[NetBehaviour] [Fwd: IMPROMPTU, 5th March 2009 6-10pm]

Ruth Catlow ruth.catlow at furtherfield.org
Tue Mar 3 11:34:54 CET 2009

From: luke brennan <lukebrennan76 at yahoo.com>


5-22 March 2009
Fri-Sun 12-5pm

Private View: Thursday 5th March
5-10 March - East Festival | Artists
in conversation - Saturday 7th
March, 1.30pm.

Schwartz Gallery introduces
IMPROMPTU the first exhibition in a
series of projects initiated by
Schwartz Projects, a new exhibitions
strategy which seeks out dynamic and
more flexible models of
exhibition-making in line with
current debates about curatorial
practice. The instigating premise
for IMPROMPTU stems from a critical
reaction to the first five
exhibitions at Schwartz Gallery
which followed more rigid
exhibition-making practices. The
‘group show’ model has been
re-worked by the absence of any
concrete theme for IMPROMPTU, a
month-long pre-exhibition period in
the gallery made available to the
artists to use as a studio and by
the fact that the artists have
largely never before met.

These strategies contest a multitude
of ingrained practices surrounding
the organization and staging of a
group show such as the relationship
between the artists, the
manifestation of their practice
which will in this case unfold in
real time in the space, the role of
the project’s curator and ultimately
the role of the gallery as a
‘holder’ of and ‘presentation
vehicle’ for contemporary art.
Notions of organisation in society,
institutional control and the
production and consumption of
‘culture’ are thus brought to the
fore and re-evaluated. The gallery
becomes a ‘lived environment’ in
which artists and curator improvise
their own respective practices in
response to the evolving group
dynamic. The practice of separating
ideas and activities into distinct
categories is tested in a
taxonomical blurring that draws many
accepted communication models into
A summary of the artists’
studio-time activity can be found at

The following information is meant
as a guide to each artist’s
respective practice and does not
necessarily constitute a statement
of intent for the work developed as
part of IMPROMPTU:

Luke Brennan’s work references the
many hybridized subcultures in
today’s world developed through
evolving ritual. The confluence of
these rituals, be they religious,
superstitious or social, provoke
him, his practice tracing the
evolution of ceremony - the way it
adopts and merges new practices,
incorporates value into an object, a
physical action or expresses itself
in architecture. 

Simon Head’s practice investigates
dimensional shifts that occur for
example when an abstract idea is
drawn in two-dimensions. This shift
is thought of by Head as the action
between two dimensions. The force of
this movement travels both forwards
and backwards, alternatively
referring to each dimension at an
interface of the

Rob Kesseler explores plants and the
way in which they migrate into every
aspect of our lives. His most recent
work reflects current thinking that
seeks to narrow the gap that has
grown between the arts and sciences.
The work lies somewhere between
science and symbolism, in which the
many complexities of representing
plants are concentrated into visual

Christina Mitrentse’s practice
exists as a type of laboratory where
the notion of interpretation and
cultural construction is
investigated. Mitrentse employs a
variety of techniques from crafted
sculptures to conceptual
appropriation alongside processes of
observation, collection and
curation. Her practice oscillates
between those of curator,
storyteller, collector and

David Murphy’s practice puts an
emphasis on places that lack
permanence, those located between a
present very solid existence, and a
certainty or probability that they
will soon disappear.  Generally
these are peripheral spaces,
islands, coastal areas, floodplains
– contested, edgeless territory
where the elements meet and morph.

Jonas Ranson’s more recent works are
derived from observations and
meticulous drawing of industrial and
historical architectural sources.
Hand drawn then manipulated and
assembled with digital software, the
final works represent
Utopian/Dystopian structures,
skeletal and cold, panopticons,
architectural systems for
surveillance and control. 


Schwartz Gallery

White Post Quay
92 White Post Lane
London , E9 5EN




Luke Brennan
07751 203 715

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