Rooted in Limbo
7-15 October 2017
Closing event: Friday 13 October 6-9pm
Mask making with The Big Draw Festival Living Lines: Sunday 8 October 1-4pm
Gallery hours Saturday and Sunday 1-6pm
All other times open by appointment.
"Dearest Father, On Sunday we had the most frightful dust storm we have had yet. It began at 6pm and advanced just like a huge wave and was as thick as a London Fog though not so obscure. In half a minute everything was smothered with dust and one couldn’t see three yards in front even if one had been able to open one’s eyes."
Fuller collection, South Africa, 6 February 1900,
King’s College London Archives.
Making audible the voice of a migrant, a speaker of other languages, this exhibition brings together the past, in the form of archival research about military conquests of the world, with the absurdity of the present and all its cast of colourful characters. These visual descriptions from loved ones writing home from abroad, led to an interest in pattern and a discovery of how marine artists during WWI painted unique complex patterns of geometric shapes on ships in an effort to trick and obfuscate. Similar dazzle patterns are used on the walls of the gallery to mislead and disrupt, making it difficult to estimate a target’s distance, speed and direction. Rooted on the ground are animated and floating plastic bags, the kind you can still get free from street market stalls. The bags are covered with taped masks, these garish characters are reminiscent of Saul Steinberg’s paper bags, yet you could not comfortably wear one without fear of auto-asphyxiation in today’s climate.
Ilga Leimanis is a London-based visual artist working in drawing and painting, with an interest in archives and identity. Long term collaborations include working with Doreen Wittenbols as Ortelius Drew and with Bidisha Sinha as Architecture of Conversation.
Ilga is founder of a monthly London drawing group Drawn In London, her practice in drawing includes education, research and writing.
Masks in Limbo Sunday 8 October 1-4pm
Drawing and mask making, animating and performing. Come and make masks using lines and shapes as part of the Big Draw Festival.