Laura Buckley & Kim Coleman

PV: 8th April 2016 | 6 – 10 pm
9th April – 6th May 2016
Opening times: Thurs – Sat or by appointment

Polarised is a collaborative exhibition by Laura Buckley and Kim Coleman. Polarised has been developed during a seven week residency at Block 336 and is held in the main exhibition space.

If sunglasses expose our anxieties around seeing and being seen, Kim and Laura’s work, Polarised, draws this particular contemporary phenomenology into focus. In Polarised we are presented with lenses that alternately allow or block views into an installation, simultaneously reflecting and refracting projected moving image in a space, incorporating sculpture, lighting and sound. Here the artists present light as a form of control, with a role both in social and cultural posturing, as well as in the dynamics of looking and being looked at, riffing on the formal relationships and cultural connotations embedded into the shaded gaze. This is a work that destabilises the act of looking, one that forces us to see it in a different light. In Polarised Kim and Laura create a carefully constructed enterprise, a world of light and sound where our experience of it is electrifying.

Laura Buckley’s solo projects include EIGEN+ART Lab (Berlin), Site Gallery (Sheffield), Bold Tendencies (London), Supplement (London). Screenings include Hanger Bicocca (Milan), the Serpentine Gallery (London) and British Council & Film London International touring programme. Buckley has been shortlisted for the Converse/Dazed Award and the Jarman Award. Collaborative projects include a live performance with Paul Purgas at the Whitechapel Gallery (London).

Kim Coleman’s solo projects include commissions for Kings Cross Granary Square (London) and MSDOCKVILLE (Hamburg). Screenings include Talbot Rice (Edinburgh) and Minneapolis Film Festival. Solo projects with collaborator Jenny Hogarth include the Serpentine Cinema: CINACT (London), Frieze Projects (Frieze London), Glasgow International (Glasgow), and the ICA (London). She was a LUX Associate Artist and National Gallery of Scotland Artist Fellow.

The exhibition is supported by a-n The Artists Information Company

Pom Poms, Pods and Other Souvenirs: Elysia Byrd | PV: 13.5.16

On 13th May, Block 336 will present new work by resident studio artist Elysia Byrd. Between the bamboo stalks and saccharine-coloured fluffy ‘tree tops’, glimpses of painted worlds are caught. The painted worlds accumulate icons that seem to be sucked out of this world and then spat back out in different formations. The ‘trees’ stand like guardians of this imagined forest space that is made up of various anthropomorphic totems. Glossy mounds sit plumply between the thin bamboo shoots. All of these objects are waiting to be collected, cut down or copied and transported to the local tourist market where they masquerade as genuine.

The Marmite Prize for Painting

Block 336 is delighted to be hosting The Marmite Prize for Painting V in June 2016. The prize is now open for submissions. Deadline 20th March 2016. Entries will be subject to two stages, shortlisting for exhibition by the selection committee (by digital image), and subsequent judging (of works in person) by the judges. Shortlisted artists will be notified by 20th April when The Marmite Prize for Painting will make arrangements to collect the work from artists’ studios (UK mainland, Ireland and Northern Ireland only).Please click here for more information.


Venue Hire

Located in Brixton, South London Block 336 hosts one of the largest, non-institutional and architecturally unique spaces in London. Please note we are not a rental gallery and for this reason we do not hire the space out for art exhibition purposes.