Space Shift

Michelle Deignan

Martin Gustavsson

Yasmin Mueller

Julia Pfeiffer

Astrid Svangren

Private View: 19 April, 6 – 8 pm, 2012
Exhibition Dates: 20 April – 2 June, 2012

Celebrating the gallery’s two year anniversary, Maria Stenfors presents ‘Space Shift’, a group show where each of the gallery artists has been invited to exhibit new or recent works. The title of the show alludes to both the new gallery space within Wren Street, as well as the development in each of the artists’ practice since the opening of Maria Stenfors.

The new gallery space is located on the same floor as the current one and proposes a more defined exhibiting space, moving beyond the rough edges of the original space. Proposed for the new space is for the gallery room to stay as static as possible and for the art to change the space with it’s own character and difference. This challenge has been taken on by the gallery artists and we look forward to a dynamic year ahead.

To inaugurate Unit 10, we are presenting two new or recent works by each gallery artist. Each has worked independently in their production with their practice alone in mind. The instruction from the gallery has been to focus with his or her own integrity and to not consider how the artists directly relate to one another. By this method, this exhibition acts as a test of the programme and its cohesiveness. The exhibition is also an opportunity to showcase each artist’s individual development since their last solo exhibition with Maria Stenfors and brings a welcome interim connection between the gallery and the artist. With a purposefully flexible concept on the selection, this exhibition then gives space for the rhetoric of each artist’s practice.

Michelle Deignan – The beginning of the year saw the opening of ‘Spectral Metropole’, an exhibition at Vigalica Gallery, Ljublijana, curated by Ken Pratt and featuring work by Michelle Deignan.
This May will bring ‘Revolution’, a commissioned temporary public artwork by Michelle Deignan for ‘Bus- Tops’, a London 2012 Cultural Olympiad project. ‘Revolution’ is a month long episodic text piece written in the style of a film script, that will be displayed across 10 bespoke LED screens on top of bus-shelters spread across the city. Please see bus-tops.com for more information. Also having recently completed ‘Her Fanciful Digression’, a major new video work, Deignan’s practice will be returning to Maria Stenfors in June this year for an exhibition in collaboration with Matt Carter & Rosalie Doubal.

Martin Gustavsson – Since curating ‘Chase of Grace’, Martin Gustavsson’s recent group show at Maria Stenfors in January 2012, the gallery is delighted to announce that ‘In No Particular Order’, a series which began in 2010, will be exhibiting with FormContent at Eastside Projects, Birmingham, at the end of May 2012. The exhibition forms part of ‘It’s moving from I to It’, a 15 month programme by FormContent on visual language, abstraction, disappearance and the object.

Yasmin Müller – In October 2012, Yasmin Müller will present her second solo presentation at the gallery since the exhibition ‘Denim Cardin’, at Maria Stenfors in 2010.

Julia Pfeiffer – Over the past year, Julia Pfeiffer exhibited a selection of new ceramics at Galerie Desaga, Cologne. Her next solo exhibition at Maria Stenfors is scheduled for Spring 2013. For more information, please contact the gallery.

Astrid Svangren – Soon after Astrid Svangren’s spectacular first solo exhibition at Maria Stenfors, she will be featured in a variety of installations. In May, the Wanas Foundation will be unveiling a new outdoor sculptural work by Svangren at the sculpture park in Knislinge, Sweden. Artipelag, Stockholm, will also be featuring the artist’s work, followed by a solo exhibition at Tracy Williams Ltd, New York, in September 2012.

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