/ˈmeɪkʌp/ - Artists conversation lead by Anna Ricciardi

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Writer Anna Ricciardi is leading a conversation with Sally Kindberg, Dillwyn Smith, Roberto Ekholm in response to their current exhibition.

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Welcome drinks at 6.30 pm. Discussion starts at 7pm prompt..

/ˈmeɪkʌp/ - Artists' Conversation: Writer, artist and lecturer, Anna Ricciardi is leading a conversation with Sally Kindberg, Dillwyn Smith and Roberto Ekholm in response to their current exhibition meɪkʌp at MOCA London Peckham.

Curated by Sally Kindberg, meɪkʌp explores how each artist relates a material practice to a search for transcendent potential.

In response to MOCA London's unique gallery space, the artists' new works establish a dialogue between their practices and the architecture of the space itself.

Dillwyn Smith’s delicately layered work stems from the artist’s sustained focus on painting and colour, to load the materiality of diaphanous fabrics, stitched and joined across stretchers, with the gravity of reverence. As well as utilising traditional methods of saturating and glazing colour to manipulate light and line, Smith invokes spaces of liminal ritual and spirituality in his use of veils, robes, flags, doors and windows. In conversation with a history of geometric abstractionism and especially that of Mark Rothko, Smith’s recent body of work has been greatly influenced by place - namely a residency in Oman followed by another in Rothko’s birthplace in Latvia.

Roberto Ekholm’s sculptural works take fitness equipment as their starting point in looking at the construction of identity through repetition. Removed of context and stripped of their original function and purpose, these objects - medicine balls, yoga mats etc - retain a form and materiality to stand in for the presence of body. With a quiet meditative power and gentle homage to the work of Felix Gonzales-Torres, these pieces are seemingly at rest, yet hum with the energy brought to mind by the performative language of fitness instruction. Striking up a dialogue with every perkily inspirational reminder of ‘mind over matter’, or motivational bark to ‘finish what we’ve started’, Ekholm’s works consider the quest to be better, do more, to keep going, to perform higher, deeper, harder, heavier, faster. Beyond sports psychology and current marketing trends employed by the ‘wellness’ industries, Ekholm is concerned with tropes of faith and the possibility of transformation through healing. Roberto practice includes sculpture, performance and photography.

Sally Kindberg’s surreal paintings fuse the fantastical and the banal, the substance of physics with the timing of the tragicomic. Like sets of bicep curls in strength training, an insistence on ‘completion to failure’ places painting as a special breed of practice of endurance and stamina. Having developed a finely-tuned trust in intuition and imagination, Kindberg paints interiors and objects to a robust formula, producing a depth of intimacy the artist’s (deceptively graphic and flat) style could never convey solely on its own. In deep excavation of contemporary culture’s sedimentary layers, Kindberg seeks to present newly-evolved meanings by painting abstractions of figurative imagery with pleasing resolution.

Anna Ricciardi is a British ,writer, artist and lecturer living and working in London.

Sally Kindberg is a Swedish artist living and working in London.

Roberto Ekholm is a Swedish artist living and working in London.

Dillwyn Smith is an artist born, living and working in London.

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