Visual Arts Exhibition @ McKenzie Pavilion Gallery Space

McKenzie Pavilion is in the Finsbury Park, next to Cafe & pond area. 5 mins walk from Finsbury Park or Manor House Tube (Piccadilly line)
Mon. 10 to Fri. 28 Nov 08. 12- 6 PM ( open on Sat. Sun)
Entry Free
Private View Mon. 10 Nov. (by invitation)


Alone in the Pink Room
Artist: Christopher Lucas Furminger
Medium: Oil on board 50 cm x 70cm

Artwork Synopsis:
The painting deals with the feelings of isolation and introversion regarding homoerotic sexual feelings.

About the Artist:
Christopher graduated from Leeds University in 2003 and he has exhibited ever since. His work is an honest portrayal of homosexuality, using gay models and with a particular interest in the narrative, use of colour and surface. His paintings have fronted a Mesmac campaign and his work has raised money for Stonewall and the Albert Kennedy Trust.
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Behind the Web
Artist: Gena Ivanov
Medium: Oil on canvas 50 cm x 120 cm

Artwork Synopsis:
The painting is about the feelings of a gay man coming to the UK and trying to fit in within the society. In some ways it is a slightly autobiographical and looks at the rich heritage of folklore and modern art to achieve the desired optimum harmony.

About the Artist:
Gena Ivanov was born in Vladimir City in 1968. After serving in the Belarus Army he went to Art College in Bobruisk and graduated with the highest grades in 1991. Since then Gena has worked as a professional artist and interior designer in Belarus and Europe. Gena has his work exhibited in galleries in Bobruisk, Minsk, Mogilov, Gomel, Adonis Art (solo 2007 & 2008) and is in collections in England, the USA, Israel, Germany, Russia, Australia, Estonia, Korea, and France.
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Breakfast with Tiffany
Artist: Joerg Brunsendorf
Medium: Photography 33 cm x 22 cm

Artwork Synopsis:
The image is a result of fascination towards expression of strong characters captured to portray uniqueness and beauty of an individual.

About the Artist:
Joerg Brunsendorf has studied graphic design in Berlin. At present he is working on a book about people with alternative lifestyles in London. He has worked across a range of media but focused particularly on typography, photography, layout and development of corporate identity.
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Chalk Torso
Artist: Robert Offord
Medium: Chalk on Tinted Paper 32 cm x 51 cm

Artwork Synopsis:
The work seeks to study light and dark, volume and void, touch and texture, proportion, construction or indeed own emotions, then explore the instincts.

About the Artist:
Born and bred in London, Robert studied jewellery and ceramics at Middlesex University, and graduated in 1981 with a first class BA hons. He taught life drawing for a short time at the Bezalel Art College in Jerusalem, and after attaining a teaching qualification went on to lead several different art classes at Southgate Technical College. He has exhibited his variety of artworks widely in the UK galleries & venues including Bankside Gallery, ICA, Royal Soc. (Printers and Etchers), The Mall Galleries, Museum of London - permanent collection, etc.
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Chris
Artist: Rob Crosse
Medium: Photography 26.5 cm x 20 cm

Artwork Synopsis:
This portrait depicts the emotional conflict the artist felt with having the first homosexual relationship. It explores a struggle between accepting self and a fear of other people’s misperceptions.

About the Artist:
Rob studied Fine Art Photography at the Arts Institute at Bournemouth where he acquired the skills to develop the ideas and increase understanding of contemporary art. Although trained as a photographer he also uses video and installation as part of the practice. Rob’s work has been exhibited in Lighthouse - Brighton, Maynard Gallery - Hertfordshire and in several venues in Bournemouth.
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Cruising Bridge
Artist: Richard Brattan
Medium: Photography 26 cm x 17 cm

Artwork Synopsis:
One of a series of 5 images, Cruising Bridge depicts non-commercial social spaces in a Northern town where gay men meet for sex. These images are in contrast to the mass marketed images of metropolitan gay life.

About the Artist:
Richard has MA in Digital Art and is a part of a group that set up Brixton Village Gallery in 2001. His main interest is in landscape photography, photo-constructions and drawings on the theme of masculinity and gender. He is currently working on 2 short films. He also works as graphic/web designer for public sector and as a fashion photographer for 2 magazines.
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MELANCHOLY
Artist: Daniela Huhurez
Medium: Ink on Paper 63 cm x 53 cm

Artwork Synopsis:
Made in the spring of 2008, the work mixes the feminine and the masculine characteristics creating an 'androgyne' personage. It is about emotions, feelings, thoughts... Sometimes, the modern life makes people vulnerable to loneliness and that can affect us, no matter what gender we belong.

About the Artist:
Born in Romania in 1981, Daniela studied Graphic Arts both in the high school and the university. The artist works as a freelance visual artist in Manchester. Daniela graduated from the University of Arts in 2004, and obtained MA diploma in Fine Arts in 2006.
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Memories of Ireland 2
Artist: Ann Foster
Medium: Mixed Media 100 cm x 100 cm

Artwork Synopsis:
A weekend party in Ireland between several trans and lesbian friends.

About the Artist:
Ann has exhibited as a British Young Contemporary at the ICA and had work in exhibitions in Middlesbrough, Manchester, Sheffield, Rotherham and London. She received a first class degree from Sheffield and an M.A. from Manchester. Having worked as a social worker and a psychotherapist has impacted on her painting. Artist’s own sexuality and the issue of gender is a strong influence resulting in sometimes femininity as the theatrical prop, or without a gender bias, (androgynous) as in 'camp camp'.
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Volte Face
Artist: Matthew Stradling
Medium: Oil on Canvas 137 cm x 92 cm

Artwork Synopsis:
It is reflective of the contemporary artists whose major body of work deals with issues around sexuality.

About the Artist:
Matthew Stradling is represented in many art collections in Europe, America, the Far and Middle East. He is one of the most accomplished painters of the male nude in Britain today. Hailing from Hertfordshire, Matthew now works from his studio in North London. His work has been exhibited internationally and he has had eleven solo exhibitions in London and Paris. In 2001 he was selected by Sotheby’s to represent Britain. Matthew was awarded a British Academy Scholarship to study for a Masters Degree in Fine Art at the University of Reading and went on to win the Boise Travelling Scholarship in 1990, studying in Rome and Madrid. In 1985 Matthew gained a 1st Class honours degree in Fine Art from St. Martins School of Art.
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Places I Call Home - (Dolls) & (Roulette)
Artist: Nigel Grimmer
Medium: photography in Perspex box 44 cm x 31 cm x 4 cm

Artwork Synopsis:
Grimmer presents an alternative to mainstream culture, an acknowledgement of his experience by the conveyance of a unique sensibility, a subculture (ephemera from popular culture), formed by the selection and editing of this material.

About the Artist:
Nigel Grimmer was born in Great Yarmouth in Norfolk. He completed his Masters in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 1998. Since graduating Grimmer has exhibited throughout the UK and has shown work in Germany, France and Switzerland. Grimmer has curated a number of exhibitions in London and his work is regularly published in a variety of journals. Nigel Grimmer has recently produced bodies of work in Tokyo, Paris and Berlin.
GFest 2007 artist.
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Possibilities
Artist: Beldan Sezen
Medium: charcoal, pigment on paper 90 cm x 130 cm

Artwork Synopsis:
This work is part of the Ladyfest Amsterdam exhibition and evolved around the question - plastic surgery, a freedom of possibilities?

About the Artist:
Beldan Sezen is of Turkish origin, born in 1967 and grew up in Germany. For the last fourteen years she is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Since 2004 she has worked as a freelance artist, having done illustrations, cartoons and short animation films. Her drawings and paintings have been part of solo and group exhibitions in Amsterdam, London, Cologne and Berlin. Her poetry has been published in anthologies and magazines, as have many of her drawings and comic-strips. Currently she is a part of the Ladyfest -Amsterdam group curating the visual art section.
GFest 2007 artist
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South Beach 2
Artist: Helen Churchill
Medium: Photography 25 cm x 25 cm

Artwork Synopsis:
The work aims to remind the rich aromas of salt and seaweed that permeate Britain's beaches, an evocative image that makes us long for the nostalgia of times past and excursions of which we may have only dreamed.

About the Artist:
Helen Churchill is a Sociologist and Photographer, combining the two passions in artistic representations of people and places. Helen grew up in Hackney in the 1960s, came out as a lesbian in 1978 and was active in a number of women's and gay organisations. A lifelong student and practitioner of the art of photography Helen took her course in photography in London in the 1970s and along with shooting countless images over many years, and continues to study to perfect technique, composition and image enhancement. Helen has exhibited work at a number of venues and has completed several private commissions for clients in the UK.
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The colour of my middleclass #2
Artist: Alex Mirutziu
Medium: Photography 59 cm x 84 cm

Artwork Synopsis:
“The colour of my middleclass” series deals with fragile issues, concerning class, duty and obedience. It is a reflection and an observation of the relationship between two men, one Romanian and one British. Is it proposing a sort of corrupt, ambiguous and /or subversive approach to the identity?

About the Artist:
Born in 1981, in Sibiu, Romania, Alex studied Fine Arts in Romania, Spain, where he also curated shows. In 2007, three years after the banned ‘24h Donation of Sperm’ performance he presented his work in the much acclaimed Cum2Cut Film Festival and on stage in ‘The Shipwrecked Sailor’ production directed by John Britton in the UK. He works with performance, makes use of hybrid synergies, and other perverse ideologies. In May 2008 he finished the masters in Physical Theatre at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He lives and works in Romania and the U.K.
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The Courage to Ask Him
Artist: Robin Kiteley
Medium: Screen Print 19 cm x 20.5 cm

Artwork Synopsis:
The Courage to Ask Him (Blue Jeans Blues)- Altered, 'found' image from 1980s 'Blue Jeans' annual which contains photo-strip, romantic stories - primarily intended for a teenage girl readership.

About the Artist:
Robin is a UK based artist working with digital moving image, found imagery, artists’ books and writing. He is particularly interested in the use of found materials within personal narratives and autobiographical contexts. His artworks, moving image works & film works are widely exhibited in the UK and abroad.
GFest 2007 artist
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‘Get Her’ / Drag Queens
Artist: David Shenton
Medium: Lino Print 70 cm x 50 cm

Artwork Synopsis:
This Lino print illustrating salient points from the ten chapters of David’s comic book ‘Get Her’ published earlier this year.

About the Artist:
the legend - David Shenton’s cartoons have been appearing in many British newspapers, magazines & journals for nigh on 25 years. Still as fresh and as funny as when he first started, he can now draw fingers and has started colouring in. He draws pictures for people in America, and has quite a following in the world at large. He also has an allotment.
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Tom Boy Fuck
Artist: Kerstin Honeit
Medium: Photomontage 100 cm x 100 cm (6 images, each 21 x 27cms)

Artwork Synopsis:
TOM BOY FUCK (2008) is an homage to Tom of Finland who helped move the visibility of gay identities from drawings onto the street. In the photomontage TOM BOY FUCK, the artist Kerstin Honeit in drag, dressed as a leatherman, interacts with the iconic cartoon heroes.

About the Artist:
Kerstin Honeit (born in 1977) is a fine artist and filmmaker based in Berlin. She is currently finishing her MA in Sculpture. The continuous subject in Kerstin Honeit`s work is the exploration into aspects of identity creation, with the focus on gender themes. The construction and deconstruction of gender images in her work are often so close together that borders cross and blur. Her work includes video art, installations, film and performance. She has won a scholarship from the Rosa-Luxemburg Foundation and her work is exhibited widely across Germany, USA, rest of Europe and Hong Kong.
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Johny Woo
Artist: Simon Phillips
Medium: Photography 60 cm x 90 cm

Artwork Synopsis:
A part of Tranny Talent, this particular series consists of a dozen works exploring the diverse nature of London’s ‘queer’ cabaret scene.

About the Artist:
Simon Phillips is a London based photographer, artist specialising in documenting the queer performance, cabaret scene. He graduated from the London metropolitan university in 2005 BA honours fine art.
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