POND: A Joint Exhibition by Anna Reading and Diane Chappalley
Anna Reading and Diane Chappalley present a joint exhibition of new works created during their 2 months as Artists in Residence at Academy for Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University. The exhibition POND gives a platform to the artists shared interests in transitional spaces, distorted perception and artificial environments.
Reading’s practice comprises sculpture, animation and performance with the works often combined as mixed media installation. For POND Reading imagines a physically animated space through sculptural encounters, mixing handmade fabric organic forms with structural interventions realized in materials sourced from Hong Kong, in which the body’s position in relation to human built landscapes is dissected.
Chappalley’s painting arises from sensory experiences: the synthesis and stimulation of new and past perceptions. Her practice is a constant search in the making; a search guided to reach a sense of known, but one that is not quite possible to pin down. For POND, Chappalley presents a series of landscapes where meaning lies beneath the surface, foregrounding emotion, while perception is disrupted.
In POND two approaches to material and making sit together in a complementary and contrasting dialogue. Emerged in a multi dimensional presentation, space is depicted in layers, reimagining the navigation of landscape.
About Anna Reading
Anna Reading (b. Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, 1987) lives and works in London and is a graduate of MFA Sculpture, Slade School of Fine Art, University College London (2017) and BA (Hons) Fine Art, Central St Martins, University of the Arts London (2010).
Reading recently held the position of Artist in Residence at Non-Space, Aarhus, Denmark. She was the recipient of the Siva-Finestone Scholarship, Slade School of Fine Art, London (2015-2017) and winner of the Creekside Open Award, London (2015).
Recent exhibitions include; LOOP, Lubomirov / Angus Hughes, London (2017), Object 77B, LG London, (2017), Sequin in the Dustrag, Non-Space, Aarhus, Denmark (2017), And To Dust All Return, UNNAWAY, Huddersfield, UK (2016) and Five Minutes, The Koppel Project, London (2016).
Diane Chappalley (b. Gruyères, Switzerland, 1991) lives and works in London. She graduated from MA Painting at the Slade School of Fine Art in 2017, where she was awarded the Herbert Seaborn Memorial Scholarship for high achievement and the Olive Prize. She completed her BA (Hons) at City and Guilds of London Art School in 2015, where she was awarded the Chadwyck-Healey Prize for Painting.
Recent exhibitions include: Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize, Mall Gallery, London (2017); London Exceptional, The Collyer Bristow, London (2017); Marmite Prize for painting V, Block 336, London and Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda, Ireland (2016); Imagine if that said, Safehouse II, London (2016). Upcoming exhibtions: FBA futures 2018, Mall Gallery, London (2018); Detour, Chelsea Waterside Art Space (2018)