1st July - 21st July
Preview: 30th June from 6pm
Togetherness: Notes on Outrage
Felicity Hammond & Polly Tootal
‘London burnt in 1940 for the sake of tolerance and the price was well worth it. It is burning again, but this time only to satisfy developers’ greed, planners’ inadequacy and official stupidity.’
Ian Nairn, London
About Togetherness: Notes on Outrage
South Kiosk is pleased to present Togetherness: Notes on Outrage, a research project that takes place across July 2016, including permanent displays, temporary exhibits, screenings, performances and talks. The project will celebrate the pioneering work of the architecture critic Ian Nairn whose 1955 edition of Architectural Review, entitled Outrage, revolutionised architectural criticism.
For Outrage, Nairn took to the road between Southampton and Carlisle observing and documenting the urban sprawl and ubiquitous civic architecture. Broken into 25-mile segments Outrage proposes an audit of every facet of subtopian aesthetics, covering subjects ranging from wire fencing, telegraph poles and street lights, to military installations and power stations, culminating in a manifesto, some precepts and a checklist of planning malpractices.
In addition to the publication of Outage, Nairns evaluation of the emerging subtopian landscape also took the form of a travelling exhibition across Britain, entitled Subtopia. The imagery used and the interactive format of the freestanding display and visualisation of agents of subtopia expressed further the young critics contempt towards the planning of the town, suburb, country and wild.
Considered within the current local climate of relentless mediocre redevelopment and increasingly privatised public space Nairn’s output seems both prophetic and more applicable than ever. To highlight this lasting resonance and fuel new dialogue surrounding Nairn’s ideas, South Kiosk has paired familiar collaborators Felicity Hammond and Polly Tootal, two artists whose work, like Outrage, closely interrogates the built environment.
About the Artists
Tootal’s photographs consider the way in which abandoned industry mixes with functioning architecture and development, depicting spaces left awaiting completion or areas of recent renewal. The modern British landscape is represented as rich with human activity, yet bereft of human presence. Obscured by a lack of context, yet strangely familiar. Tootal’s subjects are presented in such a way to highlight their eccentricities, focusing our gaze on the peculiar nature of their architecture and terrain.
Hammond’s practice is concerned with decaying British post-industrial landscape and the material language of urban regeneration. Her sculptural photo work, Bermuda Grass, borrows its name from an invasive weed, though its exoticism might be attributed to that of a luxury interior palette, a contemporary bathroom suite, or an imported house plant. Bermuda Grass recalls the weeds that emerge from the cracks in the shifting post-industrial plane, whilst referring to the digitally warped visions of simulated vegetation that can be found in speculative images of opulent living.
‘Togetherness: Notes on Outrage’ Opens 30th June
South Kiosk is pleased to present Togetherness: Notes on Outrage.
PV Thursday 30th June, exhibition continues 1st through to 21st July
Omgyjer Glusek, Friday 20th May
As part of Peckham 24 Photo Festival, South Kiosk presents an hour long programme of films featuring the work of four visual artists with strong links to the Cornish peninsula. More here
Dark Adaptation Part I
Open now during normal gallery hours also open as part of Peckham 24 late night Friday 20th May
South Kiosk Reopening 11th May 2016
South Kiosk is currently closed for install and will reopen the 11th May 2016. Please contact us if you have any questions or queries regarding forthcoming shows and opening times.
Eminent Domain now open
Gallery open Wednesday to Friday 11am to 6pm and Saturday 12pm to 4pm
Teleonomy – Tonight at Cafe Oto
Three visual artists selected by South Kiosk have been individually paired with three sound artists/musicians selected by experimental record label Where To Now.
Tickets for Teleonomy are available here.
South Kiosk Announces Teleonomy
South Kiosk and Where To Now present Teleonomy, an evening of one-off, collaborative AV performances by artists and musicians.
VERITY BIRT X U
SALVATORE ARANCIO X R ELIZABETH
AUSTIN CHARLES WILLIAMS X RICHARD FORBES-HAMILTON
South Kiosk at Unseen Photo Fair
We’ll be at Unseen Photo Fair again this year featuring works from Felicity Hammond and Polly Tootal.
Dates 18-20th September.
All artists work can be seen here at Artsy.
South Kiosk Prize: Camberwell College of Art
Congratulations to Jake Biernat from MA Fine Art Digital for winning this years inaugural prize.
More on Jake’s work and the course here
2015 Chelsea Prize Winner: Faron Ray
Congratulations to Faron Ray, winner of South Kiosk’s annual Chelsea Prize. We look forward to working with him in the coming months.