With the sun shining bright, Peckham is the place to be for scouting out vibrant contemporary art and culture in London. Just off Rye Lane is a tiny, inconspicuous passage way which leads you through a tunnel of colourful street art, bursting across the offering wall spaces. Following the lane all the way to the end brings you to Copeland Park, where contemporary gallery Bosse & Baum reside in a white-cubesque, warehouse space.
This month the gallery has been promoting and presenting Slade graduate Holly Hendry and her absorbing sculptural practice. Focusing on the use of space in the contemporary, Hendry’s practice is a refreshing spectacle for the eyes. Upon entering the space, visitors become immediately engaged with their sense of surroundings: plaster works fold and cushion themselves across the floor, latex bulges from the ceiling and surrounding walls, whilst silk prints hang, subtly waving as they are passed by. Hendry’s immersive use of space relates back to her widened focus on themes of systems and their functionality in both the contemporary and the past. She demonstrates these ideas by revealing their destruction and breakdown through fragmented sculptural surfaces. This can be seen in Hendry’s Pipe Works: a grouping of disconnected pipes, resting and bending on an aluminium frame as non-functional objects, representing the collapse of a previously functioning system of design.
Hendry’s silk prints draw viewers focus further into the space by presenting recognisable segments of ancient sculptures. Central to the space and perhaps operating as an authorative piece, is Hendry’s Constantine of Colossus – a loud, dictating finger pointing to different things depending on one’s position in the gallery. These silk works and their representative (broken) ancient sculptures pair well with the plaster works which hint at similar mediums, swelling whilst balancing on the backbone arrangements – aluminium and wooden structures: scaffolding for the altering states of display.
In addition to the gallery space, visitors are invited to step into the back of the gallery to view a specially constructed studio for Hendry to continue working in. This allows for a fascinating look into the usually unseen work method and practice of the artist, something many galleries tend not to reveal. Here, silk works lay across the floor ready for inspection – these are mimicked by matching digital prints taped roughly to the studio wall. There are also a range of sculptures on display, yet to be determined between complete or unfinished works, toying with visitors understanding of the gallery space and it’s typically polished and clean presentation.
The selection of work on show in More and More, More is More is an exciting visual display which is as intellectual and insightful as it is beautiful and bold. This exhibition is not one you will want to miss: Bosse & Baum is open Thursday to Friday (12-6pm) and is in its final week of Holly Hendry’s impressive exhibition.