“Time & Tide” is a dialogue between the two distinctive artistic practices of Piera Costantini Scala and Agnes Poitevin-Navarre who both explore themes of departure and choices in this Parlour Room exhibition.
Costantini Scala’s photographic series of yogic postures in an abandoned Italian silk factory investigates the notion of transcendence beyond the (physical) interior space within the (spiritual) interior space. Her photographic journey echoes visual references of the Vitrusian Man and the oculus of the Roman Pantheon. She skillfully plays with light and shadows, stillness, rhythm and directions. Beyond the walls of a bygone era, new metaphorical silk roads are to be created.
In her large drawing “The Three Graces”, Agnes Poitevin-Navarre bridges mythologies, stories and archetypes of the old world and the new by composing distinctive yet inter-related cartouches based on a photographic collage. She oscillates between depth of fields both vertically and horizontally. The inverse markmaking in the foreground creates and blocks the negative space within a golden ratio of the drawing. In the middleground, a seascape metamorphoses into a mountain-scape before a sea of youthful faces from the American Dream is sketched and fixed in time in the background.
Opposedly placed in the Parlour Room, the blueness of “Murmur II” echoes part of the limited palette of Costantini Scala’s photographic series. The voyage is imminent.
The “Murmurs” series is an invitation to contemplation, to dream beyond a luminous limited palette that is restfully blue. The loose sketchy marks evoke ephemeral forms that can be read in a myriad of ways.
The large oil canvases invite you on a journey to delve into your own imagination.
The latest instalment of the Colour Coding series focuses on the labelling of a man’s character and his legacy. The 45th President of the United States… Obama. It stems from Martin Luther King’s speech “they will not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character”.
Please contact Agnes on Facebook if you wish to be added to the list of Friends of the Parlour Room. The exhibition space will shortly host a series of new oil paintings to be viewed by appointment only. A program of exhibitions is also currently being developed for small group shows or trialogues.
“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” ~Dalai Lama
The unveiling of this new body of work was supposed to happen today.
However the exhibition has had to be postponed.
Right now, it doesn’t feel like a’ wonderful stroke of luck’…
But it will…
A new version of the Proustian Map project focusing on London has (unofficially) started today with the first Proustian responding to the questions:
What is your greatest achievement?
What dream(s) have you yet to fulfill?
What lesson has life taught you?
In order to participate, email the answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
It will still be anonymous and uplifting!
Do send me all details so I can invite you to the private view next year…
The work will be shown at the William Road Gallery in September 2015. I am aiming to get at least 500 Proustians from all over London, from as diverse background, ethnicity and creeds to share their achievements, dreams and wisdom to this anecdotal new map.
I am currently working on a new body of work, a series of paintings
as well as prints.
I am also researching various artists and recent art graduates in
order to promote them. The vision is to create a sort of collective
to exhibit their work, invite them to perform, give artist’ talk and engage
with each other in artistic monologues, dialogues, trialogues,
quadrilogues in the parlour room of my house.
This development stems from the Fellow Artists Fellow Muses ethos
that I explored in the exhibition at the Royal Geographical Society and
at King’s College, Cambridge, a few years ago.