Winners of The Whitechapel East End Academy Studio Award mix it up in Prop group exhibition

By Mark Sheerin | 02 July 2010
A paper model of a jumbo jet cockpit apparently crashed

(Above) Christopher Rollen, Clipper Maid of the Sea (2010). Image © Mark Sheerin

Exhibition: Prop – An exhibition by the winners of The Whitechapel East End Academy Studio Award, The Hollywell Centre, Phipp Street, London, until July 4 2010

Six winners of East End studio space have made a strong case for similar schemes making more affordable space available to London-based artists in the future.

Their end of term group show is varied in media but consistent in quality. And as the name suggests, it would not be possible without the support of Whitechapel Gallery.

Prop also hints at the drama in some of the results. Clipper Maid of the Sea by Christopher Rollen is disaster movie model as made by the class of a Junior school.

His Jumbo jet cockpit, fashioned from paper and poster paint, is dented, torn and tossed on the floor. The cause of crash, along with the title, is an enigma..

It is easier to piece together a narrative from Bean Bags by Flora Whiteley. In this painting a young woman with arms and legs folded and a serious look

Her sadness may be attributable to a scene which she has been painted over. We can still make out the feet of a male and female couple who appear quite cosy on a sofa.

There is just as much tension in Charlie Franklin's work. With her cheaply-produced sculptures she has set out to combine minimalism with a rococo aesthetic.

Subterranean is a turquoise coloured box smeared with metal leaf. Looking at once like a piece of scrap and an item of treasure it raises questions about the value of art.

An abtract black and white pattern painted onto the pages of a book

Lady Lucy, The May Queen (2010). Image © Mark Sheerin

Ildikó Buckley presents a number of scenes, all of which show lonely, indeterminate places. Her work is a slide show called Meet Me in The Smoking Carriage.

The title is a paradox which sets all these photos in the past, just as the rotating slide projector is a near obsolescent piece of kit.

Meanwhile new technology would appear to concern of painter Harry Chrystall. His black and white panels, painted from a polaroid, resemble a grid-like web design.

But the fractured image tells a different story. A brooding, bearded figure looks out from a forlorn landscape. While the treatment says surface, the subject says depth.

Last but by no means least, Lady Lucy also plays with surface effects. One of her works is an improvisation in ink and paint over the pages of a 19th century cantata.

Forms echo notes. Whole pages are blacked out. Mad rings circle crochets and clefs. Character sketches ambush you. William Sterndale Bennett, the composer, would be horrified.

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