As a rejection of traditional mediums, Amponsah’s practice is concerned with the revival of existing imagery through detailed collage techniques.
To support his parallel Bloc Billboard commission, ‘In The Age of Everything, How Do We Create from Nothing?’ will encourage participants to explore themes of love which extend beyond the canons of family, age, community, race, gender and hierarchies – in an approach which privileges everyday commodities as materials with limitless creative potential. Following an artist’s talk, the workshop will focus on teamwork and acceptance, having been designed by Amponsah to create a social space which celebrates creative inabilities and technical restrictions.
Larry Amponsah (b. 1989, Accra – Ghana) studied Painting at the Royal College of Art, after partially studying for a Masters in Painting at Jiangsu University in China, he also received a BFA in Painting at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. Amponsah’s practice engages with the politics of imagery, utilising collage as an ongoing methodology to explore both representation and painterly possibilities.
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We are delighted to present the work of London based artist Larry Amponsah as part of our prestigious Bloc Billboard programme. Larry will be the first artist to present work as part of the 2019 programme and will be presenting his work on our new billboard located alongside the gallery on Eyre Lane.
Larry Amponsah (b. 1989, Accra – Ghana) is a contemporary artist interested in space and pushing the idea of collage making as means or platform through which he achieves his artistic ends. Larry received his Master of Art in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London, after partially studying a Master of Fine Art in Painting at Jiangsu University in China, as well as gaining his BFA in Painting at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi.
His practice investigates the way images are made and the politics of imagery. Working through painterly possibilities that can be contained in a figure and the spaces in which bodies exist, he aims to solve the unresolved questions of representation in art.
For her exhibition at Bloc Projects, Joy Labinjo will be developing an entirely new body of work that will push her practice as a painter into new territories.
Labinjo’s new body of work continues to pursue recurring themes including identity, the complexity of familial relationships and what it means to immortalise characters through the application of paint. However, this experimental commission will present previously unexplored production methods and conceptual thematics.
The exhibition will provide a starting point to consider current and very pressing conversations around identity, peoples perception of others and how do our collective experiences bring us together or push us apart.
A public programme of events will accompany the exhibition and will be announced shortly.
Joy Labinjo was born in 1994 in Dagenham, UK and is currently based in London, UK. Her recent large-scale paintings depict intimate scenes of contemporary family life: a group of people casually lying down on a sofa and chatting after a family gathering, a child and his grand-mother posing together in front of the camera, or stolen moments before the official wedding portrait. Taking inspiration from family photographs, Labinjo transcribes her personal imagery into a bright and vibrant composition of colour and patterns. Having grown up in the UK with British-Nigerian heritage, Labinjo questions our idea of belonging and notion of identity. She invites us to rethink it as more fluid constructions taking into consideration both past and present, personal and collective subjectivities.
Labinjo was awarded the Woon Art Prize in 2017. Recent and forthcoming exhibitions include: Gallery North, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2018); Cafe Gallery Projects, London, UK (2018); Bonington Gallery, Nottingham, UK (2018); Goldtapped, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2018); Morley Gallery, London, UK (2018); Baltic 39, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2017); Hoxton Arches, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2017); The Holy Biscuit, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2017); FishBowl space, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK (2015); XL Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK (2013).
This commission has been generously supported by Arts Council England and The Elephant Trust.
The Social Art Summit (socialartsummit.com) was an artist-led review of socially engaged arts practice in the UK, held in Sheffield in November 2018, and convened by Social Art Network. By convening practitioners from around the country to share practice and discuss ideas, the Social Art Summit explored what it means to be making art through social engagement right now.
In the run-up to the event, a series of monthly meet-ups were held in Sheffield where the Summit will take place in November 2018. Post-summit, groups have started meeting elsewhere in the country, and the Sheffield group will restart its meetings in January, to provide a regular meeting place for those interested in social practice and socially engaged art.
Aimed at artists, activists, community groups, curators, students, academics, funders and wider sectors working in the social realm, the Social Art Network aims to develop agency in the field of art and social engagement and test the ground for launching a Social Art Biennale in 2020. In the nearer future, we are working towards a ‘think-tank’ event to take forward learning from the Summit. This event will take place at Tate Exchange in April.
If you are interested in being part of the discussion leading up to the event, come along to Bloc Projects on Wed 3rd April.