18th – 26th July 2015
The inhabitants of 52 Whitbread Road were pleased to present Bread and Jam I a unique exhibition of work by 11 contemporary artists. Created and exhibited in a stripped and soon to be refurbished Victorian house in a leafy street in Brockley, each invited artist was given free rein of their chosen space in the house to make new work in response to the dilapidated surroundings. The result was 11 site specific projects, including painting, installation, drawing, sculpture, a 60 foot print and video.
Fritha Jenkin’s work Reception inhabits the living room where hundreds of upturned glasses balance clay dug up from the foundations unseen basement of the house. Confronted with a powerful yet unnerving landscape the absurd use of materials creates a strong sense of tension. Reception transports you into an intimate alien like world.
Elizabeth Porter’s work The Point of Balance hangs in the attic. A mobile of felt guns recalls her childhood where memories of the WWII and the threat of nuclear war influenced everyday life and directly affected how children were raised. Haunted by more recent atrocities, Porter uses blanket stitch, a skill taught by her mother, to express her frustration “I’m making guns, soft, ineffective & as useless as I feel”.
Alison Hand’s detailed drawings of classical landscapes hide in the peeling walls, peeping at us like lost places. The pretty ruins and delicate landscapes, some which reference artist’s such as J.W. Turner, feel lost; a small and detailed painting of a boy tending a fire appears next to the boiler as if burned into the wallpaper. “I locate relationships such as that between the picturesque landscape painting tradition and contemporary representations of transformed space.”
Bread and Jam brings together exciting artists with varied practices that span four generations, in a rare opportunity to experiment and play in an unusual setting without constraints.
Generously supported by Cooper’s Bakehouse & Wild Brockley