Tuesday, 14 June 2016


FLUE, Sarah Sparkes, installation, 2015


21st June - 11th July
Address: St John on Bethnal Green, 200 Cambridge Heath Rd, E2 9PA

 // ARTISTS //
Louise Beer
Jane Grisewood
Rebecca Huxley
Melanie King
Joshua Space
Sarah Sparkes

Lumen Studios present an exhibition exploring the representation of black holes, voids and portals.

Opening Party: SOLSTICE, 21st June 2016, 6pm
With talk from Chris Welch, Professor of Space Engineering at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France, where he is also Director of Masters Programs. Chris will be speaking about the representation of black holes and voids in space physics and science fiction.
We'll also be screening Sarah Sparkes film, Time You Need and DJ set by CAETVS

Opening Times:

Saturday 25 June and Sunday 26 June, 1-5pm
Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3 July, 1-5pm

Closing Party: FIRST THURSDAY, 7 July 2016, 6pm

Look Mum No Computer Modular Synth Set

Sarah Sparkes will present a series of works exploring infinities, the void and it's intrusion into the domestic and everyday. FLUE was originally created for a hollowed out space, once a fireplace, for Other Rooms exhibition in Basement Arts Project Space, Leeds. For VOID exhibition, the artists has rebuilt the work within a dark recess below a cupboard in the Belfry of St John's.

Sarah will also be screening her film Time You Need (winner of the MERU Art*Science award 2015) on the VOID opening night, which explores the potential for consciousness to time-travel within the material limits of the human body. Using the symbolism of the portal and black hole, as they are conceptualised in both science, science fiction and the artists own work, the film presents a montage of narratives and documentation of performances and installations, which together with sonic and visual disruptions, create a liminal experience for the spectator. The proposition is that one may find, herein, the time one needs.

Jane Grisewood's Black on Black series explores darkness, blackness – the void – through different black paints on black paper. She will also be exhibiting Black Hole photographs, a typology of voids found in numerous locations around the world.  Grisewood, born and educated in New Zealand, worked as an editor/publisher in London and New York before studying fine art. She was awarded her PhD in 2010 at Central Saint Martins, UAL where she teaches experimental drawing, and has artist books in many collections, including Tate, V&A, MoMA, MACBA, Brooklyn Museum and Yale. Working across media, she investigates time and transience through the line, repetition and durational processes, where drawing is key. Recent work is inspired by boundaries between earth-bound and cosmic temporalities, invisible and visible, black holes and cosmic web.

Melanie King's current research considers how invisible forces are represented in the field of both art and science. Melanie will present a series of experimental films exploring the bubble and its' relationship to cosmological theories such as the multiverse and inflation theory.  Melanie will be showing a series of cameraless photography prints, directing light onto photosensitive paper to create void-like impressions.

Saturday, 11 June 2016


FANNY UK, Sarah Sparkes, hand decorated fan for the Art Car Boot Fair 2016
Keep your cool, at the ART CAR BOOT FAIR this year, with one of my FANNIES - hand held fans, hand decorated with UK and USA sign language.

Both USA and UK FANNY are represented in the finger alphabets of the UK and USA.

Available at the Kent Baton, curated by Nicole Mollett
London Art Car Boot Fair

Sunday 12th June, 12-6pm
Brick Lane Yard Corner, off Brick Lane and Buxton St, E1The Baton is exhibiting a series of handheld artworks this Sunday in London. In doing so, breaking the traditional gallery taboo that is the untouchable art object. A range of sculpture, prints, drawings and performances will be on offer, to be handled with care.

 Bridgette Ashton  will present a series of prints from her collaborative project ‘Caves, follies, Grottoes and Hermitages’. Frog Morris will be performing with his Vegetable Puppets. Keep your cool with one of Sarah Sparkes ‘Fannies’ - handmade fans embellished with messages in sign language. Rosie James is showing her stitched drawings.

Handle one of Beth Lanning’s delicate animal skulls made from porcelain. Flick through one of Nicole Mollett’s smallest ever publications. Hazel Stone will be showing her ‘Summit Series, Collecting Mountains’ drawing on to wood. Ask nicely and Duncan Ward will let you hold his piece entitled ‘Snowball’ made from jewellery and gemstones found on the streets of London. Behold the detailed drawings of Paul Westcombe’s onto London train tickets. Jeanine Woollard will be showing her limited edition prints, 'Tales of the Jimba Jimba'.

For more info on the whole line up go to http://www.artcarbootfair.com/ .

FANNY USA Sarah Sparkes hand decorated fan for the art Car Boot Fair 2016