TrashArt. Jan Eric Visser
10 March - 2 June 2018
Jan Eric Visser is an artist who sees the value and potential beauty in the waste from his household. Once it has served its original purpose, all the paper and card, plastic packaging and local newsprint which comes in through the front door, becomes transformed in his studio into sculptural forms.
The artist says, ‘Waste is the new gold…..’, contested and sought after for its increasing value to form new commodities.
Jan Eric Visser’s urge to make art comes from a deep understanding of the ways in which a form needs to occupy space. He is a sculptor creating extraordinary figures, hovering mysteriously somewhere between humanoid and abstract, utilitarian and purely aesthetic. His work is unusual not only in its quality of surface and colour, scale and shape. Its material presence is inextricably related to the ethics of its production.
In another place or context, the materials the artist starts with, common household waste, might be rubbish to be discarded without care, at best, recycled into another household product. But in Jan Eric’s world, it becomes part of another form of existence for artistic purpose. As art, Jan Eric Visser's work is part of a new kind of environmental politics.
In the industrial sphere, new artefacts created from former waste products can produce value, which challenges existing habits and norms, and helps us to make best and most economical use of limited resources. In the art-world, the same kind of action is like alchemy, changing base material into something more precious. In such a way, Jan Eric’s art is transformative
Upstairs at GroundWork
Henry / Bragg:
The Surrey Hills
10 March - 2 June 2018
The Surrey Hills, an audio-visual piece about a landfill site, toured worldwide in 2012/3 as part of the exhibition Wild New Territories; from London to the Teck Gallery Vancouver and then onto Berlin. In March 2014, the artists were invited by Film and Video Umbrella to show and talk about their work at the Media Space in the Science Museum London, in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Only in England.’
Artist duo, Julie Henry and Debbie Bragg had their first solo exhibition, Talent Show at the Anthony Wilkinson Gallery in 2000. Dyed in the Wool was a solo show at the Millais Gallery 2005, and in a group show Rundlederwelten as part of the cultural festival for the World Cup 2006 at the Martin Gropius Bau museum Berlin. In 2011, their Blooming Britain project, a study of people who enter gardening competitions, toured as a large scale outdoor exhibition at gardens around the UK, and was shown in 2014 at the Chelsea Flower Show.