A Tally of Distempered Parts | Exhibition
MARCH – APRIL 2023
Open to all, free to attend
ASC Gallery | The Chaplin Centre, Taplow House, Thurlow Street, London SE17 2DG
Opening Friday 24th March, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition from 27th March – 28th April
Gallery open Monday to Fridays, 10 am – 5 pm. Open Saturdays 1st, 15th and 22nd April from 12 – 6 pm.
A Tally of Distempered Parts
Tom Woolner and Sebastian Thomas are working together for the first time on this collaborative installation at ASC Gallery. With readily available industrial materials, they will build a series of structures within the gallery space to play host to their respective works. These approximated bodily panels will allow works to be stretched and extruded from the gallery walls and ceiling through various apertures, while also subsuming other elements embedded in their membrane.
They will test the relationship between their practices drawing parallels between the sculptural and bodily processes of digestion, extrusion and excretion. A cast of disparate organs and limbs will be set adrift within this corporeal terrain.
Generously supported by The Elephant Trust.
About the artists
Sebastian Thomas (b.1986 Reading, UK) works across sculpture, installation, painting, printmaking and film, fundamental to which are the processes of collage and assemblage. He graduated from Camberwell College of Art in 2017. Materially his practice manifests itself through the appropriation of discarded objects and industrial materials alongside processes of ceramics, metal and wood working and casting. Recent work has been concerned with the relationship between fiction consumed by the mind and the corporeal landscape and how it can be a breeding ground for semi-fictional objects, places and protagonists.
Recent exhibition highlights include Golem, Lot Projects, 2022; The Necker at APT Gallery, London, UK, 2021; The Weather Garden at The Towner, Eastbourne, UK, 2019; Wild Service at Kingsgate Project Space, London, UK, 2019 and Troglodyte Antiphon at Intercession Gallery, Northampton, UK, 2019. In 2021 Thomas was a recipient of the Arts Council’s Develop Your Creative Practice Award which saw him undertake various residencies across Scotland including Cove Park, Scottish Sculpture Workshop and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.
Tom Woolner (b.1979, London) is an artist who lives and works in London. He graduated in Sculpture from The Royal College of Art in 2003.
Having previously made large scale installations and collaborative performances for particular contexts, his recent work has focused more on a studio-based practice of experimental drawing techniques. These sculptural, yet stubbornly and resolutely flat, wall-based works are made through an intuitive and playful process of pouring and piping, as semi-viscous liquids slowly or rapidly congeal to agree upon a form. The work seems to sit somewhere between object, painting and fresco, as the image is embedded into, rather than onto, the surface. Loosely bracketed under the title Internal Weather, they open portals into the body to reveal an alternative landscape and corporeal meteorology.
Recent projects include Internal Weather, Sid Motion Gallery, London, 2022; The Amber Room, 180 The Strand, London, 2022; Naming a Cloud, with Andrew Miller, 303 Projects, Lowestoft, 2021; A Sofa Speaks, with Mary Hampton, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, 2019; Dog Show, Southwark Park Galleries, 2019; The Thalty Thpectacle, with Edwin Burdis, Various Venues, Plymouth, 2017; A Blurry Stage on the Horizon, KCUA Galleries, Kyoto, Japan, 2015. His work has been featured in frieze, Art Monthly, Modern Painters and The Guardian and he teaches at The Ruskin School of Art.