Tess Charnley is a curator and art writer based in London.

Experiment | Control

Blyth Gallery, Imperial College

Work by Alex Gough, Guy Marshall-Brown, Sara Naim and Katie Pratt
Curated by Tess Charnley
Preview: 20 November 2018, 6-9pm
Exhibition: 21 November 2018 - 5 January 2019

Experiment | Control explores the overlap between art and science and will take place in Blyth Gallery; an art space within a scientific institution. The space between deliberate gesture and chance reaction in artistic practice is examined in this mixed-media group exhibition. Work by Alex Gough, Guy Marshall-Brown, Sara Naim and Katie Pratt is featured, including new pieces responding to the exhibition’s theme. All four artists set up specific parameters which they then test and transgress. Their practices create dichotomies between what is in and what is beyond the artist’s control, and what is between and beyond the parameters that the artist establishes for her/himself. Experiment | Control invites the viewer to consider their position within the work, and how they choose to navigate the terrains and topographies of the works as semi- choreographed by the artists, through both deliberate gesture and chance reaction.
Alex Gough is a painter who makes his own paint from acrylic binder and gesso and uses domestic items to manipulate the paint and control its reactions across the surface. His Wilderness in Paint series 'explores an expressive and instinctive method of painting which pays attention to paint and surface on both a macro and a microscopic level.’
Guy Marshall-Brown is a ceramicist working in response to his materials, unlimited by the typical associations between ceramics and utility. In his Collapse Series, the kiln is the tool of his experimentation, causing ‘semi-predictable alchemical states of flux.’ The work exists between the painterly and the sculptural in its exploration of how processes can have their own effect on a work.
Sara Naim’s Reaction series is produced by taking expired polaroid films and exposing them to light. She then dissects the results to creates high-resolution scans, resulting in a magnification of a chemical reaction. The work blurs the boundaries between the sculptural and the photographic, making the viewer question the juncture between the two mediums.
Katie Pratt creates abstract oil paintings that ‘progress from a chaotic beginning towards a meticulous, systemic order.’ Her practice begins with an initial gesture, paint thrown at canvas, and the work is then resolved through the implication of scrupulous rules devised by the artist.
Experiment | Control is accompanied by an events programme including a panel discussion between the artists and a lecturer from Imperial College on the 27th November 2018, and a workshop chaired by Alex Gough on the 28th November 2018. For more information please contact: tesscharnley1102@gmail.com.

Blyth Gallery
Level 5
Sherfield Building
Imperial College
daily 9am–9pm

Notes for editors
Blyth Gallery, curated by Mindy Lee, is an artist-run space for the creative exploration of ambitious visual projects. Located within Imperial College London, the gallery hosts a range of group and solo shows throughout the year.
Alex Gough completed his BA (Hons) Painting at Camberwell College of Arts and his MA Fine Art at City & Guilds of London Art School. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at GASK in the Czech Republic; the Helsinki Art Fair, and Block 336 in London, where he is Gallery Manager.
Guy Marshall-Brown is a ceramicist currently completing his MA at the Royal College of Art. He has recently exhibited at Galerie Handwerk in Munich, the Centre for Recent Drawing, and the RCA in London.
Katie Pratt completed her MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art. In 2001 she won the Jerwood Painting Prize. Her work has been exhibited world-wide, including at Galerie Peter Zimmermann in Mannheim and Jonathan Lasker, Patrick Heron, Katie Pratt at the John Hansard Gallery. In 2018 she was Artist-in-Residence at City & Guilds of London Art School.
Sara Naim completed her BA (Hons) Photography at London College of Communication and her MFA at The Slade School of Fine Art. She is represented by The Third Line in Dubai. Naim’s solo shows have taken place at Parafin, London and Hayward Concrete, The Third Line and The Pavilion Downtown, Dubai.

We are selling a limited edition of ten prints by the artists in an effort to raise funds for the exhibition. The funds raised by sales will go towards producing a publication to accompany the exhibition, increasing the legacy and educational potential of the four artists’ work, as well as the exhibition itself. For more information, click here.


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