LONDON / BRUSSELS

London

Roman Road in association with Autograph ABP presents Even This Will Pass; a pioneering artistic venture by Eritrean-born, London based artist Aida Silvestri. Comprised of 10 photographic portraits, the exhibition tells the journeys of Eritrean refugees in their exoduses to find better stability and hope in the United Kingdom. With a unique and conceptual approach that preserves the dignity of her sitters, Silvestri blurs the portraits of the survivors, upon which she hand-stitches their routes graphically in coloured thread. Their corresponding paths are amalgamated together on a large map, highlighting the diverse and encumbered journeys they faced. Each portrait is further matched with an accompanying text, detailing individual experiences in a short yet poignant written passage.

Roman Road would like to thank Autograph ABP for their support in this undertaking and are delighted to announce the publication of a collaborative accompanying catalogue, which will feature an essay by Renee Mussai, Curator and Head of Archive at Autograph ABP. The artist will also be releasing her first book to be purchasable at the show. Even This Will Pass opens on March 12, 2014 and will be on display through April 26th.

Opening hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-7pm, and by appointment.

Thomas Mailaender will be signing copies of his new book SOTP, published by RVB BOOKS, at Offprint Paris on Sunday 17 November at 5pm CET.

 

OFFPRINT PARIS (stand RVB Books)

Beaux-arts de Paris

14 Rue Bonaparte

75006 Paris

The gallery in London is closed until March, but we are currently organising our upcoming Roeland Tweelinckx Borders and Perception show in Brussels at the Quincaillerie Vander Eycken, established in 1878. The exhibition opens on Wednesday 27 November, 6-9pm CET.

Follow our program for the upcoming events in Brussels and London.

Amazing review for Thomas Mailaender in the Aperture Magazine.

Roman Road Project Space is delighted to present The Night Climbers of Cambridge; a pioneering curated project by the contemporary artist Thomas Mailaender. The exhibition comprises of seventy-five original vintage photographs used for the correspondingly titled and renowned book by Whipplesnaith, a pseudonym for the author Noel Howard Symington, published in 1937. Mailaenders creative re-appropriation of these images fashions a second life for this body of work under a contemporary artistic milieu.

The question is: what attracted this artist, known for his entertaining and often impudent works, to this particular climbing venture from the 1930s. It may appear a seemingly odd choice but Mailaender is drawn to makeshift and amusing spoofs or events. Hence his admiration for the nocturnal climbers, who, during a depressed age in Britain, were flouting the authorities by ascending buttresses of colleges and town buildings around Cambridge. Such antics appeal to and fit his artistic bill perfectly.

By themselves, the photographs in The Night Climbers of Cambridge are striking enough, but this body of work comes into its own and resonates properly through Mailaenders accompanying methods of installation. For the first time the display room at Roman Road Project Space is painted black, instilling the exhibition with a sense of nocturnal darkness and giving prominence to the images of the climbers that cover the walls. Amongst the wall-mounted, framed and cascading pictures, climbing holds feature in the installation space, creating a route for the bravest audience members and reflecting the artists jocularity.

One of Mailaender’s great virtues is his ingenuity and ability to orchestrate fond objects through his work with unexpected monumentality and wit. Roman Road Project Space invites you to experience this artists newest undertaking on display through September 19th to October 20th 2013.

Exhibition continues until Sunday 20 October 2013

Opening hours: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-7pm, and by appointment.

BUOYANT, a group exhibition at Gallery 40, Brighton.

With Josephine Dimbleby, Mark McCullough, Sam Nightingale and Megha Rajguru.

Opening 26th August.

Exhibition continues until 31st August.

 

GALLERY 40

40 Gloucester Road

North Laine,Brighton

East Sussex, BN1 4AQ

The gallery is closed for summer.

We are currently organizing our first autumn project, The Night Climbers of Cambridge, curated by French contemporary artist Thomas Mailaender. The opening will take place on Thursday 19 June, 7-9pm.

We are proud to announce the release of Mark McCullough’s catalogue Actuations.

This was made possible thanks to the precious participation of John Patrick Hartnett and Jennifer Angus for the texts, and a valuable collaboration with Ditto Press, London, for the design.

Since the interwar period of the New Objectivity, photographers have turned their attention towards common objects and architectural spaces. With Actuations, a project presented at the Roman Road Project Space, London, Mark McCullough illustrates a new type of interaction between photography and his surrounding environment. According to McCullough, photography needs to be considered as a material form. Not only does the image analyse forms and perspective, but the support itself configures a sculptural role. Throughout all his works, sculpture and image interact in a creative dialogue.

His work collectively forms actuations: an on-going body of work at its current end-point. The term actuations refers to the number of shutter releases performed by the camera: the practice of collecting images is a fundamental point in Mark McCulloughs work, his works are all interconnected. The shutter release is the first step before selecting and printing images, it expresses what the mind desires to visualize. By using the camera, McCullough creates a link between his vision and the external world and produces a new vision on simple matters.

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David Welch’s Material World exhibition has now ended. The gallery will be closed for the next two weeks while we begin the exciting preparation for our second solo show, Actuations, by Irish artist Mark McCullough. The opening will take place on Thursday 6 June 2013, 6-9 pm.

Roman Road Project Space is pleased to announce the release of David Welch’s catalogue and accompanying portfolio on the occasion of his Material World exhibition, which opened on 21 March 2013 and will be on show until 18 May 2013. Material World is part of an on-going series in which Welch, influenced by Karl Marx’s theory of objectification, seeks to expose the concepts of consumption and mass-production in relation to our contemporary society. In addition, Material World is the first solo exhibition catalogue for David Welch and for Roman Road Project Space.

The catalogue is a 32-page book, illustrated with all 13 images from the exhibition, design by Ditto Press. As part of the catalogue, an essay by Jennifer Angus attempts to explore this relationship while simultaneously considering the role that photography itself plays in our consumer culture.

In addition to the catalogue, a portfolio of 14 prints has been produced in an edition of 25.

Both the catalogue and portfolio are on sale now at Roman Road Project Space in Bethnal Green, London.

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Great review for David Welch in Hound Magazine as we prepare for his opening of ‘Material World’ next week at Roman Road.

David Welchs Laundry Totem, 2011 was put up at auction for charity at SNAP! 2013 Toronto.

David Welch is an American fine art photographer. His work explores social issues, and uses large-format photography steeped in conceptual influences from art history and economic theory. David was recently selected by Louise Clements to be part of the FORMAT 13 Festival in Derby, England. In 2012, he was named one of the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward winners, and in 2011 he was selected as one of Photolucida’s Critical Mass top 50 photographers. David is a recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he earned his MFA in photography. He lives and works on the Island of Martha Vineyard.

Brussels

Saturday 26 April, 5-7pm
WIELS, Centre d’Art Contemporain
Avenue Van Volxem, 354
1190 Brussels
Belgium

 

Roman Road Publishing is pleased to announce the publication of Cyanotypes, a comprehensively illustrated book of cyanotype prints by the contemporary artist Thomas Mailaender. Realised during the past year of his practice, the images in this finely printed volume designed collaboratively by Ditto Press and the artist, explore and bring together Mailaender’s new artistic venture: the cyanotype process – one of the first photographic printing methods in the history of photography.

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Roman Road is thrilled to present Future Perfect, an exhibition by the Italian artist Emanuele Becheri hosted in the former headquarters of the renowned Solvay group in Brussels, Belgium. It brings together works on paper from the series Affreschi (2012-2013) as well as works derived from the 2010 series Impressioni, including a triptych composed by two Stampa su Affresco su Impressione (2013) and Affresco su Impressione #6 (2010-2013). The show does also display more recent works such as Proiezione (2010-2014), Still Life #1 (2010-2014), Still life #2 (2010-2014) and a video realised in early 2014.

Emanuele Becheri’s Future Perfect is the second exhibition organised by Roman Road’s Brussels branch; a platform dedicated to promoting a new generation of artists through the shaping of bold and challenging projects. The exhibition is on display through February 20 to March 15 and ends with the closing performance by Emanuele Becheri and musician Massimo Carrozzo. The pair will be improvising music on a film made silent. The unprecedented soundtrack will then be engraved on a vinyl as a testimony of one unique and definitive gesture: the result of the exhibition as an itinerary.

 

EX-SOLVAY HEADQUARTERS
Rue du Prince Albert, 44
B-1050 Brussels
Private view Wednesday 19 February 2014, 6-8pm
Exhibition continues until 15 March 2014
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday, 11am-6pm and by appointment

Roeland Tweelinckx is part of ‘The Logic of Things’ a group show with artist Clary Stolte and Alain Biltereyst at Galerie c. de vos.

Opening 24th November

Exhibition continues until 22 December

 

GALERIE C. DE VOS

Oude Gentbaan 295 – 297

B-9300 Alst

Roman Road is delighted to present Borders and Perception, the first solo show in Brussels by Belgian artist Roeland Tweelinckx. The exhibition comprises a series of site-specific interventions together with minimal and participative works that ensue from the artist’s interaction with the impressive Quincaillerie Vander Eycken building, established in 1878.

Whereas inattentive or passive viewers may overlook the understated yet multifaceted elements of the show, perceptive ones will stumble upon one or more ingenious encounters. Dissolved in their environment and in an almost undetectable manner, Tweelinckx’s in situ works prompt an intimate and individual experience. Caught in a dialogue between the space and the added, the viewers’ perception and understanding of mundane visual representations will most certainly be flummoxed. Visual expectations are overthrown by this ‘space between’, a complex spatial composition which generates a forceful sense of absurdity and impossibility.

In a society that is overtly stimulated through visual language, Tweelinckx’s unique artistic approach succeeds in influencing the spectator’s experience and pushes the boundaries of our perception. The phenomenological blurriness he orchestrates acts like a surprise and a proposition in tandem. Albeit viewers may individually decide upon the depth of their experience of the interventions, Tweelinckx’s works possess a poetic and jovial aesthetic, generating questions and encouraging even the most erudite art enthusiasts to look again.

Roeland Tweelinckx’s Borders and Perception is the inaugural exhibition of Roman Road’s Brussels branch; a platform dedicated to promoting a new generation of artists through the creation of group shows and initiatives of a larger scale than in our London project space.

 

QUINCAILLERIE VANDER EYCKEN

Rue du Viaduc, 66

B-1050 Brussels

Private view Thursday 27 November 2013, 6-9pm

Exhibition continues until 7 December 2013

Opening hours: Monday – Saturday, 10am-6pm and by appointment

Each year throughout the summer months, the beautiful town of Knokke is host to NIGHTSHOP; a creative platform fashioned in a spectacular villa located opposite the Casino at Nellenslaan 134. This renowned event organised by Delphine Bekaert and Jan Hoet Junior (aka IETS), offers visitors a place to experience innovative works or projects by selected galleries, designers, and cultural organizations during the evening hours of 5- 11pm. NIGHTSHOP is definitely an occasion not to be missed for those with a passion for the arts or simply for a place to experience culture with a cosy aperitif in a beautiful location on the Belgian coast.

What is more, during this years edition of IETS enterprise, Roman Road Project Space (RRPS) is delighted to be participating from August 1st – 18th. Presenting a collection of works from its inaugural and second exhibition, this partaking offers those who missed the East London displays, a chance to experience the latest creations from the fantastic contemporary artists Mark McCullough and David Welch. Not only will this venture allow us to bolster the talent of these emerging artists, which is a central part of RRPS raison d etre and mission, but it also offers a suitable opportunity to introduce Roman Road to the artistic stage of Belgium.

But it does not stop there. Marisa Bellani, founder of RRPS has formed a creative collaboration with Emilie De Pauw, the new director of Roman Road Brussels (RRB) with the intention to create pop-up events around this Western-European country, particularly in its capital, the city of Brussels. In actuating a platform that will foster interaction amongst our new generation of artists, this innovative project aims to harness fresh talent through group shows, in addition to galvanizing the artistic scene in the city.

Coming to Brussels in October 2013, this is only the beginning of this artistic adventure.

We hope to see you there!

 

NIGHTSHOP

Jozef Nellenslaan 134

B-8300 Knokke-Heist

Thursday – Sunday: 5 – 11pm

Opens July 12 to September 1, 2013