Girls on Break,   2014 Acrylic on plywood,   courtesy: A Studio Voltaire commission,   courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise,   New York. Copyright the artist.

Girls on Break, 2014 Acrylic on plywood, courtesy: A Studio Voltaire commission, courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York. Copyright the artist.

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Testo di Marta Ravasi

ATPdiary continua la rubrica EXPANDED dedicata ad artisti, gallerie, musei e progetti nelle maggiori capitali dell’arte nel mondo. 

How to Work Together è un programma condiviso da tre organizzazioni no profit londinesi: Chisenhale Gallery, The Showroom e Studio Voltaire. Il trio unisce le proprie forze per la prima volta in un ambizioso e nuovo programma. È il tentativo di formare qualcosa a cui le organizzazioni da sole non avrebbero mai potuto ambire, un patto di amicizia che propone un nuovo modello di collaborazione. Il progetto consiste nell’interrogarsi su questo obiettivo, e lo fa attraverso una struttura precisa che intreccia eventi, discussioni e un ciclo di mostre commissionate ad artisti, nel corso di tre anni – la durata del finanziamento stanziato dall’ Art Council England.

Quello che già unisce le tre organizzazioni è l’assiduo impegno nel supportare artisti emergenti, la capacità di proporre un vasto programma educativo, la sempre presente convinzione che l’essere in parte finanziate pubblicamente significhi anche mettersi a l servizio della comunità e il provare a farlo cercando di mantenere la propria autonomia. Il tentativo di coinvolgere il pubblico è evidente, la sfida è provarci senza compromettere la visione degli artisti e i progetti stessi.  Questi e altri argomenti sono ampiamente trattati in una serie di interviste fatte ai direttori Polly Staple (Chisenhale Gallery), Emily Pethick (The Showroom) e Joe Scotland (Studio Voltaire), da Andrea Phillips, in cui vi è una discussione aperta e diretta nel tentativo di capire i dettagli della struttura organizzativa, anche dal punto di vista economico.  Le interviste e altri contenuti (tesi, ricerche, discussioni, registrazioni), sono raccolti online in Think Tank, una biblioteca in divenire costantemente aggiornata. 

I progetti espositivi commissionati agli artisti sono l’aspetto più visibile della collaborazione, per questa prima puntata hanno esposto Ella Kruglyanskaya (Studio Voltaire,   2 maggio-22 Giugno), Gerry Bibby (The Showroom, 30 aprile – 21 giugno) e Céline Condorelli (Chisenhale Gallery, 2 maggio – 22 giugno).

Installation view,   Ella Kruglyanskaya,   Studio Voltaire,   London,   2014,   courtesy: A Studio Voltaire commission,   courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise,   New York. Copyright the artist.

Installation view, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Studio Voltaire, London, 2014, courtesy: A Studio Voltaire commission, courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York. Copyright the artist.

Ella Kruglyanskaya vive e lavora a New York e  per Studio Voltaire – in quella che è la sua prima commissione pubblica fuori dagli Stati Uniti – ha realizzato una serie di quadri di grandi dimensioni e un’ampia pittura sul muro della galleria. Protagoniste sono donne intente nei loro mestieri, un confronto ai modelli culturali esuberante e cartoon. La mostra include anche una serie di disegni preparatori e due figure posizionate sul tetto dello spazio. A giugno uscirà la prima monografia sull’artista, pubblicata da Studio Voltaire e Koenig Books. 

Installation view of Gerry Bibby,   Combination Boiler,   The Showroom,   2014,   Commissioned by The Showroom for How to work together a shared project with Chisenhale Gallery and Studio Voltaire,   Photo credit Daniel Brooke

Installation view of Gerry Bibby,  Combination Boiler, The Showroom, 2014, Commissioned by The Showroom for How to work together a shared project with Chisenhale Gallery and Studio Voltaire, Photo credit Daniel Brooke

Gerry Bibby, artista Australiano che vive e lavora a Berlino, muove la sua ricerca partendo da “dietro le quinte”, interrogando l’organizzazione, modificando il proprio ruolo e le dinamiche del binomio artista-istituzione. In particolare il suo progetto – intitolato Combination Boiler –  ha avuto come punto di partenza un elemento fisico della galleria: l’impianto di riscaldamento, che viene smembrato nelle opere in cui l’artista ha anche fatto uso di doppi vetri, come per proporre una soluzione reale e fisica alla questione del conforto e accoglienza dello spazio. L’artista, per la durata della residenza e della mostra, concluderà il suo manoscritto, processo anch’esso che informa e sviluppa la sua pratica.

Installation view,   Céline Condorelli,   Chisenhale Gallery,   London,   2014,   Photo: Andy Keate. Commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery for How to work together a shared project with The Showroom and Studio Voltaire.

Installation view, Céline Condorelli, Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2014, Photo: Andy Keate. Commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery for How to work together a shared project with The Showroom and Studio Voltaire.

Céline Condorelli, artista londinese che a Chisenhale Gallery espone per la prima volta in una personale nella sua città, ha come punto di partenza della sua ricerca il concetto di amicizia come condizione basilare per lavorare insieme. Strutture simili a oggetti di arredamento si offrono come base su cui si sviluppa il progetto, invitando lo spettatore a partecipare e fare esperienza dello spazio della galleria, diviso da una splendida tenda d’oro. Il 18 giugno l’incontro con il sociologo Avery Gordon introdurrà l’uscita della sua pubblicazione The Company She Keeps . 

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Installation view,   Ella Kruglyanskaya,   Studio Voltaire,   London,   2014,   courtesy: A Studio Voltaire commission,   courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise,   New York. Copyright the artist.

Installation view, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Studio Voltaire, London, 2014, courtesy: A Studio Voltaire commission, courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York. Copyright the artist.

Text by Marta Ravasi

ATPdiary continues EXPANDED, the section dedicated to artists, galleries, museums and projects in the main art capitals of the world. 

A Particularly exciting project has been How to Work Together, a shared-programme project bonding three not-for profit London-based organisations: Chisenhale Gallery, the Showroom and Studio Voltaire. The three are putting together their resources in an ambitious new programme that allows them to work together for the first time. It is the ambitious trial of shaping something that the organisations alone could never try: a friendship pact that proposes a new model of collaboration. How to Work Together questions this target through a precise structure that intertwines events, talks, a series of artists’ commissioned exhibitions over a period of three years – the time the project is funded by the Art Council England.

What is already binding the three organisations is the assiduous commitment to support emerging artists, their ability to offer a wide educative programme and the underpinned knowledge that being publicly funded organisations both means being a public service and trying to maintain their autonomy. The big challenge is engaging people without compromising the project and the artists’ visions. These and others topics are addressed in a collection of interviews by Andrea Phillips with the Directors: Polly Staple (Chisenhale Gallery), Emily Pethick (The Showroom) and Joe Scotland (Studio Voltaire). These texts are open talks trying to understand the organisations’ structures, even on their economic side. These interviews and other content (essays, researches, texts, recorded talks) are collected online on Think Tank, an ongoing library of research that will build over the three years.

The Artists’ commissions are the most visible aspect of the collaboration. For this first part the shows have been: Ella Kruglyanskaya (Studio Voltaire 2 May – 22 June), Gerry Bibby (The Showroom, 30 April – 21 June), Céline Condorelli (Chisenhale Gallery, 2 May – 22 June).

Installation view,   Ella Kruglyanskaya,   Studio Voltaire,   London,   2014,   courtesy: A Studio Voltaire commission,   courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise,   New York. Copyright the artist.

Installation view, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Studio Voltaire, London, 2014, courtesy: A Studio Voltaire commission, courtesy of the artist and Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York. Copyright the artist.

Ella Kruglyanskaya lives and works in New York, in her first public commission outside the US she created large-scale oil paintings and an interior wall mural. The main theme is the feminine figure engaged in labour and work. She confronts social models through a cartoonlike style. The show also includes a series of preparatory drawing and two large-scale figures positioned on the roof of the Gallery. Her first monograph will be published by Studio Voltaire and Koenig Books in June. 

Installation view,   Céline Condorelli,   Chisenhale Gallery,   London,   2014,   Photo: Andy Keate. Commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery for How to work together a shared project with The Showroom and Studio Voltaire.

Installation view, Céline Condorelli, Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2014, Photo: Andy Keate. Commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery for How to work together a shared project with The Showroom and Studio Voltaire.

Gerry Bibby, an Australian artist that lives in Berlin, conducts extensive research behind the scenes, questioning the organisation and shifting his role and the dynamics of the duo artist-institution. The starting point of his project has been The Showroom’s heating system. This element is taken apart in his works. He also uses double-glazing, as in a way he wants to give a real answer to the concept of comfort and the welcoming element of the space. During the exhibition, titled Combination Boiler, Billy will be editing his manuscript, a process that also continue to inform the development of the show.

Installation view,   Céline Condorelli,   Chisenhale Gallery,   London,   2014,   Photo: Andy Keate. Commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery for How to work together a shared project with The Showroom and Studio Voltaire.

Installation view, Céline Condorelli, Chisenhale Gallery, London, 2014, Photo: Andy Keate. Commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery for How to work together a shared project with The Showroom and Studio Voltaire.

Céline Condorelli, a London based artist has a solo show at Chisenhale for the first time in her city. The Starting point of the exhibition is friendship as a basic concept to start working together. Structures and objects similar to furniture are the basis of the project and she asks the audience to participate and experience the space of the Gallery, which is shaped and divided by a magnificent golden curtain. This element introduces to a sequence of other works. On The 18th of June, a talk with sociologist Avery Gordon will launch her publication entitled The Company She Keeps. 

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Gerry Bibby,   Combination Boiler,   The Showroom,   2014,   Commissioned by The Showroom for How to work together a shared project with Chisenhale Gallery and Studio Voltaire,   Photo credit Daniel Brooke?

Gerry Bibby, Combination Boiler, The Showroom, 2014, Commissioned by The Showroom for How to work together a shared project with Chisenhale Gallery and Studio Voltaire, Photo credit Daniel Brooke