Abstract Possible: Interior Reflections
22 November, 6 – 8.30pm
6 – 6.30 Film screening of ‘Unnamed’ (2011) (2 parts 17 min) by Yelena Popova
6.30 – 7.15 Yelena Popova artists’ talk, followed by q&a
7.15 – 8 Joanne Masding & Flore Nove-Josserand in conversation with Elinor Morgan, followed by q&a
8- 8.30 Repeat of Yelena Popova’s films
Yelena Popova’s video ‘Unnamed’ (2011) (2 parts 17 min) tells the dark story of radioactivity from secret Cold War nuclear disasters. ‘Particulate Matter’ (2012) (8min), a video produced after her Red Mansion residency in Beijing, reflects on pollution and the production of coal in China and the UK. For this event Popova will talk us through this new piece, her decisions in making it and their possible implications as well as contextualizing this work by showing previous installations and works.
Popova’s talk will be followed by an in-conversation between Flore Nove-Josserand and Joanne Masding, two ESP members who are currently presenting the first Flatfile exhibition at Eastside Projects, ‘Abstract Possible Cabinet’. Corresponding across distance, Masding and Nove-Josserand have used the space of Flatfile as an experimental meeting point. The artists have developed new three-dimensional and screen based works through an iterative process, considering the physical presence and qualities of Flatfile as an object and a gallery. Through this discussion, which will be chaired by ESP Programmer Elinor Morgan, the two artists will bring to light other elements of their practices and discuss the collaborative process of making ‘Abstract Possible Cabinet’. Masding and Nove-Josserand have used Flatfile as a mechanism to begin a conversation about collaborating and intend to work together again in the near-future.
Flore Nové-Josserand (b. 1980, Paris. Living and working in London.) Recent exhibitions include ‘俺たちの愛情で世界中を燃えあがらせてやる。やりまくるぞ。’ at Angus-Hughes Gallery, London; ‘The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition’, The Royal Academy, London; ‘London-Munich/Home’ at Cul de Sac Gallery, London and Geflitter+Partner Architecten, Munich. Recent projects include ‘Group Occupation’ at the New Art Gallery Walsall, a month-long residency and ‘Space’ at Casa Rocha-Cito, Malinalco, Mexico and Casa Vecina, Mexico City, Mexico, a practical research workshop and conference.
Joanne Masding (b. 1985, Birmingham. Living and working in Birmingham.) Recent exhibitions include ‘The Possibility of an Island’ at Grand Union, Birmingham; ‘Open File: Temporary Sites (a proposal)’, at MK Gallery, Milton Keynes; ‘Rotate: Eastside Projects and Grand Union’, at The Contemporary Art Society, London and solo exhibition ‘Horn’ at Vinyl, Birmingham. Other recent projects include residencies, Joanne Masding at Meantime, Cheltenham and ‘Group Occupation’ at The New Art Gallery Walsall. Masding has been selected for a Standpoint Futures residency in January 2013.
Yelena Popova (b. 1978, Urals, Russia. Lives and works in Nottingham) Yelena graduated from MA Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2011. Recent solo shows include ‘Invites’, Zabludowicz Collection, London (2012); ‘Unnamed’, Figge von Rosen Gallery, Berlin (2012). Recent group exhibitions include ‘Red Mansion Prize’ 2012, ‘Twofold’, Outpost Gallery, Norwich (2012), ‘Bloomberg New Contemporaries’ 2011, S1 Space, Sheffield, touring to ICA, London; and ‘New Sensations’ 2011, Victoria House, London. Forthcoming group shows include ‘Russian Show’, Saatchi Gallery, November 2012, ‘Gaiety is the Most Outstanding Feature of the Soviet Union’, Saatchi Gallery, London, November2012 and ‘The futures of the past’, Annette Amberg, Asier Mendizabal and Yelena Popova, Kunstraum Riehen, Basel, May 2013.