Studioscape: South London presents the work of five contemporary artists who have set up their studios in South London. Their diverse practices showcase the creative bustle that this once overlooked area of the city has been experiencing in the last few decades. This area has become a dynamic hub for young and emerging talent to find inspiration and expression. With work spanning across a wide variety of media, the artists featured in Studioscape: South London are characterised by their special attention to materials: their works have a powerful presence, and aim towards exploring the tactility of the artists’ chosen mediums and their illusionistic capacity to render the idea of texture, depth and layering on a two-dimensional plane.
I have been fortunate enough to experience an ongoing discussion with artists in their working environment before every ARTUNER show that I have curated. Sadly, this is not an element that the public is able to experience. With Studioscape my intention is to change this status quo by organising tours for those interested in meeting artists in situ; I encourage those interested in this endeavour to be in touch. Concurrently, Studioscape: South London is now live on www.artuner.com. Offering artist interviews, insights and descriptive texts, our digital platform continues to evolve as a critical instrument in augmenting the knowledge of collectors, while exposing artistic talent. Tied together through their shared geography, the creative trajectories of the artists in Studioscape cover a wide spectrum of mediums; they represent the innovation and skill embodied in the South London art scene today.
This complex exploration of surfaces sees artist Paul Kneale creating an evocative multi-layered strata of pigment and light by the sole use of a digital scanner, and Charlotte Develter challenging the limits of painting in her constructed multiple levels of colour and form, recalling the intertwining of fabric. Textile itself is in fact the protagonist of Isabel Yellin’s deeply tactile and sensitive artworks, suggestive of a domesticity invading the realm of dream. The distinction between art, industry and craftsmanship is also questioned by the work of Frank Ammerlaan, whose fluid, almost polychromatic alchemical images investigate the properties of their material in a similar way to Stefania Batoeva’s dynamic and gestural paintwork.
With Studioscape: South London, we have aimed to generate a stimulating discourse about the production and intention between artists and visitors. Many of my colleagues have commented on how far South London is and how they can never make it down there; yet they always seem willing to fly to Dubai for the sake of art. Many collectors in the London artworld seem to have sanctioned anything beyond Zone 1 as a foreign mission. I am against this containment and I hope that Studioscape will change this mentality by facilitating a connection between the collector and maker. In doing so, it will also offer exposure to the South London scene and to some of its most intriguing talents.
Eugenio Re Rebaudengo