Exhibitions At Solaris

Nigel Green: 'Radical Architecture of the Immediate past'.
Preview Saturday 3rd November 6pm to 8pm.

Solaris and Photo Hastings are delighted to present an exhibition of new work by Nigel Green.

This exhibition is a collaboration between Solaris and the Photohastings photo-season; the result of an open call to Ph members. It is an exhibition of new work from an ongoing series of architectural and topographic photographs around Nigel Green’s long-term focus on the legacy of utopian modernism.

The photographs have been taken in the U.K, Belgium, Serbia, Poland and France. The images largely document buildings from the 1960s and 1970s. This work reflects diversity in architectural experimentation driven by the ideological aspiration in social and collective thinking. The architecture reflects local or vernacular concerns and coalesces around a shared set of societal principles, radically different from those of the present.

Green states, 'The buildings and sites that I photograph function as indicators of an uncompleted project, the future oriented goals of a utopian and socially committed thinking, which as Owen Hatherley states, represents ‘a moment of social democracy".

Exhibition runs until 1st December.
Nigel Green Telecommunications Building, Paris
Nigel Green: Telecommunications Building, Paris
Becky Beasley - Bouquets (2007-2018)
Preview Saturday 8th September, 6pm to 8pm.

Solaris is to proud present, Bouquets (2007-2018), a print studio collaboration with artist Becky Beasley.

In 2007 I bought a big bunch of peonies which I photographed at home on the dining table amidst whatever happened to have gathered there at that time. Always piled high with personal and professional items, my domestic table reflects like a diary and these still-lives are of the flotsam and jetsam of my own domestic life. The flowers formed both a focal point, but also a ruse for the wonderful promiscuity of photography; capturing everything within frame, starting with everything rather than nothing.

Like many, I like peonies with their short, abundant flowering season in late May. I repeated the activity the following year and so it became annual, charting the changes in both personal and working life. From early on I conceived it as a long-term project from each year of which I would make a single, unique print.

Over the twelve years of the project to date I lived in Berlin and then Antwerp, before moving to St Leonards in December 2010. The photographs I chose to work on for this project include three from my time in St Leonards: the first quite bare as I had only just moved into my house and was just starting working on what would become my touring exhibition, Spring Rain; the second, of hydrangeas, an oddity within the series, was taken the summer Steve and I fell in love. His parents’ garden– they are not gardeners— was lined on all sides only with hydrangeas, which flower each year without tending. I filled the house with those flower heads that summer and, in that delirious mood, made an exception to my series. The last is the most recent, shot a few weeks ago, on year-old film stock which suited my mood at the time.

Becky Beasley, St. Leonards on Sea, August 2018


Becky Beasley has produced a pair of posters from the series. These are £50 each available on request from Solaris and limited to the festival period only. The posters have been typeset by designer Sara de Bondt.

Becky Beasley (b. 1975) is an artist who lives and works in Hastings, England. Beasley’s work has been featured in solo exhibitions internationally including, Tate Britain, Serpentine Gallery Pavilion (live work), Spike Island, Leeds City Art Gallery, South London Gallery (live work) and Towner Art Gallery. Group exhibitions includes Bluecoat, Liverpool; Whitechapel Gallery, London; Kunstverein Munich, as well as three Arts Council Collection touring exhibitions, In a dream you saw a way to survive and you were full of joy, curated by Elizabeth Price; British Art Show 7: In The Days of the Comet and Structure and Material (with Claire Barclay and Karla Black).

Exhibition runs until Saturday 29th September.
Becky Beasley Poster
Solaris Summer Exhibition
Preview Saturday 28th July, 6pm to 8pm.

Solaris are delighted to present their annual Summer Exhibition. This year's show features prints by artists: Caroline Achaintre, Hermione Allsopp, Becky Beasley, Rowan Corkill, Brian Deighton, GXJacques, David Henderson, Dan Howard-Birt, Patrick Adam Jones, Garth Lewis, Michelle Mildenhall, Albert George Moore, Kim L Pace, Nicholas Pace, Laurie J Proud, Carly Ralph, Sophie Shaw, Shuby, Geraldine Swayne, Eleanor Taylor, Peter Waldron, Walter & Zoniel, Rob Weatherburn. All works in this exhibition are printed by Solaris.

Exhibition runs until Saturday 1st September.
Albert George Moore, Dreams
Dreams - Albert George Moore
No Man's Land
Preview Saturday 2nd June

Solaris presents an exhibition of photography, installation and drawing which explores distinctively different artistic visualisations of intangible and imaginary ‘spaces’. Four artists, Andrea G Artz, Godith Hawkins, Anne Parfitt and Rob Weatherburn grapple with some of the fundamental existential oppositions which have teased human understanding from time immemorial - image versus body, memory versus realisation, life versus death, and time versus timelessness. And in between each, there is No Man’s Land.

Exhibition runs until Saturday 7th July. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Andrea G Artz, detail from Ghost Weight
Andrea G Artz detail from Ghost Weight
Mario Rossi 'It's A Front'
Preview Saturday 28th April

It’s a front is a series of watercolour sketches of cafes, bars, restaurants which are all named after the title of a film. In the tradition of watercolour as a medium for topographical and landscape painters, of the eighteenth century and as an accepted accomplishment for the educated classes, these sketches offer a journey recording the details of specific sites and places. Originally made en plein air and on location, the images are sourced now from the internet, with watercolour perhaps the most appropriate medium akin to the low-resolution of the digitally-sourced images. Here is a Grand tour of the café fronts, all named after films from across the globe.

Restaurants and bars are often the first sign of an emerging community within a foreign location. The choice of name is often poignant and telling: romantic, pioneering, nostalgic, full of hope. The name conjures up associations in all of us and unites in common experiences, however different or strange the distance between us. It’s a front connects to the idea of diaspora and displacement. The displacement between the chosen name and the reality of the place: the displacement between a film title and the canopy of a café; the displacement perhaps of an emerging community: a displacement with the way cinema allows us to project a sense of who we are or what we might become.

It’s a front continues the artist’s sustained engagement with image streaming across media and forms and includes the painterly mock-up of a café canopy The Thief of Bagdad, originally commissioned by Cornerhouse in 2010 with a sketch for a proposed second canopy To the Shores of Tripoli.

Mario Rossi lives and works in London and Hastings. His work is held in many private and public collections: Arts Council England, The Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh, Victoria and Albert Museum London, and the Saatchi Gallery London. Recent exhibitions include: Now, Today, Tomorrow and Always, Towner Eastbourne. Fine Art Society Edinburgh, The End (reprise) Canal Projects, London. Knock Knock, Jerwood Gallery. UnSpooling: Artists and Cinema, Cornerhouse Manchester.

Exhibition runs until Saturday 26th May. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Mario Rossi image
It's A Front - Mario Rossi
Kim L Pace - Solo Exhibition
Solaris is proud to present an exhibition of works by artist Kim L Pace.

“…wherever the human mind is healthy and vigorous in all its proportions, great in imagination and emotion no less than in intellect, and not overborne by an undue or pre-eminence of mere reasoning faculties, there the grotesque will exist in full energy.”  John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice, Vol 3 The Fall, 1886

Kim L Pace creates distinctive visual fictions that are often both playful and grotesque. The figures that inhabit her works are not specific individuals, but rather allegorical figures that represent aspects of the carnivalesque. She draws from a diverse range of references and artistic influences, from contemporary subcultures to Arcimboldo, Dada and Svankmajer, to produce unexpected and enigmatic narratives. Rather than simply appropriating found material, the artist creates her own unique content, which frequently revolves around a series of invented characters.

Kim has had more than 20 solo exhibitions internationally; she has also been included in numerous group shows. She originated the touring exhibition ‘Cult Fiction, Art & Comics’ for Hayward Gallery London, and has received 30 awards for her work - including four artist fellowships and several residencies in the UK, USA and Norway. Currently she lectures in Contextual Studies/Sculpture at Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL.

Kim is included in the forthcoming anthology ‘The Inking Women’, 250 years of women cartoonists & comic book artists, published by Myriad Editions, 2018. Her upcoming solo exhibition at Danielle Arnaud Gallery London (21st April – 19th May 2018) extends the grotesque motif even further: her new sculptural works are surprising, feral and funny.

Exhibition runs until Saturday 14th April. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Kim pace image
Strange Encounters (Pink) 2017
Toby Tatum - A World Assembled
Solaris is proud to present the debut print exhibition by film-maker Toby Tatum. A World Assembled presents a series of limited-edition Giclée prints of images from Toby Tatum’s films, covering a period of his work dating from 2011 to 2017. Solaris invites you to consider these mysterious creations, to peer into an enchanted realm of magic flowers, lost gardens, secret grottoes, cranial caves, secluded groves and fiery chasms. Visit a world transformed by the shaping spirit of the imagination.

Toby Tatum's films have been shown at film festivals and arts events worldwide, including the BFI London Film Festival, Chicago Underground Film Festival and Rotterdam International Film Festival. Several of his films are distributed by Collectif Jeune Cinéma. He is also a two-time recipient of the Swedenborg Film Festival best film award.

Exhibition runs until 3rd March. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Monsters
Monsters V - Toby Tatum
Geraldine Swayne - Hell Of A Time
Geraldine Swayne’s work is powerfully suggestive and mysterious. Like film stills, people appear on the verge of action, isolated in an atmosphere that is often tense and emotionally heightened, but the wider narrative is obscured. Scenes are often awkward, haunting, sexy, bizarre, or amusing – maybe all at once. The source material for her imagery is diverse, from personal photographs to pornographic magazines, yet the works often share an oblique narrative that allows the viewer to project their own story.

Geraldine has exhibited in numerous shows, including her 2017 Solo exhibition at the Fine Art Society, Mayfair. She has also been a finalist in the John Moore’s painting prize and awarded a live / work residency at Acme Fire Station, East London.  Solaris are pleased to be showing recent paintings and limited edition prints - printed by Solaris and hand finished by the Artist. Exhibition runs until 31st December 2017
Girl from Faust by Geraldine Swayne
Girl from Faust - Geraldine Swayne
Alexander Brattell - Saccades
Alexander Brattell is an artist, commercial photographer and lecturer. His pictures document the sensation of seeing, fixing moments of heightened awareness in a search for resonance beyond subject matter.

Digital prints by Solaris Print from 11”x14” silver gelatin optical prints. Exhibition runs until 28th October 2017.
Work by Alexander Brattell
Alexander Brattell
Lucinda Wells - In Search Of The Real: Lucent
Lucinda Wells began taking photographs from a single window vantage point overlooking the sea in 2012. Shooting only at night she directed her camera at the streetlights obstructing the open space of the sea and sky to reveal incidents of light phenomena that continued to appear and mutate in a symbiotic process of observation and reflection. Taking over 16,000 photographs she focused on the aberrations that most photographers seek to limit and avoid, light, as form and revelation has become the subject of Wells’ interest and investigation. (Nigel Green)

Exhibition runs until 30th September 2017.
Work by Lucinda Wells

Solaris Opening Exhibition
This show includes prints by Hermione Allsopp, Becky Beasley, Paco de Quesada, Gerard Hemsworth, Alexandra Drawbridge, Anne Parfitt, Patrick Adam Jones, Kim L Pace, Nicholas Pace, Colin Booth, Mario Rossi, Nick Snelling and Geraldine Swayne.

All the works featured in this opening exhibition are printed by Solaris. Exhibition runs from the 5th to the 26th August 2017
Work by Nicholas Pace
Image by Nicholas Pace