We are proud to introduce the 9 New: DEFENCE Exhibiting Artists:

 
 
 
 

TOM BRANNIGAN

 

Tom Brannigan is a still life photographer based in the UK who works with analogue and digital processes. His interests lie in finding original ways to communicate strong ideas visually. For both his personal and commercial work, Tom uses photography, sculpture and installation to create works, sometimes infused with wit and humour, that make the viewer stop in their tracks and question what it is they are looking at.

Inspired by stories of families who made the fort their home in the 1950s and ’60s, I used objects from the archive to create anthropomorphic sculptures that stand as gatekeepers of this paradoxical space
 
 
  Untitled  : 2018 :  Giclée print.     @TOMBRANNIGAN

Untitled : 2018 : Giclée print.

@TOMBRANNIGAN

 
 

 

VICTORIA COSTER

 

London-based multidisciplinary artist Victoria Coster works with digital data, sound, sculpture, installation, drawing, photography, and moving image, among other media. With an interest in corrupting and excavating the DNA of images and objects, Victoria, whose work is driven by research, creates works that challenge our perceptions of self in relation to object, other and environment.

 
The works in NEW: DEFENCE explore ideas around destabilisation and the language of materials by looking at how digital data or objects behave when used in a way they’re not designed to be used.
 
  Scramble  : 2018 :  Video.    @V_COSTER

Scramble : 2018 : Video.

@V_COSTER

 

 

FELICITY HAMMOND

 

Felicity Hammond’s work encompasses photography, digital collage, sculpture, and installation through which the British artist questions the ways we construct, perceive, and experience the changing urban environment. In particular, her work considers the tension between the post-industrial landscape and what we might call a contemporary capitalist-driven utopia.

 
In Defence of Industry brings into focus the relationship between the industrial history of Barrow-in-Furness and the wider Cumbrian landscape, in particular, the area’s mining history and shift towards the nuclear industry during the
mid-twentieth century.
 
  In Defence Of Industry  : 2017 :  Pigment print, LED lightbox, safety blankets, pond, LED lighting.    @FLISSHAMMOND

In Defence Of Industry : 2017 : Pigment print, LED lightbox, safety blankets, pond, LED lighting.

@FLISSHAMMOND

 

 

LAURYNAS KARMALAVICIUS

 

Lithuanian-born artist Laurynas Karmalavicius works with materials that include wood, metal, and stone. Through his artworks he explores the dramatic characteristics of humans’ destructive approaches to the planet and towards each other. 

 
“An animal will attack because it feels threatened. It’s the same with humans. This work, which can be interpreted as an attacking bull, draws a parallel between animal and human behaviour in terms of responding to a perceived or real threat.”
 
 
 Defensive Animal : 2017 :  Steel, resin.    @LAURYNAS38

Defensive Animal : 2017 : Steel, resin.

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CORINNE SILVA

 

Corinne Silva’s practice is concerned with landscape as a complex interrelation of culture and geography, politics and botany, living beings and inanimate matter. The effect of human activity on land, geographic and political borders, migration and ecology are among the issues the London-based artist investigates in her photographic and video works.

 
I begin my quest in the Mediterranean. Taking a circular route, I make photographs of castles and watchtowers – collecting the earth where I stand, tracing pathways of power and longing, enacting the right to roam freely.
 
 
  Dalieh of Raouché, Beirut and Rodalquilar mine, Almería, Spain.from Rocks & Fortresses  : 2018 :  Digital photograph and earth pigment.    @CORINNE.SILVA.ROCKS

Dalieh of Raouché, Beirut and Rodalquilar mine, Almería, Spain.from Rocks & Fortresses : 2018 : Digital photograph and earth pigment.

@CORINNE.SILVA.ROCKS

 
 

 

DAFNA TALMOR

 

Dafna Talmor is an artist based in London. Her current primary focus is an ongoing photographic project, Constructed Landscapes, made from collaged colour negatives shot across different locations. This series engages with representations of landscape and playfully subverts its tropes and pictorial conventions through historical and contemporary references.

 
Photographing Coalhouse Fort’s surrounding grounds, re-configuring the landscape by embedding multiple views and obliterating any indication of the military structures that originally occupied this space, the collaged images will be presented as postcards, pointing to the re-packaging, repurposing and preservation of this now defunct fort as heritage site and tourist destination.
 
 
  Untitled (CF-1818181818-1)  : 2018 :  C-type print made from collaged negatives.    @DAFNATALMOR

Untitled (CF-1818181818-1) : 2018 : C-type print made from collaged negatives.

@DAFNATALMOR

 
 

 

ALASTAIR THAIN

 

Internationally acclaimed British photographer Alastair Thain is known for his dynamic and arresting large-scale photographic portraits, often shot with cameras he has made. His work is concerned with the construction and depiction of empathy through portraiture and inspired by Joseph Beuys’s belief in the healing power of art.

 
In response to the suffering I’ve witnessed, I began to make work that examined the cognitive underpinnings of the human condition. Having observed the consequences of a catastrophic collapse of empathy, I created work that explores notions of identity, the imperatives for power, and human beings’ subconscious desire for aggression.
 
 
  Untitled  : 2018 :  Mixed Media; Oil, Bone, Ash, Steel, Epoxy.    @ALASTAIRTHAIN.HM

Untitled : 2018 : Mixed Media; Oil, Bone, Ash, Steel, Epoxy.

@ALASTAIRTHAIN.HM

 
 

 

MICHAEL WHELAN

 

Photographic artist Michael is interested in humans’ complex relationship with the environment and how this plays out in individual and collective behaviour. Exploring the connections we have with objects, his work combines 2D and 3D processes as a means to dissect scale. Diverse topographic perspectives and human interaction also inform his practice.

 
Working with plastic waste found within an area of the Thames Estuary marked out on an old military map from the fort’s archives, the series explores how plastic exists like a scar on the landscape, visually suppressing the beauty of the surroundings.
 
 
  The Destruction of Former Generations  : 2018 :  Archival photographic prints, polyethylene, chromed polypropylene.    @MICHAEL_WHELAN_PHOTOGRAPHY

The Destruction of Former Generations : 2018 : Archival photographic prints, polyethylene, chromed polypropylene.

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SAMUEL ZEALEY

 

With an interest in the relationship between new technologies and environmental issues, British sculptor Samuel Zealey combines precise engineering with a material sensibility to create works that engage with and question issues of culture, technology, and sustainability.

 
This work is from my Folded Steel Plane series — a set of sculptures that explores the polarities between weightlessness and gravity. These scaled-up paper planes play with the material contrast between paper and steel.
 
 
  Crosswing  : 2017 :  Rusted steel    @SAMUEL.ZEALEY

Crosswing : 2017 : Rusted steel

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