Members Exhibition, Jennifer Higgie & Rebecca Warren
SV10, Studio Voltaire’s open submission exhibition has been selected by Jennifer Higgie, writer, critic and co-editor of frieze, and artist Rebecca Warren.
The selected artists are:
Johanna Eliisa Laitanen & Liinu Grönlund
Studio Voltaire’s members’ exhibitions aim to showcase the strength and diversity of its membership, which currently comprises over 450 artists. The exhibition is open to entry to all artists, working in any medium, who are studio or associate members of Studio Voltaire. Every year, the changing panel, made up of artists, writers and curators select artists’ work. Now in its seventh edition, the exhibition has developed a reputation for spotting emerging talent and bringing it to a wider audience. Previous artists include: Laura Aldridge, Sara Barker, Juliette Blightman, Pablo Bronstein, Kim Coleman & Jenny Hogarth, Alex Frost, Anthea Hamilton, William Hunt, Duncan Marquiss, Public Works, Stephen Sutcliffe and Markus Vater.
This year’s exhibition included the work of 25 artists based throughout the United Kingdom, as well as few based internationally. The selected artists include a range of approaches to art making, such as video, film, painting, drawing and sculpture. The selectors were drawn to work that had a strong and unique voice. There is definitely a sense of the artists doing their own thing and perhaps a rejection of what can be seen as fashionable or en trend. Works include Benjamin Senior’s slightly uneasy paintings of women exercising and resting; Johanna Eliisa Laitanen and Liinu Grönlund’s Aura of Place D’Armes two-channel film examines the co-existence of horses and the architecture of the stables in Versailles, presenting a very formal and stylized piece; and Jonathan Baldock’s somewhat grotesque sculptures and paintings.