Rachel Pimm & Eva Fàbregas
Curated by Kirsty White
Preview: Thursday 29 September 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition continues 30 September – 28 October 2016
Closing party and edition launch Friday 28 October 6-9pm
Open Friday and Saturdays 12 – 6pm, and Sunday 2 October only. Admission free
Systems of Displaying Matter is an exhibition by London-based artists Rachel Pimm & Eva Fàbregas. It is conceived specifically for Enclave Lab, and uses the project space as a enclosed cavity or cell, with which to experiment with volume, viscosity and magnetism.
At the heart of this investigation is the two artist’s interest in the material composition and gravitational forces that shape common experience. It seeks to foreground these natural phenomena, and asks each artist to respond to the space and each other’s work in close proximity.
Formally, Systems of Displaying Matter draws inspiration from ‘cel animation’, a technique of hand-drawn animation in which the moving figures are drawn on transparent paper or celluloid plates (cels) and laid over static background drawings. This is evident in the series of large-scale geological prints installed one-in-front-of-the-other, and designed to be viewed from outside the space’s large exterior window. The completed tableau is visible only from out-with the gallery, creating an illusion of depth and volume that is unfulfilled by the interior of the installation.
Both artists are attracted to animation as a space of suspended reality, in which it is possible to abolish the laws of physics and set in question the values of the everyday. Fàbregas in particular has deployed this potential in previous works, imagining alternative or future possibilities to current norms. In her animation The role of unintended consequences (Sofa Compact) (2016) the component parts of flat pack furniture are separated and activated, becoming a system of interweaving units that have agency without the need of human interaction.
In a similar vein Pimm’s practice focuses on the organic interaction between so-called ‘man-made’ materials and ‘natural’ elements. She is interested in material histories, and her works often move beyond the surface qualities of substances to tell stories about their previous existences.
Supported by Enclave and MFA Curating, Goldsmiths. Part of Art Licks Weekend 2016
EVA FÀBREGAS (born 1988, Barcelona) is a London-based artist. She is a graduate of Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, and the Universitat de Barcelona. In 2011, she received the Visual Arts Grant from the Botín Foundation, being the youngest artist ever awarded with this international prize. Recent solo shows include The stuff that surrounds us, José de la Fuente Gallery, Santander (2016); How are you feeling today?, Window Space (Whitechapel), London (2015); Unforeseen changes, The Green Parrot, Barcelona (2014); Eva Fàbregas & Andrew Lacon, Kunstraum, London (2014); Homeless abstraction, Plazaplaza, London (2013), among others. Recent group exhibitions include Scissors Cut Paper Wrap Stone, CCA Derry-Londonderry (2016); Generación 2016, La Casa Encendida, Madrid (2016); Hotfixes, Avalanche, London (2015); Bienal Leandre Cristòfol, Centre d’Art La Panera, Lleida (2015); The Cabinet of beauty and culture, Houserules, London (2015) and Futurs Abandonats, Fabra i Coats Centre d’Art, Barcelona (2014), among others.
RACHEL PIMM (born 1984, Harare) lives and works in London. Pimm received an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2013. She lectures Fine Art at Arts University, Bournemouth. She co-founded the artist-run project Auto Italia South East in 2007 and since 2012 has worked collaboratively with MoreUtopia! Her work has been included in recent programmes at the CCA Glasgow (2016); Chisenhale Gallery, Hales Gallery, Royal Academy, Serpentine Gallery, London (all 2015); Zabludowicz Collection, London; South London Gallery, London; Enclave Gallery, London (all 2014); Auto Italia, London; SPACE, London; Can Felipe, Barcelona (all 2013); Milton Keynes Gallery; Ibid Projects, London; and The Architecture Foundation, London (all 2012). In 2015 Pimm was shortlisted for the Converse X Dazed Emerging Artist Award. Forthcoming projects include a solo show at Jerwood Space and a collaborative film with Tate Modern’s Education department in July 2016.
KIRSTY WHITE (born 1989, London) is a curator based in London. She is currently completing an MFA Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London. She studied BA Fine Art, at Curtin University, Western Australia, and was an invited scholar at École Nationale Supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris, in 2009/10. In March 2016 she presented a site-specific commission Crystalline Vitrine with artist Richard Müller at the Swiss Church in London, and as a result of this exhibition was invited to join the Church’s art committee. From 2014 to 2015 White was Exhibitions Officer at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. In 2013, as Temporary Assistant Curator at Inverleith House, Edinburgh, she delivered Mostly West: Franz West and Artist Collaborations (2013) and Dan Colen: The Illusion of Life (2013).