Susie Pentelow talks to London-based curator Lily Brooke about her upcoming group exhibition, ‘fleeting affiliations’, which will take place in her home and feature work by Freya Goodwin, Nick Kidd, Helena Lacey, Hannah Luxton and Jack Sutherland.
What is your background and what led you to begin curating?
Whilst at Chelsea College of Arts my pieces were spatially orientated installations. Eventually, my practice became secondary to the curation of the work I was producing. It seemed like a natural progression for me once I’d graduated.
‘fleeting affiliations’ brings together five artists working in a range of mediums. What are the unifying threads running through their works?
All five artists are concerned with the creation of indeterminate forms. Associations can be found with each piece yet these connections rapidly fade and transform. Line and form will fill the space adhering to the playfulness of fantasy, whilst not quite manifesting reality.
How did the idea for this exhibition come about?
I’d been noticing a lot of playfully abstract work and I wanted to assemble a variety of unrecognizable forms to initiate a fantasy.
There is a certain ambiguity of form about all of the artists’ works, although it comes about in different ways with each. What is it about this sensibility that interests you?
They each challenge the reliability of our perception. The formless pieces force us to realize the existential substance of something doesn’t have to amalgamate with preexisting ideas of forms.
What is coming up next for you?
I’m in the process of planning another exhibition for December, also to take place in my home. I’m also working on a new project with a couple of friends from university which will exist both as a publication and an events space. We’re hoping to launch the space next year.
‘fleeting affiliations’ will run from 23 - 28 September (by appointment only) at room. 3 Ada Road, London, SE5 7RW, with a private view on 22 September 7-9pm. For more information, visit http://lily-brooke.com.