Solos: Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom, Emma Cousin, Lindsey Mendick and Hardeep Pandhal

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Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art

St James’s
SE14 6ED

The programme has been specifically devised as a commissioning structure with which to support the creation of new work during a time of severe precarity, by artists who are part of the CCA’s community (either by being based in South East London, or by having worked with us previously). Each artist will make a solo exhibition in an individual gallery in the CCA. Their work either explicitly, or implicitly, tracks the impact of lockdown on their practices. Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom‘s commission will see him learn to play the drums, in real time across the show’s duration in the gallery space. In this he draws on previous works that deploy drumming as an improvisatory medium that intercuts across video and sound work. This endeavour will continue this interest, exploring structures of support and investment, and how infrequently we are given the space to learn new skills. Boakye-Yiadom works across ready-made objects, sound, sculpture, photography archive and self-produced moving image to create installations with multi-layered references. His works draw on plurality and cultural complexity, seeking those instances where cultures collide merge, grow and complicate. Incorporating snippets of film footage and fragments of sound into works, alongside collaborating with musicians for live improvisations, he employs an ongoing process of repurposing and re-mixing in reference to the way that cultural products inform each other and evolve continuously. Emma Cousin will present large-scale paintings on canvas, scaled to the body. She will also make new drawings directly onto the gallery walls. In her images, made during lockdown, Cousin examines digging as a grounding metaphor for her process as a painter; for its associations with exhaustive exertion, moving through layers of memory, and uncovering root systems as both support structures and threatening protuberances. As such she brings to bear the body and auto-biographical detail on social critique, probing the strictures of lockdown which have exposed our reliance on each other to be both violent and intimate. In her figurative paintings and drawings Cousin stages complex explorations of semiotics, social conventions and body language. Darkly comic parades of characters contort across the canvas and spring from the examination of particular linguistic idioms and sayings; themselves the product of centuries of social habitus and convention. Her figures, in their interactions, excesses, leakages, and gurns, explore the expectations placed on our bodies, and the ways we navigate our limits and drives. Lindsey Mendick’s new works revolve around her relationship with her fiancé who she became engaged to during lockdown. Their shared love of B movie horror informs Mendick’s installation which features paintings, stained glass, ceramic objects and miniature dioramas to create a vampiric love story. The works incorporate iconic objects that have come to represent the lockdown period, pitching humour and personal history into the gothic genre, one that traditionally transports us out of the lived reality into fantastical spaces. Mendick’s practice is hinged to her skilled work in ceramics, which she describes being drawn to for its tactile nature and its desire to be manipulated by the maker. She also embraces banner painting, sewing, metalwork, furniture making and sound within her autobiographical practice. By playfully combining low culture iconography and high culture methods of construction, Mendick creates humorously decadent and elaborate installations that enable the viewer to explore their personal history in a cathartic fashion. Hardeep Pandhal presents new narrative-based work exploring the inner trappings of a fictive art school and the structures upon which it is upheld, whilst considering in equal measure both the emancipatory and stultifying effects of its workings. His work will manifest both physically and digitally in the gallery spaces; reflecting the migration of artworks from physical space under the restrictions of lockdown. Pandhal works with writing, graphics and voice to transform feelings of disinheritance and disaffection into generative spaces that bolster interdependence and self-belief.

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Upcoming event dates:

  • Friday 18th September 2020 - Sunday 13th December 2020

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