Stuart Cumberland
Rachel Kneebone
Ian Kiaer
Adam Gillam
Karin Ruggaber
Francis Upritchard
Roger Hiorns
The Way We Work Now

22 July - 11 September 2005

Artists include: Stuart Cumberland, Rachel Kneebone, Ian Kiaer, Adam Gillam, Karin Ruggaber, Francis Upritchard, Roger Hiorns

Presenting seven artists interested in the stuff from which art is made, this exhibition tests the temperature and textures of current art practice. The exhibition includes painting, sculpture, installation and animation by both emerging artists as well as more established names.

The Way We Work Now brings together contrasting practices in which divergences are as important as connections. The artists share a playful curiosity about the transformation of materials, a kind of ‘thinking through making’. Their inspirations range from anthropology, architecture, craft and art history.

The gestural abstraction and simple shapes of Stuart Cumberland’s paintings revisit and refresh 1950s modernism, whilst Rachel Kneebone’s delicately crafted porcelain figures combine traditional references – 17th century Meissen figurines or Bernini’s marble sculptures – with the unexpected. Ian Kiaer’s carefully arranged groups of objects are shown alongside Adam Gillam’s handmade wooden structures, in which painting moves away from the wall into three dimensions, and Karin Ruggaber’s sculpture combining tactile surfaces and architectural form.

Francis Upritchard’s anthropomorphic adaptations include new sculptures made in Camden Arts Centre’s Ceramics Studio and are presented in a theatrical installation in the Central Space. Finally, Roger Hiorns shows a group of new photographs alongside a series of ceramic sculptures which spill foam onto the gallery floor.