SzpakowskiRead More
18 January – 23 February 2018
Griffin Gallery is delighted to present ‘In Line’; an exhibition bringing together the work of nine artists whose distinct practices explore a common territory in quite different ways and mediums including painting, video, installation, wall painting, drawing and kinetic sculpture. Each artist is concerned with the use of line to generate a complex structure or form, bounded by a set of rules that ultimately determine the final work.
Curated by Saturation Point, Patrick Morrissey| Hanz Hancock
2 November – 15 December 2017
Exhibition of work by the shortlist of ten artists for Griffin Art Prize 2017.
Cristina Banban, Sooyoung Chung,Oli Epp, Jadé Fadojutimi, Jonathan Kelly, Anna Liber Lewis, Jinyong Park, Noor Qayyum, Maia Regis, Rania Schoretsaniti
The Griffin Art Prize 2017 is designed to provide one outstanding candidate a unique package of support in 2018 total value £10,000. The winner will be announced at the private view on Wednesday 1 November.
The Griffin Art Prize judges for 2017 are artist Ansel Krut, Griffin Gallery head curator Becca Pelly-Fry, Elephant magazine editor Robert Shore.
7 September – 15 December 2017
Anne-Marie Creamer’s installation takes as its subject the linear progression, and dramatic staging, of the transition of an actor into a fictional character, including the initial stages of the script, diagrams of the gestures and movements of the actor, props and lighting, the actor endlessly rehearsing a single scene, and finally silhouettes and props of the stage – shown from the perspective of looking in from the wings of the theatre; A back-stage viewing, A Diagram of Waiting.Read More
7 September – 20 October 2017
Curated by Juan Bolivar and Jennifer Guerrini Maraldi
Ralph Anderson, Ben Cove, John Greenwood, Sigrid Holmwood, Richard Kirwan, Kittey Malarvie, Ngarralja Tommy May, Mawukura Jimmy Nerrimah, Lily Hargraves Nungarrayi, John Stark, Daniel Sturgis, Freddie Timms, Keturah Nangala Zimran
Griffin Gallery is delighted to present Earth Wind & Fire, presenting six Australian Indigenous artists alongside seven British artists. The exhibition reflects on the similarities of conceptual theme and craftsmanship, with treatments and motifs such as home-made pigments, symbolism, abstraction, depictions of nature, and the celebration of culture; both ancient and modern.Read More
27 July – 25 August 2017
Griffin Gallery is delighted to present ‘In Residence’, a two year survey of our Residency Artists.
Ayelet Amrani Navon, Corrie Baldauf, Mike Ballard, Jean Charles Bureau, Mark Connolly, Adam Dix, Louise Giovanelli, Beatrice Haines, Sam Hodge, Yva Jung, Antoine Langenieux-Villard, Joanne Newman, Claire Nicolet, Jack Otway, Thomas Platt, Piers Secunda, Odilia Suanzes, Jose Luis ValverdeRead More
27 July – 25 August 2017
Curated by Karen David
Sarah Baker, Sasha Bowles, Adam Dix, Magda Drwiega, Richard Ducker, Matt Gee, Ludovica Gioscia, Jane Harris, Samuel Herbert, Sharon Kivland, Hiroe Komai, Liane Lang, Karen Murat, Zoë Mendelson, Darren O’Brien, Harry Roberts, Dallas Seitz, Sophia Starling, Holly Stevenson, Karen Tang, Julie Verhoeven, Alice Wilson, David Ben White, Neil Zakiewicz
Window Sill takes its starting point from the aesthetic encountered in ‘seaside homes’ where often windows become impromptu displays for kitsch ornaments, nostalgic memorabilia and domestic paraphernalia. In this latest exhibition at Perimeter Space, its long window becomes lined with sculptures, window stickers and glass hangings which blur the meaning of sculptural objects when (re)positioned in this way. Perimeter Space is supported by Griffin Gallery providing experimental dialogues and collaborations in this new project space.
11 May – 7 July 2017
DAVID MACH: INCOMING
David Mach has constructed a gargantuan installation from 20-tonnes of newspaper cascading through the room like a wave of paper, exploding through gallery walls and engulfing cars and objects in its wake.
Mach’s past installations have engulfed objects whole such as cars, furniture and airplanes. The large-scale piece will create an organic volume of colour and texture, characteristic of Mach’s work.Read More
9 March – 21 April 2017
Tim A Shaw will be creating a site specific installation in the Perimeter Space. Viewable only through windows from the outside of the building, the space within will hold a timber frame ramp that reveals a narrow sanctuary containing light works, paintings and collages.Read More
9 March – 21 April 2017
Griffin Gallery is delighted to present ‘Architecture as Metaphor’, a group exhibition curated by Steve Johnson and Becca Pelly-Fry.
‘Architecture as Metaphor’ brings together a body of works by 33 artists from the UK, Germany and Holland, where architecture and the built environment become the primary motif and expressive image, transcending their traditional ‘subordinate’ role in visual art as a setting, backdrop or context.
Maurizio Anzeri, Jemma Appleby, Phyllida Barlow, Tony Bevan, Owen Bullett, Jemima Burrill, Tony Carter, Michael Craig-Martin, Richard Deacon & Mrdjan Bajic, Arturo Di Stefano, Lucy Gunning, Ulrich Jansen, Alzbeta Jaresova, Steve Johnson, Evy Jokhova, Dirk Lebahn, Peter Newell Price, Miyuki Okuyama, Fabian Peake, Martin Pfahler, Ray Richardson, Stephen Robson, Susanne Rosin, Dieter Roth, Wolfgang Schlegel, Heidi Sill, Terry Smith, Gary Stevens, Rob Voerman, Prue Waller, Richard Wentworth, Rachel Whiteread.
12 January – 24 February 2017
Jack Otway’s ‘corpse-painted’ window panels will blacken the facade of the Griffin Gallery’s Perimeter Space in children’s face paint. Wobbly rendered sunken eyes will adorn the panels in rhythmic fashion exploring the cosmetic as an important site for meaning-making.
Otway is interested in the movement of extreme beliefs from subcultural periphery to the mainstream and how these are visually formulated and packaged for commercial or political means.Read More
12 January – 24 February 2017
Griffin Gallery is delighted to present ‘I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper’, a group exhibition that examines the importance of appropriation and influence on the practices of ten contemporary artists.
The show is curated by the London-based art consultant Catherine Loewe, in collaboration with Griffin Gallery Director Becca Pelly-Fry.
Nick Hornby & Sinta Tantra
Wolfe Von Lenkiewicz
The exhibition title comes from the 1978 Hot Gossip song of the same name, and also refers to the artist Glenn Brown who used the title for one of his paintings; a meticulous rendition of a Rembrandt. This time collision of mass media, popular culture and venerated Old Masters encapsulates the complex, and at times subversive, relationship between contemporary art and art of the past, and this in part was the genesis of the exhibition. While all of the featured works open up myriad lines of enquiry, from challenging notions of value and authorship, to examining modern morality, the show is in essence about the artists’ relationship with the art historical canon from the Old Masters to the present. The theme alludes to the collective hysteria surrounding the art market and fuses the double Frieze Fairs, the Contemporary and the Masters, in this case blurring the distinguishing factors. The works in the exhibition include both traditional materials and the use of new technologies in a wide variety of media, from plasticine to video projection.
Image: ‘Copyright the Artist. Courtesy Ben Brown Fine Arts, London’Read More
27 – 27 November 2016
On 27th November 2016 artist Corrie Baldauf painted a gigantic gold zero on the roof top car park of Television Centre using 200 litres of iridescent gold Liquitex paint, covering 230 square metres of concrete. The artwork, called GOLD ZERO, mirrors the shape of the car park ramp, highlighting the architectural function of the building ahead of its major redevelopment next year.
GOLD ZERO | Corrie Baldauf, sponsored by Liquitex in collaboration with Griffin Gallery and White Noise with thanks to Television Centre
Photo Credit: Jack JohnstoneRead More
24 November – 23 December 2016
Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space presents Mannequin curated by Karen David. Initiated this year with an inaugural exhibition presenting the work of Susan Sluglett and Fabian Peake, the Perimeter Space explores experimental projects in the periphery of the main Griffin Gallery.
The selected artists for Mannequin explore practices ranging from painting, film, performance, and site-specific installation whilst sharing common connections to ‘fabric’ as a medium. For this exhibition they have been given a singular rule to dress a mannequin in their own approach and interpretation.
In a ‘post-medium-specific’ age where the significance of medium is negotiated, Mannequin invites these artists to carry their own concerns through this exhibition premise; utilising a window-dressing-mannequin as their supporting structure or blank canvas. In Kosuth’s words the ‘essence of art’ morphs from medium to medium.
In 1974 Joseph Beuys, wearing his signature layer of felt, spent three days in a solitary space at the René Block Gallery, New York with a coyote in his now iconic performance I Like America and America Likes Me. For Beuys the medium of felt (alongside fat, sledges and walking sticks) reoccurs as a key material from his personal mythology. In a similar way Mannequin sees the artists presenting their own recognisable tropes; integrating found objects, consumer culture, the history of the figure and the politics of fashion, using their ‘visual shorthands’ to re-position our reading of these values and reinforce their own personal mythology.Read More
24 November – 23 December 2016
Congratulations to Ana Milenkovic, winner of the Griffin Art Prize 2016!
Designed to have a meaningful impact on the career of one emerging artist, Griffin Art Prize 2016 offers one outstanding candidate a three month residency, a large well-lit studio, materials of choice, a mentoring programme and accommodation.
The prize was judged by Rebecca Lewin, Exhibitions Curator at Serpentine Galleries, London, Jenny Lindén Urnes, owner and Chairman of Lindéngruppen, Becca Pelly-Fry, Head Curator of Griffin Gallery and British artist Vicky Wright who shows with Josh Lilley Gallery, London.Read More
4 October – 18 November 2016
Positions, continues the dialogue begun by Susan Sluglett in Perfume Island, first shown at New Greenham Arts, Berkshire; the site of the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp which was established to protest for nuclear disarmament. Positions is accompanied by a newly commissioned poem Stone Curlew by Fabian Peake.
In this instalment at Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space, Sluglett presents a series of paintings as posters or placards that suggest the atmosphere of a protest that is either about to start or has just finished. The paintings here employ abbreviated chess themes as a ground. Part of the secret of winning chess is to realise when conventional values can be overturned and a sacrificial move can be made which will achieve victory. The war-like game of chess as a ground motif, is juxtaposed with peaceful, neutralising imagery of nature; such as plants or birds of various species.Read More
4 October – 18 November 2016
Perfectionism does not seek to be perfect. Neither does it claim to showcase perfect artists. Instead, this is an exploration of perfectionism of process.
In the third part of the series, our focus turns towards the idea of transformation of materials. We look at a range of artists whose practice involves taking materials through a meticulous and carefully planned process in order to change their status or presence.Read More
18 August – 30 September 2016
Solo exhibition of Zsofia Schweger presenting work created during her six-month Griffin Art Prize residency.
Zsofia paints minimal domestic interiors of the home she grew up in Sandorfalva, Hungary. While her paintings appear to be made of perfect, clean shapes in block colours, a closer look reveals the anxiety behind each brush stroke, and a sense of both comfort and alienation.Read More
28 April – 10 June 2016
Curated by Rebecca Byrne and Liz Elton
Pool explores the expanded field of painting via the device of a constructed landscape, a garden, with works brought together as an immersive experience.
Thirteen artists, all of whom work in and around painting, have been asked to make work that alludes to this theme. As the show has developed, new connections between the works have become apparent, and aims have altered and shifted. The construct of a garden has acted as a frame in itself, with ideas embedded in individual pieces moving in and outside its own boundaries.Read More
17 March – 22 April 2016
Curated by Becca Pelly-Fry and Jason Colchin-Carter
“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.”
― Orson Welles
This group of artists, represented by IP Arts, come together for a show that explores the nature of humanity and the eternal search for meaning in our daily lives.
Show ends on Thursday 21th April at 5pm.Read More
19 November – 18 December 2015
Exhibition of work by the shortlist of ten artists for Griffin Art Prize 2015.
Jose Carlos Naranjo
The winner will be announced at the private view and prize giving on Wednesday 18 November.Read More
16 October – 14 November 2014
This exhibition, presented by The Magma Group, combines expressive and conceptual qualities in art, notwithstanding that these aspects seem to be mutually exclusive. Concepts are therefore realised with expressive energy rather than by cool intellect.Read More
11 September – 10 October 2014
Griffin Art Prize 2013 winners, Luke George and Elizabeth Rose present their solo show at Griffin Gallery; the result of six months intense investigation into the particular properties of the madder root and its use as an artists’ pigment.Read More
3 July – 30 August 2014
This exhibition does not seek to be perfect. Neither does it claim to showcase perfect artists. Instead, this is an exploration of perfectionism of process. Of artists so committed to their practice that it permeates their every movement and waking thought, manifest in the meticulous detail demonstrated in their work.
Curated by Becca Pelly-FryRead More
20 March – 18 April 2014
Showdown is an online competition hosted by Saatchi Art for artists to showcase their work and have the chance for it to be judged by internationally celebrated artists and curators. The artist Jaime Gili, widely acclaimed for his vividly coloured geometric works, joins previous judges who have included Barnaby Furnas, Ged Quinn, Wangechi Mutu, Peter Coffin, Dexter Dalwood, Matthias Weischer and Chantal Joffe.Read More
9 January – 7 February 2014
The 2013 edition of annual exhibition Young Gods will take place simultaneously across two locations in west and east London. Selected and curated by Zavier Ellis, director of Shoreditch gallery CHARLIE SMITH london and co-founder of THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, the exhibition will be a multi-disciplinary presentation of London’s most exciting graduates from the summer of 2013. Young Gods is presented in conjunction with the Griffin Gallery, supported by fine art brands Winsor & Newton, Conté à Paris and Liquitex.Read More
5 – 20 December 2013
Showdown is an online competition initiated by Saatchi Online in order to give artists from all over the world the opportunity to showcase their work and for it to be judged by internationally acclaimed artists and curators.Read More
3 – 11 October 2013
In collaboration with the Trinity Gallery in Tokyo, this refreshing and risk-taking exhibition will present for a week only the works of three young Japanese artists – winners of the Grand Prix and Semi-Grand Prix Liquitex Art Prize 2012.Read More
6 – 27 September 2013
Alzbeta Jaresova solo show
The inaugural winner of the Griffin Art Prize, Jaresova has been working in the artists’ studio above the Griffin Gallery since February. Exploring themes of physical and psychological confinement, Jaresova makes beautifully rendered drawings, paintings and three dimensional models.Read More
1 – 30 August 2013
This exhibition displays the results of the artists residency in the Free Radical Centre’s science laboratories in Melbourne, Australia. Each artist was asked to respond artistically to the topic of free radicals, thus bringing science and art together. Through this process the artists realised the significant impact of free radicals on the fundamental human processes. Most particularly how free radicals are essential for life, but paradoxically also cause ageing and our inevitable demise. Parallels can also be drawn between artists’ materials such as paints and plastics which require free radicals to polymerise or cure, but are nonetheless degraded by them overtime.Read More
6 June – 11 July 2013
FACK! (Forum for Artists in Chelsea and Kensington) presents the West London Art Prize 2013 at Griffin Gallery, a selection of artists who have a ‘W’ postcode. The winner will receive at six week residency at Griffin Gallery.Read More
14 – 22 March 2013
Mathieu Dufois is an emerging artist who has already made his mark on the art world. He studied fine art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Le Mans and has exhibited in a number of galleries in France and New York since he graduated in 2007. His distinctive work is largely inspired by the cinema of the 1950s and is a mix of black and white drawings, photography and installations. He works largely with Conté à Paris products, primarily the Pierre Noire and graphite lead pencils. During the course of his two week exhibition he will be giving several talks about his particular techniques.Read More
11 January – 16 March 2013
The 2013 edition of annual exhibition Young Gods will take place simultaneously across two locations in west and east London. Selected and curated by Zavier Ellis, director of Shoreditch gallery CHARLIE SMITH london and co-founder of THE FUTURE CAN WAIT, the exhibition will be a multi-disciplinary presentation of London’s most exciting graduates from the summer of 2012. Young Gods is presented in conjunction with the Griffin Gallery.Read More