Jonathan Baldock – There’s No Place Like Home / Kokoro Dance at Dilston Grove

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When:
7th July 2017 @ 19:00 – 21:00 Europe/London Timezone
2017-07-07T19:00:00+01:00
2017-07-07T21:00:00+01:00
Where:
Dilston Grove
Dilston Grove
London SE16 2DD
UK
Cost:
Free
Contact:
+44 20 7237 1230

Jonathan Baldock / Kokoro Dance at Dilston Grove

The Dilston Grove installation will become animated when Jonathan Baldock collaborates with Vancouver’s Kokoro Dance company who will interact within it, in bespoke, sculptural costumes via a series of performances in the gallery space on 2 and 8 July (4pm) and on the evening of Friday 7 July (7-9pm).

Kokoro Dance Theatre Society was incorporated as a non-profit society in Vancouver, British Columbia on July 31, 1986. Its mandate is to re-define the meaning of Canadian culture through teaching, producing and performing new dance theatre with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary collaboration and cross-cultural exploration.

Taking its name from the Japanese word kokoro – meaning heart, soul and spirit – Kokoro Dance creates deeply evocative and provocative performances. Inspired by the Japanese art form known as butoh, Kokoro Dance fuses the aesthetics of East and West. Since 1986, Kokoro Dance has created and performed works for the proscenium theatre, for site specific environmental locations, for young audiences in schools, and for impromptu improvisations in jazz night clubs. The company has performed across Canada, in the United States, in Europe, and in South America.

 

CGP London Exhibition -Jonathan Baldock - There's No Place Like Home

Jonathan Baldock – There’s No Place Like Home

Taking its title from the 1939 musical The Wizard of Oz, THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME is Jonathan Baldock’s largest solo show to date. Newly commissioned and previously unseen works will populate both spaces at CGP London including an extensive installation.

Monumental sculptures and live interventions coexist during the six-week exhibition span. Jonathan Baldock has created this new body of work honing techniques and crafts traditionally associated with the domestic sphere, the home. Felting, basket weaving, candle making, appliqué and stitching allude to idealised domestic bliss and gendered roles. Some iconic references from the Wizard of Oz create an interplay with scale, terrors and wonder bordering on the monstrous.

A host of sculptures collaborate and become a chorus: a pouting stained glass window; a human-scale votive candle adorned with waxen ears; a wicker-chain morphs into a human spine; chandeliers shaped like breasts suspend over us with intent; a sandy table in the form of an eye are vying for attention. This fractured human body is patrolled by a mysterious, statuesque white horse further creating a surreal setting.

Dilston Grove having been a historic church, one of the first concrete buildings of its size in Britain, still carries the idea and the scale of the ritualistic. With Jonathan Baldock’s art occupying such a cavernous space where sculptures are stretching from floor to ceiling, once again encourages us to step within the artist’s created reverie loaded with mythological, folkloric and ceremonial meaning.

The Dilston Grove installation will become animated when Jonathan Baldock collaborates with Vancouver’s Kokoro Dance company who will interact with it in bespoke, sculptural costumes.

Performances by Kokoro Dance will take place at Dilston Grove on 2 and 8 July (4pm) and on the evening of Friday 7 July (7-9pm). Free, no booking required.

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME is generously supported by The Paul and Louise Cooke Endowment, The Foyle Foundation, Weber Industries, KERAX, Arts Council England and Southwark Council.

  www.jonathan-baldock.com

 




Jonathan Baldock – There’s No Place Like Home

CGP London: The Gallery

Private View: Sunday 11 June 3-6pm

Exhibition: 15 June – 30 July/ Wednesday to Sunday / 11am – 5pm

Free entry

CGP Gallery directionsCafe Gallery Project

CGP London is an artist led gallery of contemporary art based across two venues in Southwark Park; The Gallery and Dilston Grove. Founded in 1984 by The Bermondsey Artists’ Group, the gallery has commissioned and presented over 140 free exhibitions by emergent, overlooked and established British and international artists.

The Gallery and Dilston Grove space

CGP London manages The Gallery and Dilston Grove in Southwark Park, Bermondsey, London SE16.

Southwark Park is approximately 7 minutes walk from Canada Water station which is on the Jubilee and Overground (Highbury & Islington to Croydon) Lines. Buses travelling to Canada Water: 1, 47, 188, 199, 225, 381, 395, P12, C10.

  www.cgplondon.org  @CGP_London  www.cgplondon.org




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