A Change in Weather
A Change in Weather
No Format gallery, SE London
Residency 6-16 August
Preview night 17 August
Exhibition 18-22 August
A Change in Weather – Seasonal Art Ecosystem is a residency that wishes to investigate and discuss the physical, social and institutional role of the art gallery. During the first two weeks, artists Eleni Odysseos and Paul Gaudet will be residing at No Format, taking over the space. After sharing a studio for a year, they are now coming together in a collaborative approach, to further explore the limits of painting, and social installation-making. Through imaginative story-telling, the paintings will slowly unravel in a cacophony of voices, overlapping bodies, confusing the timeline of a reliable present.
Eleni Odysseos (born in Famagusta, Cyprus) is currently completing an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London (2018). Her paintings, often shown on their own or accompanied by an audio piece, explore isolation, control, abjection, tales of leisure and consumerism, hierarchies and our relationship to our bodies. Dying birds, muddy backgrounds, suggestive landscapes, decaying flowers, deteriorating bodies, domesticated dogs and flamboyant flamingos act as signifiers that, when positioned together, generate abstract tales where time and space collapse. This is her way of exploring meaning-making in response to our current global reality of confusion and chaos, generating disarrayed narratives that refuse the production of a collective assumption, an act of resistance in an information-driven society. www.eleniodysseos.net
Paul Gaudet (born in U.S.) received a BFA in painting at Massachusetts College of Art in Design (2013) and an MFA from Goldsmiths College (2018). With his work he tries to capture the essence of memory and story telling. Due to the constant flow of information through social media and multiple news sources, the way we understand information and construct narrative is continually changing and more often than not incomplete. In these gaps of completion, it allows any one person to fill in the space and create the narrative for themselves which breeds a generation of post truth and fake news rhetoric, allowing for ignorance and falsifications to be perceived as truth.
co-curated by Oana Damir and Tea Gradassi
Oana Damir is an independent curator based in London. She founded Vagabond, a mobile project space, and self-funded and curated several exhibitions within the platform from 2014 to present. As part of her academic research, Oana is questioning the intersection of art and animal studies, and if contemporary art can bridge the gap between aesthetic form and resolution. This is a strand of her long-term research project of investigating anthropocentric implications in contemporary art. Oana is currently undergoing an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Tea Gradassi is an Italian curator that has recently moved to London. In the past years, she worked for Premio Combat Prize and collaborated with various art festivals. She curated the solo exhibition of Alessio Zemoz, Because My Name is George.Tea has always been interested in the contamination between past and present, tradition and innovation. Her current research is focused on investigating the use of craft in contemporary art practice, both from anaesthetic and sociological point of view.