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SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER
Adam Shield, Amp Envelope, workshop in progress, The Showroom, 2022. Photo: Dan Weill Photography


Final days of Adam Shield: Amp Envelope

We will be open this week Wednesday to Saturday, 12-6pm
Free entry

It's the final week of Amp Envelope, the first solo exhibition in London by artist
Adam Shield.

Shield's new body of work opens up drawing and collage as a means of exploring interior worlds; with imagery encompassing references distilled from post-apocalyptic science fiction writing, dystopian dream projectors, seventeenth century alchemy and everyday encounters with political, societal and economic structures.

Conceived as a total installation, Amp Envelope extends from The Showroom facade to the interior walls and surfaces of the exhibition space; incorporating entry points for public, collaborative processes of production to unfold over the coming months.

A series of hanging textile banners demarcate thresholds; a publication production zone for workshops houses a Risograph printer, ink-drums, photocopier and scanner as an in-situ print studio for public use.


Last chance to see!

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“hey you get off my cloud”

Adam Shield, Amp Envelope, installation view, The Showroom, 2022. Photo: Dan Weill Photography
 

Posters of protest and celebration
A discussion with John Phillips from the Museum of Unrest
Saturday 17 September, 4-6pm
Free, book 
here

On the final day of Amp Envelope join us for a discussion with John Phillips from the Museum of Unrest.
The 1970s and 80s witnessed an unprecedented outburst of locally-based poster making globally. Today this tradition remains vital in certain contexts such as Chicano culture in the USA and the Hong Kong umbrella movement. As a poster designer at Paddington Printshop (1975 - 85) John frequently exchanged his own posters with fellow designers, which grew into a significant collection. John will bring examples from this archive to the discussion.

Informed by Adam Shield’s long-term interest in self-publishing and DIY production processes, Amp Envelope carries forward the possibilities of publishing and print-making to generate new spaces of experimentation, collaboration and exchange. For The Showroom Mural Commission he took as a starting point a period of research into local, radical grassroots print presses in North West London, including The Poster Workshop on Camden Road which ran from 1968-71; the Paddington Printshop and later londonprintstudio on Harrow Road, amongst others.

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The Art of Activism and the Activism of Art


Image: The Art of Activism and the Activism of Art, 2022

Book Launch
Thursday 15 September 2022, 6.30-8.30pm
Join the waiting list 
here

An evening with Gregory Sholette and guests
Kathrin Böhm, Carlos Garrido CastellanoKuba Szreder and Kim Charnley

Copies of the publication will be available on the night for a special launch price
 

Since the global financial crash of 2008, the 2020 murder of George Floyd, and a visibly deteriorating living environment, artists have become increasingly engaged in a wide range of cultural activism protesting capitalism, colonial legacies, war, political authoritarianism, gentrification, ecological destruction, but also in opposition to their own exploitation. In doing so, they openly absorb and reflect forms of protest within their art practice, as much as social activists progressively incorporate aesthetic tactics into public demonstrations.

Gregory Sholette’s new Lund Humphries book, The Art of Activism and the Activism of Art maps, critiques, celebrates and historicises this overlapping phenomenon from the dual perspective of a commentator (as scholar and writer) and insider (as activist artist). Join him and his exceptional guests, Kathrin Böhm, Carlos Garrido CastellanoKuba Szreder and Kim Charnley in an evening of urgent discussion on the topic of socially engaged art at a time of intensifying political, economic and environmental and military crisis.


There will be drinks after the talk, which have been kindly provided by Lund Humphries; and diverse economies elderflower cordial courtesy of contributing artist Kathrin Böhm and Company Drinks.

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The Showroom at Cromwell Place

 
Images: Adam Shield, Resonance State, collage: ink on paper with painted frame, 2022. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Dan Weill Photography; Navine G. Khan-Dossos, TINA IV, Gouache on 300gsm watercolour paper, 2020. Courtesy of the artist

Adam Shield: Resonance State, 2022 and 
Navine G. Khan-Dossos: TINA I-XXX, 2020

 
Open during Frieze week
Monday 12 - Friday 16 October, 10am-6pm
Free entry, book 
here

Offsite, Cromwell Place, SW7 2JE, Gallery 1
 

The Showroom is pleased to be presenting Adam Shield: Resonance State, 2022 and Navine G. Khan-Dossos: TINA I-XXX, 2020

Shield’s imagery encompasses references distilled from post-apocalyptic science fiction writing, dystopian dream projectors, seventeenth century alchemy and everyday encounters with political, societal and economic structures. In these works, the borders between the inner and outer worlds are blurred, drawing resonances between individual perspectives and wider structural conditions.

This series of gouaches overlaid on top of original stencils from 2019 are new logos collected by Khan-Dossos during her research throughout 2020 looking at the similarity of visual language between Prevent and the Covid-19 pandemic.


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