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South London Gallery opens Alice Channer. Out Of Body

The South London Gallery presents Alice Channer. Out Of Body, an exhibition on view 2 March – 13 may. 2012.

Alice Channer, Slip. Mirror polished stainless steel, elastics, accordion pleated hi-tech lame. Image courtesy of the artist and The Approach, London.

For her South London Gallery exhibition, British artist Alice Channer has created an installation of entirely new works which extend her exploration of the relationship between the human body, personal adornment, materials and sculpture. In these figurative works, Channer questions established hierarchies within the history of art, objects and clothing, and offers a unique perspective on manufacturing, the hand-made and consumer culture.

Out of Body brings together a group of sculptural works which the artist defines as being figurative, but from which recognisable representation of the human form is as noticeable by its absence as by its presence. It is the tension born of that relationship which weaves a binding thread between pieces made in a broad range of materials, using a variety of techniques and on radically differing scales.

Entering the main gallery the viewer is confronted by Cold Metal Body, a radically stretched and distorted digital print of stone-carved classical drapery, suspended from the impressive height of the space and held to the floor by a marble surrogate limb. The bodily references are direct if not immediately obvious in this work, but less so is the distinction between what is human and what is not. Two other pieces, entitled Lungs and Eyes, span the space in a different way, each one occupying opposite walls, 20 metres in length, in a sequence of aluminium frames which take their forms from Yves Saint Laurent’s drawings for his famous ‘Le Smoking’ suits. Establishing a dialogue between the industrially-produced metal armatures and the artist’s body, every frame has been hand-covered in machine-sewn Spandex sleeves, which have been digitally printed with an ink impression of Channer’s arm, stretched beyond recognition.

Adding to this complex web of relationships between various methods of production and references to the human body, floor-based sculptures entitled Amphibians and Reptiles combine machined, hand-carved and polished marble with aluminium casts of stretch-fit Topshop clothing and mirror polished stainless steel which has been digitally cut and industrially rolled along hand-drawn lines.

Alice Channer was born in Oxford in 1977 and lives and works in London. She graduated in 2008 with an MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art, London, following a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London, in 2006.
Her recent solo exhibitions include Body-Conscious, The Approach, London, 2011; Other-Directed, BolteLang, Zurich, Switzerland, 2011; and Inhale, Exhale, Charles Rennie Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow School of Art, as part of the Glasgow International, Scotland, 2010. Channer has also shown in numerous group exhibitions including V22 Young London, V22 Workspace, London, 2011; Alice Channer, Jamie Isenstein, J. Parker Valentine, Lisa Cooley, New York, 2011; The Hole, London, 2011; Everynight, I go to sleep, Stuart Shave/Moden Art, London, 2010; Alice Channer, Dagmar Heppner, Alicja Kwade, Maria Zahle, Bolte Lang, Zurich, Switzerland, 2010; Unto This Last, Raven Row, London, 2010; Boule to Braid, Lisson Gallery, London, curated by Richard Wentworth, 2009; Quiet Revolution, Hayward Gallery touring show, curated by Chris Fite-Wassilak, 2009-2010; Strange Solution, Art Now, Tate Britain, London, 2008; Dogtooth and Tesselate, The Approach, London, 2008; Associates, Phillips De Pury, New York, 2008; M25 Around London (curated by Barry Schwabsky), CCA Andratx, Mallorca, 2008; Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, World Class Boxing, Miami, 2008; Took My Hands Off Your Eyes Too Soon (curated by Ryan Gander), Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, 2007.

The South London Gallery has an international reputation for its programme of contemporary art exhibitions and live art events, with integrated education projects for children, young people and adults. Exhibitions profile the work of established international figures such as Alfredo Jaar, Gabriel Kuri, Rivane Neuenschwander, Tatiana Trouvé and Superflex; as well as that by younger and mid-career British artists such as Ryan Gander, Eva Rothschild and George Shaw. Group shows bring together works by established and lesser known British and international artists. The gallery’s live art and film programme has included presentations by Charles Atlas, Rachel Gomme, Nathaniel Mellors, Gail Pickering and Gisele Vienne.

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