This exhibition shows the work of two highly original talents, Georgina and MaximLarry Amponsah. Each artist creates rich and complex relationships in their work by means of image or texture, colour and unexpected juxtapositions. Like summer itself their work offers the promise of a season that will bring something new and fresh whilst still being rooted in the histories, travails and triumphs that have passed in seasons gone. This is an exhibition about looking to the future... one that suggests it will be bright indeed.
Georgina Maxim lives and works in Zimbabwe and her work is deeply rooted in visual art and craft traditions from that country. Combining weaving, stitch work and the utilisation of found textiles, she produces meditative and stunningly beautiful objects imbued with life and love. In some ways each work is a tribute to and reflection upon the person from whom the original garment that serves as the basis for the work emanates. Through laborious, time-consuming and skilled sewing these garments are charged with the artist’s own energies, thoughts and meditations to become objects of meaning and embodied knowledge.
Larry Amponsah draws upon his knowledge of cultures and locales as diverse as Ghana, China and the United Kingdom (not to mention utilizing images sourced from the universal World Wide Web) to create large-scale juxtapositions of found fragments of popular culture. These new and blazingly fresh imaginaries speak of the world we live in today: fragmented, funny, tragic and somehow unreal yet lived. Amponsah is like the trickster figure who holds up a mirror to us and we see ourselves reflected in his culture-clash of diversity and dissonance.
The Summer Show provides a platform for young artists to show their work in London and for the gallery to invite new talented creative practitioners to display their artistry in this context. In turn this gives an opportunity for an international audience to see fresh and innovative work that they are unlikely to have seen. In this exhibition both artists offer us a window into the world we live in, whether quiet, domestic and personal or loud, outgoing and futuristic. One thing is clear in seeing their works together: summer is coming in.
Image credit: Georgina Maxim Garden, 2017 Mixed media textile 122x97cm (Courtesy the artist and Sulger-Buel Lovell)