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Corinna Spencer

Paint Her To Your Own Mind

10th July 16 – 30th September 16
By Volume VI of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman
Lawrence Sterne Trust
Shandy Hall
York
YO61 4AD

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Cruel And Tender

Vacuous at Studio 1 Gallery, London
Preview 24th August 6-9pm
25th August – 11th September, 2016
London
SW18 1ES

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Europa

Transition Gallery ShopSpace
London
E8 4QN
17 – 25 June 2016
Gallery open: 17, 18, 19, 24 & 25 June, 12-6pm
Preview Tuesday 14 June 6-9pm

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Corinna Spencer – French Chair, 2016, acrylic on found postcard

Europa features a plethora of European themed works by a diverse group of artists. The exhibit looks at what Europe means to the artists involved in the weeks before and after the EU Referendum.

Europa is an idea originated by Luci Eyers whose Tranzine updating the myth of Europa will be launched at the opening of the exhibition. The exhibition is staged in Transition’s ShopSpace and features paintings, sculptures, collages, pottery, badges, stickers, postcards, drawings, games, zines and pamphlets, all with a European theme. Participating artists come from the UK and all corners of Europe, including many non-British citizens now living in the UK. Each contributes a very personal look at the European idea whether political, allegorical, idealistic, practical or cynical.

The work on show (and for sale) ranges from Kirsty Harris’ in/out balloons and Henrietta Armstrong’s pottery vessel inspired by the Neolithic Beaker folk to Paul Jex’s erased polling card, Bridgette Ashton’s View Master reel of stereoscopic photographs of handmade gingerbread depicting famous landmarks of Europe, Amy Pennington’s The Biased Wheel Of Staying In The EU game and Olha Pryymak’s paintings inspired by social media coverage of the conflict in Ukraine. Also on show are Susie Hamilton’s painted classic European fiction book covers, Jenny Campbell’s deconstructed Europa sculpture and numerous paintings, postcards and zines examining subjects such as booze cruises, twin towns, European film, a Rubens painting dedicated to European peace and archetypal European symbols.

The participating artists are: Karen Apps, Henrietta Armstrong, Bridgette Ashton, Tom Banks, Madison Beach, Siobhan Belingy, Jenny Campbell, Violet Frances Cato, Annabel Dover, Luci Eyers, Carlo Formisano, Archie Franks, Patrick Galway, Felix Gannon, Thomas Goddard, Susie Hamilton, Kirsty Harris, Stephen Harwood, Anoushka Havinden, Georgia Hayes, Ivaylo Hristov, Antonia Jackson, Paul Jex, Paul Johnson, Laura Keeble, Elizabeth Kwant, Delaine Le Bas, Alastair Levy, Em Lockren, Cathy Lomax, Evariste Maiga, Mia Maric, Alex Michon, Christina Mitrentse, Kate Murdoch, J A Nicholls, Suzanne O’Haire, Tony O’Keefe, Lucienne O’Mara, Jane Oldfield, Ross Patrick aka ASL, Alex Pearl, Amy Pennington, Olha Pryymak, Leah Rainey, Adele Reed, Matt Rowe, Anne Ryan, Alli Sharma, Alison South, Corinna Spencer, Charlotte Squire, Helen Stratford and Lawrence Bradby, Mimei Thompson, Patricia Thornton, Katherine Tulloh and Tim Barnes, Tisna Westerhof

Écriture Féminine

20 FEBRUARY – 5 MARCH, 2016
Open View on Saturday 20 February, 1 – 5pm
Edgar Modern
Bath
BA1 2EE

Emma Copley / Toni Cogdell / Henrietta Dubrey / Roxana Halls / Rachael Read (Rain) / Corinna Spencer / Caroline Yates

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Edgar Modern will be holding a multiple artist exhibition in February 2016 entitled ‘Écriture Féminine’ and curated by recent MA Curating graduate, Jennifer Dudley.

French writer Hélène Cixous first coined the term ‘écriture féminine’ in her seminal essay, ‘The Laugh of the Medusa’ (1975), in which she asserts: “woman must write her self: must write about women and bring women to writing, from which they have been driven away as violently as from their bodies”. Based in literature, yet applicable to the visual arts and other forms of self-expression, écriture féminine is the concept of women being empowered to represent themselves and their histories, thus creatively exploring their social roles and status in the world.

This multiple artist exhibition will explore contemporary depictions of women writing her self, outside of the art historical tradition of the ‘male gaze’. Includes work from Edgar Modern artists Henrietta Dubrey, Roxana Halls, Toni Cogdell and Rachael Read (Rain) as well as two exciting guest artists: Corinna Spencer, Caroline Yates, and Emma Copley.

Read more about the exhibition on our gallery blog

(image: Corinna Spencer, Goyas Women, 2015)

Home Time

Private View: Friday 19 February 6-9pm
20 February – 12 March 2016
Transition Gallery
London
E8 4QN

Alex Michon / Kate Murdoch / Alex Pearl / Corinna Spencer
organised by Corinna Spencer

In this era of generation rent, political inertia in affordable house building has caused a psychological shift in the home is where the heart is ideal. A troubling sense of unease now resides behind closed doors. Reflecting on this disorientating dislocation, by picking over treasured knick-knacks, considering family histories, looking forwards at sci-fi solutions or clinging to the wreckage of lost utopias, Home Time asks its artists to make responses to the objects which they surround themselves with.

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Alex Michon uses broken glass as a metaphor for impermanence, unease and the domestic chaos caused by using her flat as both home and studio. Utilising, furniture, text and discarded dresses she proposes an elegy for the ever-declining belief in and provision of sustainable social housing.

Kate Murdoch is an artist whose work reflects a fascination with the passage of time, the permanence of objects and the fragility of existence. It is human nature to surround ourselves with objects; they provide us with a sense of self and reveal our connections to the wider world. Often loaded with meaning, objects reflect both our internal emotional world and the external image we present to others. From the mundane to the meaningful, they are steeped in social and political history and part of our identity.

Alex Pearl makes mini epic films, video installations, games, photographs, objects, blogs and books with his work nodding toward the structures and images of science fiction and the idea of the artist as evil-genius or crackpot-scientist. For Home Time he looks at the futurist visions of Tex Avery and Le Corbusier. Pearl is currently studying for a PhD that looks at a New Materialist take on mechanical breakdown and anthropomorphism.

Corinna Spencer’s work centres on obsessive love, death and mourning, explored through intimate portraits. For Home Time Spencer looks back at her own family, who are currently scattered over two countries, and in particular her mother. This dispersed family has led to a sense of impermanence and searching for home which feeds Spencer’s compulsion to look backwards to a deceptively simple past.

(image: Kate Murdoch, Every Mothers Son, 2016)

The Names

16 January – 6 February 2016
Friday & Saturday 12-6pm
Transition Gallery
London
E8 4QN

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The Names features a number of small works; each one is about the name / signature of the artist who made it. From Duchamp’s subversive R.Mutt to Josh Smith’s shameless painted autographs, artists have cavorted with the significance of the signature. As a rule, in the early 20th century, the signature was a vital addition to the front of an artwork, embedding the artist’s identity into the work with showy authentication. In contemporary art, however, the signature is generally discretely placed on the back of an artwork and a prominent signature has become the signifier of very bad, amateur taste.

Denying the name on the front of the work is an art world game. The value of an artwork depends upon its maker – so excluding the name means only those in the know, know for sure the veracity of the work.

In contemporary culture ‘bad taste’ can quite legitimately be resurrected and become a sign of the most adventurous tastemakers. Thus, there are now artists who knowingly embrace the potential of the signature by signing their work prominently and defiantly on the front.

The Names first appeared at Sluice Art Fair in October 2015. It will be reimagined at Transition Gallery in January 2016 with 18 additional artists.

Michael Ajerman / Phil Allen / Sarah Baker / Mike Bartlett / Sara Berman / Kirsty Buchanan / Andrew Bracey / Jenny Campbell / Brian Cheeswright / Paul Cole / Sarah Cleaver / Annabel Dover / Gordon Dalton / Sarah Doyle / Luci Eyers / Grant Foster / Archie Franks / Susie Hamilton / Russell Herron / Ed Hill / Paul Housley / Henry Hussey / Marie Jacotey / Jasper Joffe / Tash Kahn / Adam Kelly / Matthew Krishanu / Paul Kindersley / Delaine Le Bas / Damian Le Bas / Cathy Lomax / Enzo Marra / Chloe Manasseh / Alex Michon / Alex Pearl / Vera Portatadino / Michael Pybus / Harry Pye / Dallas Seitz / Alli Sharma / Corinna Spencer / Emma Talbot / Mimei Thompson / Joel Tomlin / Gavin Toye / Katherine Tulloh / Isaac Willis / Rose Wylie

Portrait Of A Lady & Nottingham Open 2015, Closing Ceremony

Portrait Of A Lady Continues until 17 January 2016

Nottingham Castle Open 2015
Prize Giving Party & Closing Ceremony*
Friday 6 November, 6 – 8pm
Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Nottingham
NG1 6EL

‘Spencer has never been boring. But it’s fair to say she is getting more and more interesting as she expands on monolithic series like this one, a fascinating, skewed take on traditional portraiture’ – Read more about Portrait Of A Lady on Mark Sheerins Criticismism

Portrait Of A Lady, a film by Juno Doran – watch HERE

The Names

Transition at Sluice_ Art Fair 2015
16 – 18 October 2015
Barge House Gallery
Oxo Tower
London
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Michael Ajerman / Phil Allen / Sarah Baker / Mike Bartlett / Sara Berman / Kirsty Buchanan / Annabel Dover / Sarah Doyle / Archie Franks / Susie Hamilton / Russell Herron / Paul Housley / Henry Hussey / Marie Jacotey / Jasper Joffe / Paul Kindersley / Matthew Krishanu / Cathy Lomax / Alex Michon / Alex Pearl / Michael Pybus / Harry Pye / Dallas Seitz / Alli Sharma / Corinna Spencer / Mimei Thompson / Gavin Toye / Rose Wylie

Mourning Portraits

11 October – 7 November 2015
Opening Reception Sat 10 October 6-8pm
Closing Event – Sat 7 November, 6.30-8.30pm
The Salon at Automatic Sweat
2656 La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles
CA 90034

The Salon (at automatic sweat) is pleased to present an exhibition of recent work by Corinna Spencer. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States.

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Love and obsession are central to Corinna Spencer’s work. Through portraiture she explores the effects and manifestations of fixation or romantic love from both sides of a relationship, whether real or fictional.

For The Mourning Women Spencer has focused on the effects of death and mourning. Inspired by Victorian Mourning photography Spencer blurs the line between the mourning and the mourned for. The loss and simultaneously the memento of love are present in these portraits.

Corinna Spencer lives and works in the UK and has exhibited nationally and internationally including New York and London. Recipient of the Nottingham Castle UK Open Solo Show Prize in 2014, Spencer’s solo show Portrait of a Lady, 1000 portraits commissioned by Nottingham Castle is currently on show until January 2016.

Portrait Of A lady – 1000 portraits

19 September 2015 – 17 January 2016
Nottingham Castle Open closing ceremony Friday 6 November 6-8pm
Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Nottingham
NG1 6EL

You can read about my installation of 1000 portraits when Yvette Gresle interviewed me for Writing In Relation.

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Shelf Life

I will be taking part in Shelf Life at PS Mirabel, Manchester.

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Portrait Of A Lady

19 September 2015 – 17 January 2016
Nottingham Castle Open closing ceremony Friday 6 November 6-8pm
Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Nottingham
NG1 6EL

You can read about my installation of 1000 portraits when Yvette Gresle interviewed me for Writing In Relation.

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Salon 7

12 September 2015
6-9.30pm
The Old Lock Up Studio
Darbyshire

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1000 Portraits

London-based art historian and art writer Yvette Gresle interviewed me for Writing In Relation ahead of my upcoming solo show at Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery.

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Four of my Photo Booth Girls were chosen for the Nottingham Castle 2014 Open and I was subsequently awarded a solo show. The space in which I will be installing my paintings is large and so it’s a great opportunity to make a lot of work. I needed to set a target to work towards so I thought a lot about what would be a reasonable number of paintings to make in the time I had. 1000 seemed like a nice round number. I’m really open minded about the install options, and it would be great to do something a little unusual with some or all of them.…. [Read the rest of the interview here]

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Lucy In The Sky

5 June – 5 July 2015
Preview Thursday 4 June 2015, 6-9pm
Gallery Open: Friday – Sunday 12-6pm
Transition Gallery
London

Brobirn / Emma Cousin / Aly Helyer / Adam Kelly / Neil Metzner
Organised by Corinna Spencer

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To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour
William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

With a whole cosmology of mega data and imagery now readily available at the touch of a screen, artists are free to make up their own worlds, hybridising versions of reality, mixing it up, musing, humouring, personalising and confounding as they go. Lucy in the Sky presents five very personal visions of the stuff that surrounds us.

More info about the artists on the Transition Gallery website here.

Heads

16 May – 21 June 2015
Yellow artist run space
Varese
Italy

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Drawing Limerence

by Lynn Willmott & Karen Lang
Published by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Available on Amazon

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Limerence is an irrational, obsessive and incapacitating adoration of and attachment to one person. This book is a collection of artworks from artists across the world that are inspired by, or represent, limerence in the belief that art can provide insight into this experience. It aims to promote awareness and to raise funds for future research and will appeal to both art lovers and those interested in the subject of limerence.

Featured Artists: Krista Acheson / Bonita Bruch / Janet Brusselbach / Joe Bussell / Dr Subhas Chandra Das / Amanda Dabel / Amalia Dulhan / Gary Goodman / Dania Grevengoed / Gina Kalabishis / Lisa Krannickfeld / Karen Lang / Claudia Mengel / Ellie Seymour / Corinna Spencer / Bernadette Trela / Via Violet / Daniela Vladimirov

Sex Shop part 2

15 – 29 March
Finissage & Garageland 18 (Sex) launch: Sunday 29 March, 4-6pm
Transition Gallery
London
E8 4QN

Liane Lang / Tessa Farmer / Keith Farquhar / Tom Gallant / Blue Curry / Alli Sharma / Jon Fawcett / Cathy Lomax / Tom Walker / Francis Richardson / Debbie Lawson / Catherine Morland / Benjamin Orlow / Sarah Gillham / Mindy Lee / Corinna Spencer / Mimei Thompson / Clare Mitten / Paul Hazelton / Jess Eaton / Freddie Robins / Robert Carey-Williams / Jorge de la Garza

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Corinna Spencer, Doll Face, 2014

For Sex Shop, curators Sarah Gillham, Jack Stokoe and Darren Nairn invited 50 artists, designers and creative people to develop a prototype version of their own sex or fetish object. Playfully engaging with issues surrounding sex and desire the responses span a wide range of different media, from 3D maquettes, to 2D visualisation, time-based pieces, and references to panoply of sexual practices, fetishes and merchandise. They are by turns personal, provocative and usable.

Sex Shop’s first incarnation, in the south coast resort of Folkestone, played on ideas of the seaside town as a place of secret liaisons and dirty weekends, conducted against a scenic, yet simultaneously shabby and dilapidated backdrop. The ‘sex shop’ is of course a seaside staple, often selling genuine sex aids flanked by an assortment of humorous trinkets and throwaway paraphernalia. Sex Shop now tours to the very different surroundings of design conscious Hackney, a place where pleasure seeking is taken very seriously.

Full List Of Artists

Darren Nairn / Évelie Mouila / Jack Stokoe / Cathie Pilkington / Nick Fox / Keith Farquhar / Chris Rogers / Patrick Goddard / Phil Wilson-Perkin / Mike Nelson / John Walter / LEAK / Bronwen Buckeridge / Nick Land / Joey Holder / Susan Beattie & Yvonne Stone / Salvatore Arancio / Dave Maclean / Tamsin Clark / Richard Healy / Amy Stephens / Sh! / Suzanne Treister / Marloes ten Bhömer / David Rayson / Liane Lang / Tessa Farmer / Keith Farquhar / Tom Gallant / Blue Curry / Alli Sharma / Jon Fawcett / Cathy Lomax / Tom Walker / Francis Richardson / Debbie Lawson / Catherine Morland / Benjamin Orlow / Sarah Gillham / Mindy Lee / Corinna Spencer / Mimei Thompson / Clare Mitten / Paul Hazelton / Jess Eaton / Freddie Robins / Robert Carey-Williams / Jorge de la Garza

The Auction Of Desire

20 Feb 215 – 5 March 215
Fundraiser on Paddle8
Transition Gallery
London
E8 4QN

My painting ‘Heart Cut’, 2012, is up for auction in the Transition Gallery Fundraiser on Paddle8. Bidding is open until 5 March, 2015 here.

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Nottingham Castle Open: Awards

I am very pleased to have been awarded a solo show at Nottingham Castle scheduled for later this year. Congratulations to all of the winners and selected artists.

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Artists: Margie Andrew-Reichelt / Chloe Ashley / Alan Baker / Shaun Belcher / Jackie Berridge / Lotti Closs / Daniel Cowlam / Sumiko Eadon / Craig Fisher / Joanna Fursman / Adam Grüning / Jack Holden / Abi Hubbard / Melanie Jakubson / Geoff Diego Litherland / Andrew Macara / Danica Maier / Tracy-Ann Marrison / Craig David Parr / Faith Pearson / Adrian Pearsons / James Politano / Simon Raven / Reactor / Bobby Sayers / David / Severn / Corinna Spencer / Sarah Terry / Oliver Tirré / Lois Wallace / Corey Whyte / Jodie Wingham