Andy Jackson & Inês Rebelo
13 July - 4 August 2019
Areal – portmanteau word [A + real – an (other) real]
Areal – Portuguese for sandy beach
Areal – relating to the area of something (Cambridge Dictionary)
I am a light green side/I am a dark green side
I am the structure/I am not the structure
The colour vibrates out of it’s object
And now we are back behind this moment observing the reverse.
We reach an orbit.
Areal aims for a state of being in our contemporary digital, politically uncertain, often grotesque, and fast-paced world. This exhibition proposes the notion of Areal as an exploration of the broad notion of landscape.
Inês: Can you hear the sun? Are we really listening? Sounds of the Sun is an incursion through our closest star, capturing its unheard voice through NASA’s recordings in circular vinyl to stage the full effect of its audio signal.
Then, Sun (mandarins) deceptively playfully take on a familiar citrus fruit: a mandarin. Here, that ubiquitous healthy snack formally captures the luminous star in our palm’s hand – the mirage of anthropocentric control. Suddenly, mirage morphs into delusion, hallucination, illusion and burning truth at once as aluminium-made mandarins spread around the space in dialogue.
These playful mandarins literally cast a dark reminder of the catastrophic effect of heat: burned and destroyed agricultural crops in ash-like aluminium the most abundant metal on Earth’s crust.
Andy: I say 3 were informed by a street environment but I probably mean 2: a bus shelter structural facade and a telephone box Nurofen advert.
A floor to ceiling pole or channel of aluminium I took from somewhere else - an imagined environment, possibly virtual but always in the here and now in it’s polished side mirroring.
I think of it as a painting: 3 sides worked on/3 reverse sides not. 2 sides can only be viewed at once: [2 contrasting coloured sides] or [a coloured side and the mirrored side] or [a mirrored side and the back] or [a coloured side and the back[. (Actually when you see the back it is 2 sides as well - due to the nature of a channel).
Consider Areal an (other) real: a place to mirror our environment (mandarins on the floor, a turntable, paintings and yourself - your face, your body as it moves around our exhibition. And then you disappear and are looking at the 2 sides of green doing something slightly ungraspable:
This is Areal Landscape.
Andy Jackson is an artist based in London and moving to Sheffield. Since 2016 Jackson has been exhibiting paintings and artwork in exterior urban environments. Using his status as an artist outside the gallery system Jackson has undertaken projects that play with this system.
In Datum Exterior the artist hung paintings outside contemporary art galleries in London in an attempt to communicate with each gallery. With each painting Jackson would email the gallery their current press release mirror imaged, as well as a link to an instagram account @datumexterior which displayed photos of the painting outside the specific gallery. In We cannot accommodate you the artist replaced business stickers attached to a project space in Catford with blanked paint elements, made to look like stickers. The project included a proposal to the gallery to replace all stickers with the completion resulting in an exhibition inside the gallery. This was politely rejected by the gallery stating: ‘it’s not something we can accommodate…’ The project was completed outside the gallery without official acknowledgement.
Jackson’s works intended for interior projects use the aesthetics of urban environments experienced in his exterior projects. Telephone kiosk advertising, roller shutters, bus shelter elements and business stickers are all examples which the artist renders into his works through painterly mimicry and specific measurement ratios.
Recent exhibitions include Doublethink at Asylum studios in Bentwaters Park, Suffolk, 2018, The Window at 1909 7th Avenue, Los Angeles 2018. Solo exhibitions include Commercial, Bell Green Retail Park, Sydenham, London, 2017 The Possibilities of Datum, Test Space, Spike Island, Bristol and InsrtSHUTTER, SE9 Container Gallery, both 2016.
Inês Rebelo (b. 1981, Lisbon) lives and works in London. She studied painting, achieving distinction as licentiate from the Faculty of Fine-Art, University of Lisbon, and is Masters of Fine Art by Goldsmiths, University of London. Her researches encompass painting, drawing and installation, sometimes including site-specific projects and extending in collaborations with various cultural agents.
An astronomical expedition lies at the heart of Rebelo’s practice. Much of her work’s experiential status necessitates the relationship between the inside world of earth and outside world of space, between the earthly ‘now’ and the cosmological ‘then’, provoking an intrinsic advancement towards her artistic access to the realm of cosmos. Rebelo’s latest works bring to light the concept of the other. The political dynamics of the encounter between different communities and cultures, as described in postcolonial theory, finds parallel in nuanced modes of exchange between other and self, considered in continental philosophy.
Her work has been exhibited in Brazil, Colombia, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and has been the subject of several publications. Highlights in her practice include solo exhibitions in Curitiba (Ybakatu), London (The Bun House; The Old Police Station) and Lisbon (Galeria Monumental; Paulo Amaro Contemporary Art) as well as group shows at Fundação EDP, Porto; National Glass Centre, Sunderland; Kunstverein Speyer, Speyer; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Union Fenosa, A Coruña; Museu Nacional de Ciência e Técnica, Coimbra; Globe Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne; ASC Gallery, London, ENCLAVE, London (Deptford X), Seventeen Gallery, London; Gasworks, London; Chiado8, Lisbon; Estufa Fria, Lisbon (Antecip’Arte) and ZDB, Lisbon, among others. Most recently, Rebelo’s work featured in the dynamic biennale Glasgow International 2018, Glasgow.
Inês Rebelo received a Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation grant and an honours award at Fidelidade Mundial Prize. Since 2011, she is Associate
Lecturer at Birkbeck, University of London.