Be Smart About Art

Be Smart About Art visits 'Illuminating Geometry' at Gallery 286

Networking - Art - Discovery

Date: April 28, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - April 28, 2017, 9:30 p.m. UK time (see time converter)

Location: Gallery 286 | 286 Earl's Court Road | London SW5 9AS

Nearest tube: Earl's Court

Speakers: Susan J Mumford

Price: Members go free | Non-Members 8.50 GBP early bird (to 27 March), 10 GBP full ticket inc on-the-door

#besmartaboutart networking is a monthly opportunity to meet artists, curators & other peers, to view exhibitions and spaces, and to expand knowledge - creative and professional alike. 

In April 2017, we're heading to Gallery 286 near Earl's Court to see 'Illuminating Geometry', presenting works by Aphra Shemza and Delfin Ortiz, curated by the artists themselves. 

We're delighted to head to Gallery 286, conceived in 1996 by Gallery Director Jonathan Ross and his wife Camilla Shivarg, a painter and sculptor. Presenting contemporary art in a private house setting, exhibition spaces include the ground floor gallery which provides a 'traditional gallery' feel, a more contemporary space in the basement, and a sculpture garden situated behind the building. Presenting between 8-10 exhibitions on an annual basis, Illuminating Geometry caught the eye of BSAA Founder Susan Mumford, noting the piece displayed on this event page, Totems 1.1-1.V, by Aphra Shemza.

About the Event:

With arrivals starting at 6.30pm, all attendees will be invited to browse the exhibition as well as talk with fellow visitors as well as Jonathan and Susan. Approximately half way through the event, Susan will facilitate a Q+A with the exhibiting artists, who will provide insight into the exhibition and their creative practices. This will be followed by a brief conversation with Susan, who wil provide three top networking tips. The event will finish at 8.30pm. 

Note that arrivals are welcome at anytime during the event, between 6.30-8.30pm.

Ready to go? Book your ticket on this page, and we'll look forward to seeing you there!

About the Exhibition:

Illuminating Geometry marks a timely coming together of two artist peers Delfin Ortiz and Aphra Shemza. Having studied Fine Art together at university some years ago, the artists often shared ideas and collaborated to produce performative pieces. Both sharing a keen interest in geometry, technology and light, their interests result in a shared aesthetic. In the last five years both artists have been exhibiting and creating new works in London and this exhibition is the result of these years of exploration. Although each artist has been following their own path, the fundamental elements that make up their work remain unchanged. Therefore the power of their combined visual language is clearly visible.

Both artists use many different mediums to produce their work.The multidisciplinary approaches to their art practice highlight the importance for the flexibility of artists working in this technological age.Their works speak to one another through the use of bold abstract compositions, strong lines and reference to past modernist aesthetics.The use of mirrored material and illusion is key in both artists’ work, allowing an added dimension and engaging the viewer’s own visual perception.The machine-made ne lines and angles are juxtaposed against natural and organic materials. Both artists having a need to create a harmony between the old and the new, nature and technology, modernism and the contemporary.

The exhibition is curated by the artists themselves and promises to be a real feast for the eyes; think colour, illusion, geometry and light. There is something for everyone!

About the Artists: 

Aphra Shemza is a London based media artist. Since graduating in 2012, Shemza has exhibited widely in and around the capital, often showing work with Lights of Soho and Kinetica Museum. Her work has been featured in a number of publications and press, most notably, GQ Magazine,Tate Etc and Time Out. In 2016 she completed two public commissions: one for the Canary Wharf Group in One Canada Square, Canary Wharf and another for Champagne Louis Roederer, which was exhibited in the Shangri’La Hotel, in the Shard, London until January 2017.

Delfin Ortiz is a Spanish born artist and designer based in London. He is the co-founder of Create Space London, a creative charity set up North West London. His work has been shown in exhibitions and festivals in London, Budapest, La Rioja, Porto and Zaragoza. He had his first solo exhibition in 2014 and has shown on multiple occasions with Kinetica Museum.

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