Olivia Bryant (b.1996) is a London-based interdisciplinary artist, her work spanning sculpture, drawing, and painting. Her practice explores themes of desire, mythology, hope and loss within the context of an increasingly fragile biosphere. Working with materials made from and by living organisms, as well as those designed to impose limitations on nature, she investigates the delicate boundaries that keep biological matter from too closely interacting with artificial spaces. Bryant’s 3D printed lace works on canvas are hand-drawn in biodegradable plastics made from oyster shells, beer, scallop shells, and wood, dismantling the contradictions between organic and highly processed materials. Her more recent works are cast in salt, working with livestock and utilising the aesthetics of a Victorian pleasure garden to consider tensions within the British agricultural industry.
Robert Mead is a graduate of Chelsea College of Art & Design and Slade School of Fine Art. He is a current PhD Researcher at the Slade having received scholarships and prizes including Jean Spencer and Malcolm Hughes research grants 2019 – 23 and the Max Werner Drawing Prize in 2021. “Moving through the strata of my paintings digs up histories and ghosts of our past which linger in the changing landscapes of today. Using the materiality of painting along with fieldwork and harvesting and making pigments, my paintings reveal different types of residue of human impacts on our planet. These traces can be both visual and colourful but sometimes microscopic and hidden. In these stratified landscapes the earth ruptures and transforms as ghosts of deep time intersect with fragments of my memories. This imagery is bound with my own harvested materials and pigments, the clay of eroding cliffs, brickwork from houses which have toppled into the sea and the waste from old batteries. These materials are symptoms and traces of human histories and impacts but also the overwhelming power of nature. They are buried in the paintings’ layers, echoing our own growing presence in the current and future strata of the Earth, and the strands of human histories entwined with them. These multiple entanglements can be excavated; fragments of image and symbol to engage with and read through, making different visual connections. For me, this layering and interweaving of meaning through imagery and material is an ongoing process of reflecting on the changing conditions of our planet and imagining alternate ways of thinking about our relationship to both our past and our future.”
Junyi Lu (b. 1996 in Guangzhou, China). Junyi’s practice focuses on the correlation among entities perceived through daily living experiences as well as research in ecotheory, socioeconomic politics and the flux of social information in folklores and contemporary digital realms. Based on both sensational and intellectual perceptions, her works explore various media and materials. Representations are manifested through diverse visual languages; they stimulate semiotic abduction that engages viewers in a process of reading, interpreting, feeling, connecting, thinking, imagining, and creating. This organic process is hoped to inspire a nonverbal awareness of our integrated world.
Steven He (b. 1994 in Shanghai, China) completed his MA at the Royal College of Art in London and was a Merit Scholarship recipient at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BA) in 2016. He aims to draw attention to the majesty of things that can often be overlooked. He takes inspiration from universal traditions to make comments on the peculiar ways that our attention can be drawn. By playing fast and loose with the gap between eastern and western notions of beauty and philosophy and perceptions of relative status and value he aims to tease out mechanisms by which these ideas plant themselves and are remembered in our minds.
Osipova and England met at the Royal College of Art in 2022, their combined visual languages and aesthetics sparked a working relationship exploring the concepts of the quotidian, culture and the dualities of material and technological practices. This will be their first curatorial project together.
About Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop and the Workshop Foundation:
Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop
is an exhibition and residency space in London and unique in its approach to bringing artists and their practices to the public. They support a diverse range of emerging and mid-career contemporary artists by providing them with space and time to develop their practice, network within our growing community, be mentored by team members and crucially be introduced to their expansive network of collectors, art educators, professionals and visitors.
Through their residency programmes and exhibitions, they give artists, curators and theorists a platform to present work and share ideas as well as creating an environment for freethinking and exchange.
They have now organised more than 40 exhibitions with over 120 artists and curators, with 10 exhibitions and 25 artists in residence a year, drawing in international audiences and participants, as well as being a local landmark in the community of Kensington and Chelsea and its surrounds.
Unit 1 Gallery | Workshop was founded in 2015 by artist Stacie McCormick in a former builder’s merchant.
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