A solo art exhibition
of more than twenty vibrant acrylic paintings, at the award winning Cavendish
Conference Centre in central London, informed by Ann Kopka’s fascination
with the interaction of geometry, design and architecture in the urban
Ann Kopka’s paintings in essence lean towards abstraction although
deliberately hover between the representation of recognisable images and the
non-traditional formal repetition of shapes and structures prevalent in
abstract art. There is a visual emphasis
on exploring the relationships between structure and scale, colour and light,
repetition and pattern. And the processes of deconstructing and reconstructing
subject matter to articulate concepts of space produces images, which taken out
of their original context, verge towards a perception of abstraction.
Translating her own altered digital images on to large canvases
requires precise measurements and calculations, and is an intensive and time
consuming operation. The paintings ‘grow’ through the subtle application of
multiple layers of vivid acrylic colour. Colour is employed not to be
representational but to convey energy, emphasise the circulation of movement
and bind the network of structures together into a coherent picture. The slow
development of vibrant saturated surfaces results in paintings that have an
illusion of depth sometimes with distinctive three dimensional qualities
contradicting the defining flatness of abstract art and yet in art historical
terms allude to analytical cubism, constructivism, op-art and geometric
Ann Kopka studied Fine Art
at Central St Martins College of Art and Design and the City Lit. She has studied
The Practices and Debates of Modern Art and graduated with a First Class
Honours degree from The Open University. She has also studied Museum Curating
at Tate Modern. Ann has exhibited in London, the UK and USA. Her work is held
in private collections in France, Spain, UK, USA and Australia.
I will be moving to Dundee next month. For the occasion, I am organizing a studio party and everybody is invited to come to my studio in NW10 on the 1st of April at
Other reasons to celebrate are that I am finalist for the Lynn Painter - Stainers Prize 2016 (for the ones that missed the exhibition at the Mall Galleries, there will be another one from the prize in Guildford next June - for details click here) and two of my paintings have been shortlisted for the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.
Caroline Cary, Concerto I, acrylic on canvas, 220x125cm
Where: Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi
Address: Cannaregio 4132, 30121 Venice
Private View: Tuesday 22 March 2016 from 18:30 – 21:30
When: Wednesday 23 March – Saturday 2 April 2016
Tuesday to Sunday 12:00-18:00 also by appointment
Gallery 106 is
delighted to announce the exhibition CLOSE UP: Towards Midnight of Cary &
Webb organised in collaboration with Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi in Venice, Italy.
CLOSE UP: Towards Midnight hints at the conflict between the
hope of a dawning day and the darkness of night and impossibility of not to be
aware of the suffering of the world we live in. This, as Caroline Cary
expresses “emerges regardless, from the subconscious, in the form of pictures
expressing a certain conflict between the joy of life and the shadow of pain”.
A good example of this is picture “After Paris” Cary painted just after attack
on Paris in November 2015. This exhibition is an installation that combines the
traditional art of painting with the modern technology of laser lights expertly
applied by Jim Webb. The gallery space filled with light, colour and smoke
suggests and conveys a contemporary view of the spiritual and ethereal,
reminiscent of the sunlight pouring through the stained glass of a cathedral
Caroline Cary and Jim Webb have joined forces to produce
innovative installations, combining the traditional medium of painting with the
technological advances in the use of laser light.
Cary&Webb are creating a world of light and colour, a
lake and waterfalls of deep blue, to immerse yourself in, fashioned from
lasers. Swirling smoke drifts in and out of a sculptural construction of
painted Perspex. The all-encompassing sight and sound is a mind expanding and emotionally
moving experience. The experiments with the lasers is an attempt to use light
as a three dimensional tool, using light as another way of exploring pictorial
space. Cary paints the pictures and carefully plans the layout which is then
all brought to life with Jim’s skillful use of laser lights adding an extra
dimension to the installation.
Cary&Webb have been collaborating for many years; CLOSE
UP: Towards Midnight is is an exhibition that will for first time going to show
their technological and artistic partnership in Venice. They produced a highly
successful installation, Horizon, in Docklands in 2009, Cloudy River in Gallery
106, 2012 and Castles in the Air in 2013, which is now to be followed by
another, unusual and exciting installation for Gallery 106 that will be
exhibited at Palazzo Ca’ Zanardi in Venice, Italy. The installation is designed
to open our sensibilities to a whole new area of visual awareness, appealing to
all manner and ages.
Caroline Cary is an international artist. She lives and
works in London and Southern Spain has been showing her work professionally in
both solo and group shows since the 1970 ́s in, London, New York, Los Angeles,
Paris, Nairobi, Granada, Marbella. She works in many different mediums, having
begun her career in landscapes and figures, she has moved towards abstraction
and to experimental work on Perspex.
Caroline Cary is a lifetime member of Free Painters and
Sculptors with whom she shows regularly. She has been represented at most of
London’s Art Fairs. Recent solo shows (2014- 2015) includes Artist in Residence
with the Symphony Orchestra of Granada, Spain. OCG. Solo Show December &
January Manuel de Falla, Concert hall, Granada, Spain. Gallery exhibitions
include the Jonathon Poole Gallery, Sue Rankin Gallery, Austin Desmond Gallery,
Christopher Hull Gallery, Gordon Hepworth Gallery, Studio 106 Art Gallery, The
New Grafton Gallery and The Piers Feetham Gallery to name but a few, and in
Spain, Gran Capitan Granada, and in various other Spanish venues and galleries.
Studio106 Art Gallery, at the Center for Contemporary Art, Montenegro.
(Paintings Caroline Cary and an Installation in collaboration with Jim Webb’s
Laser Lights) in October 2013. In 2012, Solo Show, Studio 106 Art Gallery
London, Sculptural Construction in collaboration with Jim Webb’s laser lights
Recent group shows include Free Painters and Sculptors
Summer & Christmas Shows Menier Gallery 2012 - 2015. Gallery Artists Show,
Gallery106 in June 2012. Art Festival Salobreña in Spain, July 2012. Work In
Public Collections include: The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel. The
permanent collection of the Museum of Center Contemporary Art Montenegro.
Manuel de Falla. Jim Webb is a well known laser performer who lives and works
primarily in London.
Webb’s current work consists of redefining the public visual
perception of lasers by use of techniques never used before and producing a
visual experience which combines a fresh wonder of laser light with interactive
elements that allow the viewer to modify their experience. He has exhibited
globally from the late seventies, until today. He was responsible for setting
up Holographic Studios at the Liverpool College of Art and the Royal College of
Art in London. He has worked in television worldwide, including BBC Horizon,
QED and various SciFi Series, as well as educational programs and game shows.
He has created a variety of installations in many environments ranging from
galleries to forests. He has also been influential within the development of innovative
control and display techniques for use with lasers. Gallery 106 is a
Not-for-profit organisation that provides a platform to explore, create and
present contemporary art and new forms of expression.
Chinellato (Ca’ Zanardi) and Dusanka Marsenic (Gallery106) In collaboration
If you have other access requirements, can you please email SVolunteer@TUC.ORG.UK and will try to plan accordingly. Note that
unfortunately we are unable to provide signlanguage interpretor due to the
lack of budget.
*(1) **Opening Session – 11.30-13.00*
It’s been claimed that George Osborne’s recent budget has “solved all our
problems” in the arts & culture sector. What’s the reality?"
Speakers: Sonia Boyce, (Professor of Fine Arts, Middlesex University) –
Maria Eagle, (Shadow Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport) –
Dr. David Fleming, (President of the Museums Association) – confirmed;
Clara Paillard, (President of PCS Culture Sector) – confirmed.
Chair: Nicola Hawkins, (Chair, CLIC)
- *Lunch break & performances 13.00-14.00 -*
*(2) Workshops sessions 1 – 14.00-15.30*
* (a) Campaigns *
Speakers: Chris Jury, (WGGB/CLIC), “BBC: Love it or Lose it” campaign;
Christina Paine, (UCU/CLIC), “Save the Cass” campaign;
Candy Udwin, (PCS/CLIC), PCS National Gallery dispute
Equity speaker , English National Opera
Chair: Tom Taylor, (Secretary, CLIC).
* (b) Equalities*
Speakers: Giovanni Bienne, Chair of the Equity LGBT Committee
Antonietta Torsiello, artist
Dave O’Brien, Goldsmiths University and lead “Panic” survey - equalities in
the culture sector
Mike Jackson, Lesbians &; Gays Support the Miners
Chaired by Zita Holbourne, (artist, PCS NEC / Black Activists Rising
Against Cuts BARAC).
*(c) Art &; Protest: Art as a weapon*
This session will look at how art &; creativity can be used in political and
campaigning activities and reflect how the Show Culture Some Love campaign
can learn from those experiences.
Jess Worth &; Danny Chivers, Art Not Oil
Ellen Clifford, Disabled People Against Cuts
Bob &; Roberta Smith, artist
Samia Malik, artist
Chair: Hayley Hare, Artist Union England
*(d) Defend the arts: No to cuts, closures & privatisation*
This workshop will look at the growing crisis developing in relation to the
reduction in arts spending and its impact on cuts to local art programmes,
closures of cultural venues and the increasing involvement of the private
Speakers: Greg Childs, (Children’s Media Foundation)
Jamie Pullman, Organiser for the Musicians' Union
Rob Waters, PCS rep at V&A Museum
Julie Ward, MEP, Labour Party
Chair: Jane Perry, BECTU president
*(3) Closing Session – 15.30-17.00*
This will receive feedback & proposals from the workshops and provide a
summary of the day – including taking forward the Show Culture Some Love
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FPS has always maintained high standards with strict selection procedures for its exhibitions at a variety of fine venues including the Mall Galleries, the Barbican, Bankside Gallery and many others.
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