Sea Road

As part of Coastal Currents and PhotoHastings, Andrea Artz, Alexander Brattell, Colin Booth and Karin have taken SEA ROAD, the title of their exhibition, as a metaphor for the work that will be on show.
My work in this show follows the gradual building up of litter in the Thames making its way to the sea. In this sense all rivers are sea roads.  I include, quite concretely, plastic detritus collected from the Hastings beach in the evening, left there and/or washed up from the sea.
The private view is on 22 September from 6 – 8 pm

Art at the Bridge #7 “Building Bridges, the Female Perspective”

Karin

Karin

Karin’s work Reinvented was selected by Tower Bridge in partnership with Southwark Arts Forum for this exhibition which took place at Tower Bridge in London for seven months in the spring and summer starting on 8th March 2016. Karin exhibited this work for the first time.

Art at the Bridge 7a

REINVENTED

This work brings together, in one created image, the history of the locality on the south-east side of Tower Bridge: The formal arrangements of the photographs reference the squares of Butlers Wharf, the bridge road and the structure of cranes that once lined the wharves. The travelling crane rails live on in the photograph of the cladding of a contemporary building in Shad Thames; the inserted photograph of a bollard, removed from the Thames wall as the locality reinvented itself, witnesses the maritime history of the area. Bringing together what seems separate or fragmented is, for me, a bridge to a deeper understanding, and using as my medium an ordinary photograph challenges what has merit.  For information on the exhibition click here.

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(studio shot)
Multiples of two photographs on sprayed MDF board
h 198 cm x w 103 cm
to be framed under glass

Private View

Private View

HAF Members’ Exhibition 2016

Karin exhibited at the Hastings Arts Forum Members’ Exhibition from 26th January to 7th February.  She showed one work that belongs to the Mill Cycle exhibited in solo exhibitions in London and the Bristol Watershed. The work was created from multiples of one photo taken in the P & O Spice Mill, Butlers Wharf, London, at that point threatened with closure and now defunct and luxury homes.

Studio shot of Industrial Poem

Industrial Poem
(studio shot)
Multiples of one photo on sprayed MDF board
w 86 cm x h 116 cm
to be framed under glass

Here are two pictures showing the work at the exhibition.

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IMG_2197The amazing hat in the foreground is by Caroline Morris, another HAF member.

Never Dark

A spontaneous exhibition for PhotoHastings 2015 in response to an unexpected gap in the Observer Building’s gallery schedule following A Sense of Place curated by Grace Lau and Andrew Moran.

Karin showed three works from her Mill Cycle last exhibited at the Watershed Gallery, Bristol.

SPICE, PAPER SACKS AND PALLETS
GUM IN PAPER DRUMS
HUB (MILLSTONE) AND PUDDLE (REFLECTION OF MILL BUILDING)

On Saturday 28 November at 6pm there were artists’ talks followed by a drinks reception and a live DJ.

Spice, paper sacks and pallets

Spice, Paper Sacks and Pallets
w 93 cm x h 123 cm
multiples of one photograph mounted on board framed under glass

IMG_1782Karin speaking about her work

A Sense of Place

Karin, for the first time, exhibited two of her works at the Photo Hub exhibition A Sense of Place, held at the Observer Building Gallery, Hastings, between 28 October and
14 November 2015.  She is pleased to have been selected for this show.  The exhibition has been reviewed by the Hastings Online Times.

Karin showed two related works:

THAMES AT LOW TIDE and URBAN RIVER II

(Both works have been previously exhibited in London as part of the MEME exhibition.)

Karin’s works explore that which is in the photo and that which is not e.g. small islands in the river at low tide are re-created through the shape of the image but so is the flow of the river from where it is rural, gentle and beautiful to where, in Urban River II, the Thames becomes angular, is dissected by bridges and hemmed in by walls and wharves while litter bobs around.  In this work a red canister moves through the image  on its way to the sea.

IMG_1764 Thames at Low Tide
Multiples of one photograph on sprayed MDF board, framed under glass
w 180 cm x h 097 cm

 Urban River II
Multiples of two photographs on sprayed MDF board, framed under glass
w149 cm x h 155 cm

The Observer Building is a temporary art space and the gallery part of it is vast. Inside and outside the building, graffiti artists have left their mark and it will be interesting to see how well the curated exhibition will sit with random and spontaneous mark-making. For Karin this is a new experience and she is curious as to how it will work out.

Karin has taken some snapshots of the site and building.

The Observer Building

The Observer Building

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The gallery space on the first floor at a previous exhibition

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A door on that floor

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A pillar on the ground floor

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The alley at the back of the building

Pool

Karin exhibited her work Reservoir at the Bermondsey Artists’ Group Pool Exhibition at the Cafe Gallery in Southwark Park, London, between 4 July 2015 and 26 July 2015.

RESERVOIR

The work references the transformation of the many docks into new urban spaces and  maps the lost history on the south side of the Lower Pool of London: King Edward III’s manor house had as yet not been excavated and lay buried beneath a fenced-off patch of grass; the sky was as yet not reigned in by high-rise buildings and reigned supreme above derelict docks and forgotten pockets of land, reservoirs of wild life and flowers.

Reservoir

Reservoir
Multiples of three photographs on sprayed MDF board, framed under glass
w 120 cm x h 125 cm

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What Is Urban? at Brixton East

Karin exhibited her work In the Eye of the Beholder in the South London Women Artists exhibition What Is Urban? at the Brixton East Gallery from 26 February to 11 March 2015.

Here is a link to the SLWA website.

IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER

An open space by the Thames was landscaped with a retaining wall of sawn-off tree trunks running alongside a street that led to the river. The tree trunks had been vandalized: they had been burnt – hence the dark charcoal-black look. Here are the urban opposites: creativity to enhance the urban environment and actions to deface and destroy and yet through the later daubing of blue paint creating, by default, something oddly beautiful. I have tried to capture this process as well as referencing the proximity to the Thames.

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In the Eye of the Beholder
Multiples of one photograph on sprayed MDF board
w 85 cm x h 116 cm
Framed under glass

Hastings Arts Forum Members’ Exhibition 2015

Karin exhibited at the Hastings Arts Forum Members’ Exhibition from 27 January to 8 February 2015. She showed one work that belongs to the Mill Cycle exhibited in solo exhibitions in London and the Bristol Watershed.

BLUE PLASTIC SHEETS ON BALES

Close to Tower Bridge a Victorian industrial building housed the last working spice mill in London. Its alluring smells wafted down the narrow streets of Butlers Wharf. Inside the building, spice covered machinery, sacks and drums alike. In an immense semi-lit warehouse towering stacks of bales had escaped the drifting spice. But the light shimmering on the protective plastic sheets was as beautiful as if spice had wrought its magic transformation. While still photographing the mill, P&O announced that it would be closed within 14 days. Today the building is luxury flats.

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Blue Plastic Sheets on Bales
w 93 cm x h 123 cm, framed under glass

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Sequence of Change

Karin exhibited 4 works from her Bankside Power Station cycle at the Sequence of Change exhibition at the Hastings Arts Forum from 10 – 22 April 2014.

CROSS CURRENTS

The completed image constructed from the multiples of 2 photos of rusting pipes, references  the relationship between the power station and the river water without which no electricity can be generated – hence the title cross currents.   Karin chose the landscape format for the completed image to create a ‘painting’ of the pipes that in themselves seemed like works of art.

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Cross Currents
multiples of two photographs mounted on sprayed MDF board
w 152 cm x h 126 cm, framed under glass

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Water Wheel
multiples of two photographs mounted on sprayed MDF board
w 125 cm x 125 cm

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Hothouse Plant
multiples of one photograph mounted on sprayed MDF board
w 86 cm x h 116 cm

Organic

Karin took a photo of some small pipes. She noticed them as she negotiated the precipitous gangways that led deep into the building or up to below roof level. The tiny pipes struck her as a microcosm of this extraordinary world she was moving through: a mysterious dark unknowable forest of pipes of all shapes and sizes that not so very long ago circulated the life-blood of the power station and through the washing-down process had turned mushroom-colour. Using multiples of the single shot allowed her to convey the architectural quality of ‘levels’ (now solid floors in Tate Modern) and something about the quality of this de-commissioned building waiting to be re-born.

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Organic
Multiples of one photograph mounted on sprayed MDF board
w 86 cm x h 116 cm

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