THE ONLY THING MORE SLIPPERY THAN THE ELBOW
A group show by :
Finlay Abbott Ellwood
Exhibition : Thursday 28 April - Saturday 7 May
Open 11am - 5pm, Thurs - Sat (or by appointment)
Opening event, Friday 29 April, 6-9pm. All very welcome
Participants from the 2019 Cornwall Workshop come back together after the pandemic interrupted several attempts at a reading group. Following on from ideas and conversations that began at the residency, led by artist Andy Holden, they are making work that falls between the eerie suspended seeping state they find themselves in. Process and conversation, hyperobjects and second bodies have informed the work and there is no going back
Finlay Abbott Ellwood
Finlay (b. 1996) grew up in Penderleath, a hamlet in west Cornwall surrounded by hills which then break down into the sea. He recognised early on that the hills and various elective properties of the landscape around him had a heartbeat and like most things rhythmical, has body because the metronome which which he placed across the territory he called home. He studied at the Slade School, in London from 2016-18. Since then he’s exhibited at various gallery’s across the UK, including ’ SOLFORCE’, Tremenheere sculpture gardens, ‘Casting the runes’ 108 Fleet Street, and has showed work at Frieze Masters, Penair House, TEFAF print fair, That Art Gallery, Pool. His works explore a broad range of themes including, the syntax of space, heterotopias, sets of relations, the cellular structures of organisms and societies, minimal intervention as a more ethical approach to thinking about landscapes, (re)representations an correlations between space, attitude and time.
Simon is an artist and music producer based in St Ives, Cornwall. Trained as a painter and then as a potter, he works mainly in slipware ceramics, dance music and video, with occasional forays into poetry and performance. Born in Wolverhampton in 1984, he was raised in Andros, Bahamas, then East Devon and has been living in Cornwall most of his adult life.
Olivia (Liv) is a multimedia artist who’s work is often led by handmade processes. She wishes to let the brain wander and wonder through intuitive and sensory states by creating visually and thematically fluid, exploratory and ‘shapeshifting’ work, kind of like a sensory mixtape. I like to use words, film, fabrics, plants, costumes, performance, food, sounds, ceramics, paintings and drawings, often creating interactive, installation and sometimes collaborative work. Her work at the moment is particularly looking at the body and its senses, ecology, and how they interlink in creating our experience of living.
She was born and raised mostly in Somerset, and moved to study in Falmouth, graduating in 2019. Since then she’s been living with friends in a creative house - working on several collaborative and group exhibitions, hosting workshops, and taking part in the 2019 Cornwall workshop and a three month residency in Norway.
Flo Brooks is an artist based in West Cornwall. Predominantly a painter working in acrylic on wood, he also draws upon a broader practice informed by the application and production of collage, publication, installation and social practice. Composed of overlapping images, symbols and exploded shapes, Brooks' paintings often act as vignettes into reimagined public spaces; toilets, gyms, parks, markets; where narratives of people, objects and architectures are disrupted and decoded. Recent exhibitions have sited paintings within larger sculptural installations, where depictions of waste and ephemerality within the works, are extended into the gallery space through makeshift structures, discarded materials and pile ups.
Flo Brooks graduated with a BFA Fine Art from Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, University of Oxford in 2010. Recent solo exhibitions include: Be tru to your rec, Project Native Informant, London, 2022; Angletwich, Brighton CCA, which travelled to Tramway, Glasgow, 2020 - 2021, and Scrubbers, Project Native Informant, London, 2018. Group exhibitions include Bodies in space, MIRROR, Plymouth, 2022, SEEN, Newlyn Art gallery and The Exchange, Cornwall, 2022, Beano: The Art of breaking the rules, Somerset House, London, 2022, and Kiss my genders, Hayward gallery, London, 2019.
He is currently working on a Clapham Public Realm Commission with Studio Voltaire, London, developing a painting informed by LGBTQ+ and feminist narratives connected with Clapham Common.
Jane made a film about Atlantic debris with playwright Nick Darke, about their collection of found objects, connections with the eastern seaboard of the Americas and Cornish fishermen and wreckers, The Wrecking Season,2005. This was the first film to mention plastic pollution of the seas. She has made two further films, all were broadcast on BBC FOUR, is a published writer and radio broadcaster. A new film about the work of Nick Darke is in progress and a new book, a view of the world from sea level.
She collaborates with Derbyshire sculptor Andrew Tebbs at Tregona Chapel, St Eval, North Cornwall where they curate St Eval Archive, a collection of recorded memory and digitised photographs, and a herbarium of St Eval plants. They are working on the Habitats Project through 2022, funded by the Arts Council and Kresen Kernow, representing nine natural habitats of St Eval in 90 small paintings, in the manner of Victorian artist Marianne North at Kew Gardens. They are also making habitat surveys of Redruth in a series of workshops from a bell tent. All work will be exhibited at Kresen Kernow, Redruth, from June to August, with a residency through August to include habitat recording workshops, visiting naturalists and films about wildlife in Cornwall.
Leila is an artist based in Penryn, Cornwall. She studied Sculpture at Manchester Polytechnic and the Slade School of Art, as well as studying Aesthetics and Art Theory at Kingston University. She has taught at various HE institutions in the UK and has exhibited at numerous independent spaces and museums nationally and internationally.
She describes herself as a maker of things, using sculpture within the bounds of installation. Her practice is often concerned with different states of flux – translations of various physical states and the way things appear to flow in an unending series of fleeting moments of suspension. Recent and forth coming exhibitions includes a group show, IN-TIME, Wilhelimina -Barnes Graham Trust in Edinburgh and first should be the last and the last, first, a solo show this November at the FishFactory Art Space in Penryn.
Georgia is an artist living and working in Helston, Cornwall. Her practice takes on many forms; ranging from ludicrously impractical human powered contraptions and snappy ‘epic fail’ videos to curious ceramic sculptures, enduring sound works and public events. Her wry eye and attention to life’s smaller details underpins her work and she adapts found objects to redirect, interject, mimic and rethink how we interact with everyday places, people and local ecologies. Georgia’s commitment to consistently undermining purpose attempts to operate as a respite from the highly functional global landscape and celebrates what happens when we inevitably fall short.
Georgia runs The Allotment Club; a project space on an allotment in Penryn, Cornwall and is in the second year of running Residency in a Shed; a residency in the shed on the allotment.She is also the instigator of Forced Collaboration; a collaborative platform that aims to forge relationships between artists from different disciplines and locations, it has been running for five years and has facilitated over 200 collaboration between artists all over the world.
Drawing and cookery are the primary modes by which Mollie gives form to a multisensory engagement with her surroundings. Trained as a printmaker, her approach to drawing has been shaped by a dedication to the use of both dip pen and etching needle to make informationally rich works which require slowness and stillness in both their creation and viewing.The tactile scale and intimate anatomy of the commonplace book and illuminated manuscript remain consistent touchstones, alongside comic books, liber herbalis, and concrete poetry.
With an interest in the interpretive and exploratory possibilities of cookery, she has prepared meals for audiences in a range of non-traditional settings, inviting collaboration and generosity through the sourcing of ingredients and preparation of food; a counterpoint to the isolation of the studio. Originally from the northeastern US, she lives in Nancekuke, Cornwall.
Andy grew up in Torquay and went to a Polytechnic in Brighton followed by a couple of MA’s in London. He currently lives in St Just, has a studio in St Ives and teaches part time on a broad-based fine art course.
Harper co-founded NotCut studios in London (1996-2010) and was a member of the Organising Committee for Braziers International Artist Workshop (2004-2008).
Processes of production have always served as a gateway to explore key concerns such as pattern recognition, procedural memory, visual thinking, sensory processing, neuro-aesthetics and haptic perception.
Recent exhibitions include Parallel Botany at Patrick Heide Gallery, London and Naturemax at Giant, Bournemouth.
Emily is an artist and educator based in Boscombe, Dorset. Her multidisciplinary practice spans moving image, choreography and sculpture, and responds to untold, latent and speculative histories and relations that are entangled within landscapes, bodies, matter, ruins, relics and artefacts. Through fieldwork, archival investigations and interdisciplinary collaboration, she seeks to trace, reconfigure and complicate the narrative frameworks we use to understand the world around us. Her practice is informed by literature, ecological thinking and posthuman feminist theory and is best characterised by the Italian word ‘intreciarre’ (meaning to entwine, weave or braid).
Alice is an artist based in Redruth, Cornwall. Her work incorporates film, sound, sculpture, painting and print and often explores decorative/domestic architectural forms found in buildings and interiors, alongside using organic forms from the landscape. Colour, texture, material, surface and shapes are explored and sometimes re-used to evolve through the placing and layering of images. The final objects create staged environments and narratives.
Alice has curated and ran artist-led spaces, talks, screenings and workshops, which includes a project space in Berlin in 2003-2005 and a membership/residency programme at CMR Project Space in Redruth. Recent funded events that she has led have included; a series of artists talks, screenings and workshops in sound, photography, film and publishing as an artistic practice.
She also founded and co-organised Inland Art Festival 2014 and 2016. Alice plays keyboards in the band Disco Rococo.
Lizzie is an artist and lecturer based in Cornwall. She studied at Falmouth College of Art and The Royal College of Art, and now teaches at Falmouth University. Her practice sits in and around the subject of language and communication and its material manifestations – specifically the forms, containers, surfaces, materials and media that reading, writing and speaking take.
Rachael is an artist-filmmaker, lecturer and postgraduate researcher based in Cornwall. Her work aims at challenging traditional methods of documenting and recording for a socially engaged sensory practice. Often working with archive images, she blends still images with moving ones using both analogue and digital formats to create playful tension in her films.
Rachael’s current work involves using experimental filmmaking and arts-based techniques such as collage to engage participants with the Cornish landscape. She is a member of CMR, an artist-led project space, teaches experimental film at Falmouth University and is the recipient of a practice-based research PhD studentship.