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Spring Syllabus


  • J Hammond Projects Unit 2B2 Bomb Factory Boothby Road London N19 4AJ (map)
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Spring Syllabus

Curated by Lisa Slominski

Image: A Big Open Mouth with Eyeball Tonsils and Skeleton Horse with Human Meatball Toes by Raquel Albarran

Spring Syllabus unites nine artists from diverse backgrounds:

  • Raquel Albarran
  • Richard J Butler
  • Nnena Kalu
  • Sophie Larrimore
  • Alasdair Mcluckie
  • Christian Newby
  • Andrew Omoding
  • Victor Seaward
  • Hidekazu Sogabe

Curator Lisa Slominski resists conventional art-world labels based on education or formal training. She invites us to look at how the psyche seeks familiarity through repetition, reflection, recording, and reappropriation.

Discussing the selection process, Slominski explains:

Spring Syllabus is, in part, about exploring a wider totality of contemporary practices happening today. We’re interested in creating a dialogue amongst artists from distinct positions, including those from unexpected circumstances, rather than assigning restrictive labels like Outsider, self-taught, emerging and mid-career.

Spring Syllabus brings together Brooklyn artists Raquel Albarran and Sophie Larrimore, Sydney-based Alasdair McLuckie, and six artists currently working in the UK: Richard J Butler, Nnena Kalu, Christian Newby, Andrew Omoding, Victor Seaward and Hidekazu Sogabe. These artists embrace repetition through physical process — from Kalu’s densely entwined sculptures to Sogabe's complex and very personal system of audio notation. Art historical references — including Modernism, Romanticism and Medieval tapestries — are juxtaposed with the outcomes of entirely intuitive influences. Together, they form an exhibition that is both familiar and unfamiliar; full of pattern, puppies, pareidolia and painted toes.

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