Today has been a day of collaborations with artist David Harker photographing staff members of the Kentish Town Health Centre, within which the Free Space Gallery is based and with my brain ticking over the up and coming launch of the new zine Conjunction Issue#0.
David Harker does not see himself as a portrait painter his work is about process and composition, layering of paints, he works on multiple projects at one time balancing ideas and working through ar an appropriate pace. His portraits are not just about likeness but they capture something of the individual, usually he chooses to depict acquaintances or people with whom he has some connection. Next April David will have an exhibition with Free Space Gallery and part of this exhibition will be portraits of people working in the health centre, this will be a great connection for him to build with the organisation and to see the portraits hanging in such a context. So keep your eyes peeled as his work develops I will keep you informed…
And so to
Conjunction Issue #0
Nicholas Wood enters the Free Space Gallery, all glasses and wringing of hands. Nick and I have been in contact via email but have as yet not met, so like at a school disco he has brought a friend with him who wears odd stripy socks and a woolly jumper. I stand conscious of the heat in the room and offer them red or white wine. And then forget who wants which.
Nick Wood is a fresh graduate of the University of Falmouth, a fine artist he sees his future as diverse setting himself his first challenge to launch the zine Conjunction.
The issue #0 of Conjunction will be on the theme of Judgement with which he seeks to provide a place for the content from inside people’s heads. A free space for people to express both visual and written feelings, he describes it as a place for ‘impurities, errors and chaos’ so we at Free Space Gallery believe we have found a kindred spirit with whom we would like to slow dance.
The launch night will only resemble a school disco in so much as we hope that partnerships will be formed and later on cemented, there will be no sticky coke covered floor or DJ Dave on the decks. Instead Nick tells me excitedly that he wants to make a big stew, fashion some chip board furniture and display his zine from an old style Lemonade stand.
So if you fancy going steady with Conjunction issue #0 and Free Space Gallery, hearing some poetry, and meeting some great young artists, get your glad rags on for Friday 28th October 6-9pm