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BSO 2014

Filtering by Category: Exhibitions

Creative Debut, HM90 and how Art Society Soho went east...

Jessika Wahls

 Stopjectify being barely over, something else popped on my radar. Over the past couple of years, Instagram has provided me with a wealth of opportunities to say the least, and this time was no different. Creative Debut is a free global platform for the brightest creative talents, showcasing emerging artists and they also happen to be one of the Instagram accounts i follow.

Alex and Calum, are the names behind the brand and when they did a shout out that they are looking to collaborate with London Art Collectives, i didn't hesitate to casually drop them a note about Art Society Soho , the art collective i have been a member of since it's birth last year.

As it is with opportunities, this one didn't wait long to emerge and after chatting briefly online, i set up a meeting between the two of them  Martin, who runs ASS and myself, to talk about what exactly they had in mind. Shortly after , Martin and i  ventured off east to the Black and White Building at 74 Rivington street, which was to become the home for our first ASS showcase this far east.

We had a look at the venue during the launch of another art collectives exhibition and got excited about the possibilities a space as large as this one would offer us, so after a good look around and a chat with Creative Debut, we said yes, to what a month later became the hugely successful launch of our month long stint of the HM90 showcase of ASS members.

my inspiration for the shows theme came from a piece i originally  had planned to create as a collaborative work between myself and Hand & Lock , the embroiderers to the royal family, who hosted my solo show in their premisses in Fitzrovia the previous year. With time ticking away and Stopjectify absorbing most of it, it looked unlikely that we would be able to collaborate in time for her majesties birthday, but i still fancied the idea of creating a piece about the queen, which will eventually become a small piece of a larger project i have in  mind.

So when Creative Debut offered us the space for a launch in early may, i figured this could be the perfect opportunity and subject to create a show around. Martin agreed and HM90 was born.

The submissions of our ASS members came in and it became obvious that this show was going to be as diverse and interesting as it was cheeky, which was to be expected, given the nature of Art Society Soho.

With only a month to pull all of it together, Martin and i had our hands full, especially because the PV was coupled with the Whitechapel Galleries First Thursday  initiative which, to top it all off, even added us as one of 4 destinations of their 'art-walking tour'. So the pressure was on.

Once the day came all had fallen into place nicely, we had a massive turn out throughout the night, we had music by Dj Yoms and even a bit of accordion music by our member Tom baker.

To get a feel about the buzz of the night, i added some pictures to the Gallery below ( so you can see for yourself what you missed out on)

The show still runs until the 27th of April, so if you want to take a good look yourself, i suggest popping down there. It's really worth it, and yes, do take my word for it ;)

 

World Women's day~ STOPJECTIFY launch

Jessika Wahls

Looking back at everything, i can safely say that STOPJECTIFY has been my most ambitious project to date. Conceptualising, planning and realising, a video shoot, a crowd-funding campaign and eventually a group exhibition with 40 international artists turns out to be quite a lot of work for one person... Regardless of the obvious stresses, the actual exhibition was a roaring success, with a huge turn out of nearly 500 people just on the opening night, with many more coming to see the show during it's week long run.

Many minds have been inspired, many questions asked and answered, many artistic connections were made and in general, not even 3 month on, and many fantastic opportunities have come my way on the back of the exhibition.

A full list of the participating artists will eventually be made available on the STOPJECTIFY website (www.bigswingingovaries.com/stopjectify)  as an archival type space where you can learn more about each individual work as well as it's creator. I literally haven't stopped since the show finished so you will have to bare with me just a little longer for the updated version of the site.

For the time being i have provided a list with the names of the artists and links to their websites below:

Alexandra Drawbridge  Amy Kingsmill  Anne Bengard  Annique Delphine  Apple Tart  Arcane Sin Anastasia Niedinger

Badger and Winters #womennotobjects  Ben Hopper  Billy Chainsaw  Carmen Caro  Charlotte Baker

Chloe Stein  Diane Goldie  Glenn Fitzpatrick  HarlotVonCharlotte  Jess de Wahls  Josh Hunt

Karina Akopyan  Kirstin Barnes  Lena Trydal Lucie Rachel  Manolo Ty  Marie Louise Jones 

Marnie Scarlet Mia-Jane Harris  Mary Rouncefield    Michelle Mildenhall  Mr Hugo von Hugo

Niall Fraser  Rosaleigh Harvey -Otway

Sal Jones  Sophia Gardiner Sally Hewitt  Sarah Joy Ford  Sophie Parker  Tracy Satchwill

Vanja Karas  Wanksey  Yvonne Fueg

 

Seeing that the show was such a success and certainly helped stimulating conversations about objectification as well as much needed self-reflection, i think it would be a shame to retire it. So i have been looking into ways to get it traveling to Berlin next.

Originally i hoped to take it there this year, but as time progresses and more and more work lands in my lap, it looks rather unlikely that it will happen this year. However, i am quite actively looking into taking it there for next years world women's day and am trying to figure out ways to fund it without the painful process of yet another crowd-funding campaign.( i just don't think i have another one of those in me..)

All in all i am super happy with the result of my hard work and everybody that helped me put it all together. It's been a brilliant experience, and the great thing about doing something slightly out of your comfort one and pulling it off in the end, is that it's exhilarating and  slightly addictive.

So for the meantime, watch this space, as well as all the great pictures and even a little film ( curtesy of  Mr Farrukh Hyder) below, curtesy of the every so amazing Dafydd Owen as well as Richard Kaby. So long...

https://vimeo.com/159183745

 

 

Current Exhibitions, Group shows and other places you can see my art

Jessika Wahls

To start off, you can see 2 results of my recent love affair with Embroidery at the Espacio Gallery on Bethnal Green Road as part of the Sweet'Art Group show 'Y NOT'IMG_2163-0.JPG These 2 are part of a series of #bigswingingovaries hoop designs, which can be purchased alongside lots of other goodies at my soon to open Etsy store.

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Another group show happening very soon is called 'Rare Art' at the Menier Gallery, where you will be able to check out 2 of my most recent Retex Sculptures in the flesh as they say. 'Chimamanda Ngozy Adichi, we should all be Feminists' and 'Channeling the Great' are the pieces on show.

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A relatively permanent exhibit can be seen at my good Friends Tailoer Business 'Maurice Alteration Service' at 71 Endell Street, London WC2H 9AJ Just buzz yourself in and have a look;) So that's that for now, but be assured, plenty else is in the pipeline