• Olu Ogunnaike

    London Plain

    31.10.202006.12.2020
    Cell Project Space presents London Plain, an intervention by London-based artist Olu Ogunnaike. Staged during an interim period whilst the exhibitions programme has been postponed, Ogunnaike has been invited to consider the gallery at a time when it would have otherwise continued to be temporarily empty.
     
    For his new commission, Ogunnaike pinpoints the exact location of the lumber from seven London Plane trees that were felled on High Street Kensington in 2012. This common hardy species abundant in the capital’s urban roadsides is often uprooted to the point of exhaustion. Speaking of the constant cycles of consumption and flux in the city, London Plain alludes to a moment when the anticipation of physical encounters in public space conflicts with a need for periods of withdrawal and pause. 
     
    Taking trees as repositories of memory within the places and communities in which they grow, Ogunnaike cites wood as a marker of possible encounters; both past and present, between people and the spaces they inhabit. Interested in our composite identities, Ogunnaike presents the changing materiality of wood to expose residues of potential narrative, tracing a moment when a tree is uprooted from one geographical place to another; a story, which inextricably is linked to community, labour and the transaction of exchange.
     
    Olu Ogunnaike is currently exhibiting in ‘Memory Game’, at Villa Lontana, Rome. The first episode from his film series ‘Drives’ was presented at Tate Modern, London as part of ‘ELC TV Dinner Episode III’. Solo exhibitions include ‘Nutrition for the Next’, at Jupiter Woods, London, (2018) and Let Me Just Put My Face On, Greatorex, London (2016) with selected group exhibitions in 2018 including  ‘...and their tooth, finest gold’, Les Urbaines, Espace Arlaud, Lausanne, ‘The Share of Opulence;Doubled; Fractional’, Sophie Tappenier, Vienna, ‘Le Colt est Jeune & Haine’, Doc, Paris and ‘The Way Things Run: Loose Ends Don’t Tie’, PS120, Berlin. Ogunnaike participated in the residency programme ‘Formerly Called’ at Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge in 2018 and ‘The Conch’, South London Gallery in 2017.
     
    Due to social distancing measures, the gallery can accommodate six visitors at one time. 
     
  • Carolyn Lazard

    14.01.202128.02.2021
    As quarantine and public isolation have focused on the debilitating effects of staying at home as an irreducible condition that is bound up with the fabric of capitalism and societal infrastructure, Lazard reflects on their 'everyday', as the potential of contamination is becoming a universal concern.
        
    “My practice develops from the position that accessibility is not supplementary, but should be the very foundation and grounds for how we navigate the world. I am a disabled artist whose work is informed by my experience living with multiple autoimmune diseases. As a chronically ill person, I pass as able-‐bodied. The invisible nature of my disability has led me to create work that engages constructions of legibility and visibility. My work begins with the impulse to document my life in biomedical purgatory. Chronic illness is often seen as a private matter or a hyper‐personal misfortune. It is rarely viewed as an experience deeply embedded in structures of power and meaning. As such, documenting chronic illness destabilises the separation of public and private spheres” 
     
    Cell Project Space will present a new body of work by Philadelphia-based artist, Carolyn Lazard, for their first UK solo exhibition. Initially scheduled to open in April, Lazard is developing new works in the wake of the exhibition’s postponement due to the pandemic. As a point of departure Lazard points towards a dependency on, and entanglement with the built environment and proposes to reflect on the invisible and lingering politics and effects of post-industrialisation and its relationship with care.
     
    Carolyn Lazard's current solo exhibition, SYNC, at Essex St Gallery, New York runs until October 17th 2020.  They have participated in group exhibitions at Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France (forthcoming); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio (forthcoming); Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany; Gebert Foundation, Rapperswil, Switzerland; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Cell Project Space, London, UK; Whitney Biennial, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; Contemporary Art Centre (CAC) Vilnius; SALTS, Basel, Switzerland; Galerie Francesca Pia, Zurich, Switzerland; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Shoot the Lobster, New York, New York; The Kitchen, New York, New York; New Museum, New York, New York. In 2021 Lazard will have solo exhibitions at Cell Project Space, London UK; and Kunstverein Braunschweig, Braunschweig, Germany. In 2022 they will have a solo exhibition at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.
     
    ref:
    [Hosted at the artist’s home in 2016, over a one-day period, Lazard performed ‘Support System (for Park, Tina and Bob'); an on-going durational work that encountered Lazard lying in bed while selected participants visited the artist. Each visitor was required to bring one bouquet of flowers to mark the transactional act of emotional labour]
     

    [Hosted at the artist’s home in 2016, over a one-day period, Lazard performed ‘Support System (for Park, Tina and Bob'); an on-going durational work that encountered Lazard lying in bed while selected participants visited the artist. Each visitor was required to bring one bouquet of flowers to mark the transactional act of emotional labour]


     
    published by Triple Canopy (2019)
     
    published by Cluster Magazine (2013) 
     
    Commissioned by Recess (2019)
     
    Developed with the generous support of Cockayne & London Community Foundation, and Arts Council England