Grove Sq. Galleries makes a daring entrance on London’s artwork scene
Launching throughout Frieze Week with a present by artist Christopher Kieling, new gallery Grove Sq. Galleries is dynamic, collaborative and forward-looking
Frieze Week may be going forward with out the standard fanfare surrounding its Regent’s Park tents (although the ever-popular sculpture park is continuing as common), however there’s nonetheless trigger for celebration as various galleries are wanting ahead and boldly carving out new areas in London – amongst them a model new enterprise, Grove Sq. Galleries, launching in Fitzrovia.
Heading up Grove Sq. Galleries is artwork director Serena Dunn, who will oversee a dynamic exhibition and talks programme along with an impartial artwork advisory service. And whereas the Covid-19 pandemic has created a precarious set of challenges, Dunn has a assured outlook. ‘As a brand new house, it’s an thrilling alternative to assist create the brand new norm with out the bags of “how issues have been achieved prior to now” – we haven’t needed to unlearn outdated habits.’ As an alternative, she explains, there’s a chance to ‘forge a brand new path’.
Sierra_D4, 2020, by Christopher Kieling. Courtesy of the artist and Grove Sq. Galleries
The world has modified radically since Dunn acquired the keys to the Fitzrovia house in February. Galleries are pivoting in direction of on-line viewing rooms and establishing hybrid platforms to attach audiences with their artists. ‘The overall transfer inside the artwork world to an emphasis on digital has additionally opened up varied avenues, and we genuinely consider that if a brand new gallery can open and achieve success throughout this time, we’re right here to remain,’ she says. ‘Whereas the tactic of sharing [our artist’s] tales could have modified, our compulsion to take action hasn’t. The pandemic has brought on a major downside for lots of artists, and we expect supporting them is extra essential than ever.’
‘As a brand new house, it’s an thrilling alternative to assist create the brand new norm with out the bags of “how issues have been achieved prior to now”’ – Serena Dunn
Grove Sq. Galleries will open with a solo exhibition by artist Christopher Kieling, comprising new works created throughout lockdown in his Berlin base. The work, Sierra – named for his girlfriend and muse – advanced out of a collection of figurative research on the seashore the artist had been engaged on instantly earlier than quarantine. ‘I revisited these research and located a solution to seize my new circumstances by eradicating my protagonist from an open setting and inserting her right into a confined one which extra intently resembled my new actuality,’ Kieling tells us.
Christopher Kieling in his Berlin studio. Courtesy of the artist and Grove Sq. Galleries
The work are tinged with a heady sense of nostalgia: Sierra languidly reclines in retro one-piece swimsuits, evoking ‘a notion that has change into pretty synonymous with the lockdown – eager to be someplace’, displays the artist. ‘Our surroundings was lowered to the partitions and objects in my residence, so we (and the canine) explored methods so as to add complexity to my compositions. Drawing on [Hungarian mathematician] Pólya’s paper on crystallography and deep-diving into tile and wallpaper design, I constructed a system of intricate geometric patterns so as to add a way of symmetry to every piece.’
Citing the Euston Highway College of painters and MC Escher amongst his inspirations, Kieling works with a mixture of acrylic and oil mediums to create his compositions, utilizing the previous to sculpt his protagonists at ‘layer by layer at excessive tempo’ and imbuing them with a fluid high quality. ‘Oil serves because the distinction,’ Kieling provides. ‘The textural butteriness retains every little thing in place, including weight to stability out the composition.’
Sierra_S_32_V_2, 2020, by Christopher Kieling. Courtesy of the artist and Grove Sq. Galleries
The Central Saint Martins graduate joins a global roster of rising and mid-career artists at Grove Sq. Galleries that features Elena Gual, Marc Standing, Crystal Fischetti, Tao Han, and Harry Rüdham. Dunn provides: ‘When searching for new artists, our standards is easy: artists who’ve a novel voice, a narrative to share, and a need to achieve a collaborative setting.’ §