The exhibitions: Rhizome’0002 “The Indian Summer” October 2014

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© Alex Fox  “Woman with extensible neck” (after Hokusai), Plaster and wax – 2014

A five day exhibition with talks & impromptus from the Thursday 16th to the Monday 20th of October 2014
Rhizome’0002 – “The Indian Summer” curated by Geraldine Gallavardin
From 12pm to 19pm everyday, 1st opening on the Thursday 16th from 6pm to 8pm & 2nd openings with a special night of performances on the Saturday 18th from 5pm to 10pm.
At the Camden Image Gallery, 174 Royal College Street, NW1 OSP – London blogborder

After the late spring exhibition Rhizome’0001 “The Flickering of June”, the October exhibition Rhizome’0002 “The Indian Summer” will celebrate London art fair busiest time of the year. Seven UK based artists will respond to this invitation with site-specific art works & in situ installations. Some of the artist’s vision will embody the relationship between the body & its multiple way to be represented using a classical form; some will experiment a more spatial & performing creative process to emphasis some of their work that use the uniqueness of their body as a vector. Whilst others will speak through sculptural objects, non-objects, ordinary objects, non-sense objects; all maps with a tide of ideas embark on The Indian Summer journey… A promenade, a mental ballad; hiking through creative processes, systems of thoughts, representation & its figure of speech. 
A fusion of conceptual art, raw & participatory installations, soundscape, video art, sculptures & engaging speakers with passionate stories sharing their distinctiveness; revealing rooted intellects in a mind-blowing exhibition.

With  Alex Fox, Brian Guest (Founder and General Secretary of S.P.A.R), Geraldine Gallavardin, Louise Ashcroft, Oliver Evelyn-Rahr, Piers Jamson, Ram Samocha



Deleuze and Guattari introduced A Thousand Plateaus by outlining the concept of the rhizome (quoted from A Thousand Plateaus):
• 1 and 2: Principles of connection and heterogeneity: “…any point of a rhizome can be connected to any other, and must be,”
• 3. Principal of multiplicity: only when the multiple is effectively treated as a substantive, “multiplicity” that it ceases to have any relation to the One
• 4. Principle of a signifying rupture: a rhizome may be broken, but it will start up again on one of its old lines, or on new lines • 5 and 6: Principle of cartography and decalcomania: a rhizome is not amenable to any structural or generative model; it is a “map and not a tracing”
(Quotes by Wikipedia) “The concept of the Rhizome as developed by Deleuze and Guattari in A Thousand Plateaus is highly relevant to a discussion of a shifting configuration of media-elements; a conflation of language systems.



Friday 17th at 6pm – Grethe Hauge, City of London Tour Guide & many more will announce soon…

Performances: Saturday 18th from 5pm to 22pm with Brian Guest (Founder and General Secretary of S.P.A.R), Geraldine Gallavardin, Ram Samocha, Sitron Panopoulos






Alex Fox

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“Untitled”, Jesmonite, 11 inches high – 2014


This piece could be both a self-portrait as well as a subtle commentary on humanity’s struggle to rise above the self-interest which lies at the heart of the human condition. Making art is typically a rather self-absorbed undertaking – requiring a degree of solitude and introspection – which this sculpture depicts quite literally.

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Woman with extensible neck (after Hokusai)

The inspiration for this piece is a print depicting fantastical apparitions, in this case a ‘woman with an extensible neck’, from Hokusai’s Manga – a visual digest of images concerning many aspects of life in Edo period Japan, including the demons, monsters and ghosts which featured in popular literature. Hokusai’s sketch could be a humorous comment on opium smoking amongst certain women – though it wasn’t common in Japan or perhaps be a pun on a Japanese expression along the lines of ‘my neck has grown long for waiting endlessly for my lover.’




Brian Guest (Founder and General Secretary of S.P.A.R)
S.P.A.R appears courtesy of Calum F Kerr

SPAR with Brian Guest

S.P.A.R Centre Camden
The Society for the Preservation of Admirable Rubble (S.P.A.R)

The Society is dedicated to preserving the rubble of the UK in all its varied forms. They fight to keep some of the rubble created from bulldozing people’s homes and businesses on display within the building that replaces it. Not just as a memorial but as an aesthetically pleasing experience.
The Society has been given the opportunity to present the S.P.A.R Centre Camden at the Camden Image Gallery from 16th – 20th October 2014.
SPAR Founder and General Secretary Brian Guest will be present on Thursday 16th October (6-8pm) and Saturday 18th October (5-10pm) to talk about all aspects of the campaign. Visitors are encouraged to draw their ideal admirable rubble and contribute their own rubble stories.

Up-to-date reports on admirable rubble can be found on the web-blog:




Geraldine Gallavardin









“Alchemy” 2014 participatory performance & Free Improvisation Music

#lab451london Debates 26/07/14

Geraldine Gallavardin is a conceptual artist, curator, musician & actress based in London. She’s the founder of Lab451london & actually creating a Free Improvisation Music collective that will start in 2015.
She’s originally from Lyon, France. She holds two MA in Fine Art, one from “Les Beaux-Arts de Grenoble”, France (1997) & one from Chelsea College of Fine Art & Design, London (1999). She collaborates with the Camden Image Gallery in London as a curator & art consultant.

She is doing participatory/readymade performances, social sculptures, installations, drawings, videos, soundscapes & live art as her main artistic language. She used Free Improvised Music/soundscape in her performances & had played abroad & in the UK with band such as “The A Band”. She has exhibited internationally & in the UK in places such as the ICA, the South London Gallery, during the London Biennale on the lawn in front of Tate Modern/The Serpentine Gallery…

She’s curating few shows in the months coming for the Camden Image Gallery, #lab451london She was acting in few films during her artistic career & more recently in “Third Contact” filmed in London by British director Simon Horrocks, the film is now available online ( She would be acting in the film “The Mentor” by director Ngozi Enuma in September 2014.

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“Alchemy” participatory performance – 26/07 #lab451london Debates
tribute to the artists; James Lee Byars & Matthew Barney’s new film “A river of fundament”



Louise Ashcroft

Louise Ashcroft was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire in 1983. She makes performance, video, writing and sculpture and is co-founder of the alternative art school AltMFA. Ashcroft graduated from the Ruskin School of Art (Oxford University) with first class honours in 2004 and Birkbeck (University of London) in 2008. She studied Sculpture at The Royal College of Art (London) in 2012-13. “I react spontaneously to the world around me, exploring and questioning the situations and environments I encounter. Collecting and re-contextualising found materials, creating narratives through objects, making sculptural interventions and gestures. My work is an ongoing process of re-coding physical and cultural space to create an ever-changing vapour-trail of ideas, actions and artefacts” Ashcroft’s sculpture, video and performance work has been exhibited widely in the UK and further afield, most recently at: Technopolis [Departure Foundation, London], The Hockney Gallery [Royal College of Art, London], Performance Studies International Conference [Stanford University, USA], Christies [London], Poppositions Art Fair [Brussels], Turner Contemporary [Margate], Folkestone Triennial, Modern Art Oxford, Squid & Tabernacle [London], InTransit Festival [London] and Oxford Botanical Garde

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Oliver Evelyn-Rahr

Oliver Evelyn-Rahr’s practice involves a diverse range of disciplines from performance and video to social programs and sculpture. A recent graduate of the Artist Teacher MA program at Goldsmiths, his most recent work has been exploring the complex overlapping territories between the worlds of Fine Art, Theatre and Film.

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Piers Jamson

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Piers Jamson presents ‘Self Portrait’ – a life size reverse silhouette image of himself as a Victorian Gentleman.

Original silhouette images are usually very small, and Georgian in origin being pre-photography.
The image would be created by either black paint, or a black cutout, set onto a white background.

He has reversed this process by using a single sheet of hand cut white paper,
laid over an ultra smooth black background.

As the artist is wearing Victorian clothes (his own) and not Georgian clothes, this work is not a vision of the past; perhaps a vision of a parallel reality or a vision of the future.

A Neo-Victorian future.



Ram Samocha

Ram Samocha will be showing a collection of videos from his latest drawing performances and some drawings that were made during these live actions.

Ram Samocha is a multi-disciplinary artist working in performance and visual arts.
As an immigrant artist, Samocha focuses on the issues of personal and global transformation by combining drawing, video, installation, and performance. Using a personal artistic language that speaks via abstraction and the physical process of repetitive line-based actions, the work reflects on global issues while eschewing an overt political narrative.
Samocha’s work is part of various museum and private collections and has been shown in The UK, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands, Germany, Mexico, The United States, and Canada.


Ram Samocha -OPEN 2012, photo by Ram Samocha                                   
OPEN 2012, (photo by Ram Samocha)


Ram Samocha - The Sun Within 2013, photo by Sadie Edginton
  The Sun Within 2013 (photo by Sadie Edginton)


Ram Samocha - Slow Move (centre) 2013, photo by Ram Samocha                                       
Slow Move (centre) 2013 (photo by Ram Samocha)






Sitron Panopoulos

Sitron Panopoulos is a Greek poet/musician working in London for the past decade.
Short music poetry performance about London as seen by the eyes of the foreigner. The city I’m looking at is the land of endless options, myriads of unmade beds, transient lovers and friends that switch capitals around the globe. Using memory and geography as a starting point the show is looking the change of factors one considers when deciding to make a city their home.





Grethe Hauge

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“Three years ago I finally realised a long held dream and became a City of London Guide. I would like to tell you about my journey towards realising that dream and tell you about some of the interesting experiences I have had over the last three years. I see the City with new eyes and hope that I have helped others to discover things they never knew about it.”




2nd openings Saturday 18th of October


17:00h – 22:00h  Backroom upstairs

Meet Brian Guest (Founder and General Secretary of S.P.A.R)

 S.P.A.R Centre Camden

The Society for the Preservation of Admirable Rubble (S.P.A.R)

S.P.A.R appears courtesy of Calum F Kerr

Main space upstairs

On going impromptus 

Geraldine Gallavardin will empower her art pieces

Large room downstairs

8:00 pm

 Ram Samocha will give an introduction to his works with Q&A


Main space upstairs


Musician & poet Sitron Panopoulos





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Installation day Wednesday 15th at the Camden Image Gallery.
A zillion thanks to the artist William Esdale for his outstanding efforts for making this night possible!




pic Puck studio

A huge thanks to those guys at Puck Studio for sponsoring some of the technicals aspect of the exhibition.
They are a great creative team!

Find the all the photographs of the exhibition:
 The opening on Thursday 16th: 

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