Jason Shulman’s ’2001: A Space Odyssey’ and Nancy Fouts’s ‘Kubrick’s Chair’ and ‘Kubrick’s Camera’ are now on exhibit as part of the fantastic ‘Daydreaming With Stanley Kubrick’ at Somerset House, London, alongside work from artists including Anish Kapoor, Marc Quinn and Sarah Lucas.
Jason Shulman’s Photographs of Films received world wide coverage, including The Financial Times, Telegraph, Paris Review, American Photo and Another Magazine. Read all the coverage on the exhibition page here.
Current exhibiting artist Emilie Pugh speaks to Aesthetica about her practice.
We were delighted to host Gilbert and George at the opening of Joe Sweeney’s debut solo show Takeaway.
Inspired by British idiosyncrasies, the exhibition has received wide spread acclaim as featured in I-D, Wonderland, Another Magazine and Dazed.
Read the coverage on the exhibition page here.
Cob Gallery is proud to announce that Cob artist Becky Allen has just won the Thirty for Thirty Art Competition – presented by Buro Four. The competition is a celebration of the company’s 30th anniversary and Becky’s work was the winning selection outof 30 submissions from 30 different artists.
Becky’s work will also be featured in Adeline de Monseignat’s first curatorial project entitled Whispers at Ronchini Gallery on 10 December 2015. The show will feature 11 other international contemporary artists and is based on the concept of the childhood game of ‘Chinese Whispers.’
We are very proud to announce that Adeline de Monseignat was recently shortlisted for the Saatchi UK/Raine Contemporary Art Prize. De Monseignat had recently exhibited with artist Marie Kaus at Cob Gallery back in October for their duo show entitled Points of Contact.
Adeline has also recently had a feature published about her work for AnOther Magazine.
Cob Gallery is very proud to announce that COB artist Nina Fowler’s drawing ‘Small II’ has been selected for this years Jerwood Drawing Prize. The double sided work is a portrait of Lana Turner’s daughter Cheryl Crane taken from photographs on the night she was arrested and questioned for the murder of Turner’s lover Johnny Stompanato. This work was first exhibited by COB gallery at Drawing Now, Paris, 2014.
The drawing can be seen at Jerwood Space, London from 16 September – 25 October 2015 and then tours to venues across the UK.
Pencil on paper, carborundum, wood + glass
(h) 12 x (w) 25 x (d) 5 cm
Nina Fowler, 2014
Cob Gallery exhibiting artist Sarah Maple wins the SKY ARTS SCHOLARSHIP.
Sarah is a visual artist from Crawley. In 2007 Sarah won the “4 New Sensations” competition for emerging artists, run by Charles Saatchi, and since then has exhibited artwork, films and performances internationally. Sarah’s work is a form of activism, using wit and humour to engage audiences with issues of gender, religion and politics. Her Sky Academy arts Scholarship project, working titled “I Disagree With What You Say” aims to create an exhibition of new paintings, photography and performances based on the concept of freedom of speech.
In celebration of our Vanitas Feast we are delighted to offer a selection of Alexander James’s mesmerising underwater photography as works on paper – available directly from COB SHOP.
We are very proud to announce that Katie Paterson’s ‘Light Bulb To Simulate Moonlight’ is now part of the Guggenheim collection. The artwork was exhibited in the Cob Gallery’s inaugural exhibition Unnatural Nature in 2011. It is on view until September in Storylines: Contemporary Art At The Guggenheim – which brings together over one hundred works from the Guggenheim’s contemporary collection, examining how artists today forge new paradigms for storytelling through installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video, and performance.
We are pleased to announce that Lorena Lohr’s Ocean Sands, first exhibited at the Cob Gallery, is to be included in LOOK 15 – Liverpool International Photography Festival. Read more here.
Dazed Magazine comment, ‘a young artist with a great skill for capturing the grimy edges of public space and modern life. She takes us to the badly taped walls, stained tables and motel windows with an expert leftfield eye. One to seriously watch.’
27th February 2015
Cob Gallery is proud to announce its exclusive representation of Stella Vine.
Cob Gallery will be debuting at ART15 with a solo exhibition by the artist.
Full details to be announced. All enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cob Gallery is excited to present the preview edition of This Is Not A Brillo Box.
As featured in the Financial Times Wealth Section,
This Is Not A Brillo Box
Kiss cut vinyl decals, household emulsion, plywood.
Edition of 21
Signed, dated and numbered in pencil on the bottom
4400 x 3550 x 4400 mm
17th December 2014
The Cob Gallery is excited to announce our Christmas Party and Auction Fundraiser on the evening 17th December 2014 at Blacks Club, Soho . In celebration of the final days of our crowdfunding campaign for our first gallery publication in collaboration with artist Nina Fowler.
Cob Gallery and Nina Mae Fowler aim to produce a desirable and relevant book, which will include in depth analysis of Fowler’s key drawing series, as well as independent essays written about Fowler and her practice. The book will expose the intensive research methods used by the artist and feature excerpts from sketchbooks alongside images of work in progress. This will allow the book to fully explore the processes used by Fowler in meticulously building her large-scale drawings.
John Maybury comments: ‘I’ve long admired the work of Nina Fowler both as a technician and, although it might seem a strange choice of phrase, as a conceptual artist…The drawings in particular bring that bizarre phenomenon of movie Gods and Goddesses back to us now in sharp focus – the elegiac rendering…in graphite – possess an extraordinarily cinematic quality – as collage – montage – whatever – the evocation is pure poetry.’
Nina Fowler’s panoramic original drawing ‘Sympathy II’ is inspired by and created from studies of stills from the 1968 Jean Luc Godard film Sympathy For The Devil will be exclusively auctioned on the evening. It is a unique and standout piece from her archive.
Please join us at Blacks Club, Soho for a champagne reception and live Auction hosted by Bernie Katz and Lazarides Gallery Managing Director Chris Ford. All money raised at will go towards the publication fund with a special thank you acknowledgement to the winning bidders in the book.
LOT 1 – BESSIE
Signed, framed artist proof giclee print on hahnemuhle paper, 2012. Limited Edition of 5 + 2 a/p. 84.1 x 118 cm – A0.
LOT 2 – Drawing lessons with the artist
Set of five lessons to take place next year.
LOT 3 – Postcard sized original drawing commission.
LOT 4 – Sympathy II
Original drawing from Fowler’s archive.
LOT 5 – GIANT
Signed, framed artist proof giclee print on hahnemuhle paper, 2012. Limited Edition of 5 + 2 a/p. 84.1 x 118 cm – A0.
CHAMPAGNE RECEPTION FROM 6:30 · AUCTION AT 7PM
15th September 2014
The architect Edward Armitage first conjured up his exquisite lamp design in 1952, while working in Ludhiana, India. The very first one was hand-built by craftsmen at the local bazaar, and for a long while it remained the only one of its kind. Poised, angular and elegant, its discreet walnut and brass surfaces found their perfect complement in a lampshade created by Edward’s wife Marthe, whose intricate designs have remained highly sought after as wallpaper patterns.
More than half a century later, the lamp itself has been the subject of an overdue re-discovery, with Joe Armitage, grandson of Edward and Marthe and himself an architect, newly at the helm. The Cob Gallery was delighted to premiere his exciting creative partnership with jewellery designer Dominic Jones and artist Tomo Campbell, Phototaxis, at Blacks Club during London Fashion Week.
For all enquiries: email@example.com
Exclusive to the Cob Gallery, recent RCA graduate Fee Greening presents her Marquis de Sade inspired ‘Orgy’ print as a bespoke privacy screen.
“‘Bed’ is a reoccurring theme within Greening’s work, and the scenes it plays host to; dreams, night terror, sexual tension and erotic liaisons. Influenced by an eclectic range of artists such as William Blake, Sir Stanley Spencer and Paula Rego. Technology is therefore largely boycotted for the challenge of meticulous draughtsmanship and accurate characterisation. The works aesthetics focus on traditional, analogue methods, predominantly the precarious dip pen and ink.” Quoted from CSM
Digitally printed on a linen mix and upholstered onto an antique privacy screen. ’Orgy’ print will soon be available as wallpaper and soft furnishing.
All enquiries firstname.lastname@example.org
9th September 2014
Photography has long been a meeting place of the mechanical and the magical—in the nineteenth century, Henry Fox Talbot described it as “the art of fixing a shadow”—and Walter Hugo & Zoniel produce work that invokes this enigmatic formula. Part physicists and part geologists, they push the medium against itself and away from the digitised everyday, subversively re-introducing the role of the craftsman through early techniques like ambrotypes, tintypes, salt prints and pigment prints.
There’s something inescapably seductive about these terms on their own, and Walter Hugo & Zoniel’s alchemical activities have attracted growing attention. They have exhibited at galleries both in London and internationally, and were this year nominated for the esteemed Paul Huf prize in Amsterdam. Celebrated by the likes of Vogue and i-D, their self- developed technique of the “photographic fresco” has been characterised as an astonishingly inventive blend of Michelangelo and Man Ray.
In anticipation of their forthcoming October exhibition at the Cob Gallery, we are exhibiting selected archive works at Blacks Club and are delighted to host an afternoon of high tea with an artist talk from the duo. Tuesday 9th September from 3pm. Email email@example.com for tickets.
New and archive work from artist Julian Walker available from Cob Gallery. Julian Walker is an artist, writer and educator. His research-based art practice uses a wide range of media, to explore taxonomy, collections, and cultural history. He trained at The John Cass School and St Martins, and was a New Contemporary in 1999; public collections holding his work include the Wellcome Collection and Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. He is the author of a number of books on the English language, and How To Cure The Plague; he leads workshops at the British Library, on literature, art, history, printing and the English language.
7th August 2014
To celebrate the release of Book 1a: We Go To The Gallery, Dung Beetle Books in association with the Cob Gallery will be holding an after school educational event for teachers, parents and seedy journalists in Class 3J at Soho Parish Primary School, 23 Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7LF from 6 – 9pm on Thursday August 7th 2014.
Your host Miriam Elia will provide a brief lecture on the three key Dung Beetle learning principles:
- Helping children to understand that there is nothing to understand
- Ensuring the child’s own opinions match those of the arts elite.
- Preparing young people for a lifetime of crippling uncertainty.
Miriam will also read select pages from the new book to an audience in the reading corner, who all must be quietly seated on the mat. Copies of the new book will be available for sale, along with signed prints and rare copies of the original first edition.
There will also be an exhibition of angry paintings, drawings and threatening letters from Penguins Book’s team of legal experts.
29th July 2014
Cob Gallery co-founder Polly Stenham’s acclaimed fourth play ‘Hotel’ is in it’s final week at the National Theatre. Stenham has long collaborated with Cob resident artist Fee Greening for the book cover illustrations of her plays, published by Faber & Faber. We are delighted to offer for the first time limited edition prints of the original illustrations for both ‘Hotel’ and Stenham’s previous play ‘No Quarter’.
Giclee prints on archival paper
Edition of 10
Signed by both the artist and the playwright
10th July 2014
We are delighted to announce our appointment as directors of art at Blacks Club, Dean Street. To mark the event we exhibited a selection of Nina Fowler’s prints at the Critics’ Circle Film Section Summer Party held at the Club, organised by Vice Chair Anna Smith.
5th July 2014
In celebration of the Liverpool Biennial 2014, The Cob Gallery was invited by the Art School Restaurant to curate an exhibition of works by Nina Mae Fowler. The Art School Restaurant is located in the old sculpture room of The John Moore’s University fine art faculty. The building has been beautifully restored, a true labour of love from Paul Askew, Founder Director Chef of Hope Street Hotel and The London Carriage Works Restaurant. We are excited to announce the beginning of a quarterly sculpture rotation for which we will provide an opportunity for both emerging and established artists to show their work in this exceptional space. With great thanks to Sacred for hosting the event, as part of an ongoing collaboration. Read coverage in the Liverpool Echo here.
The first-ever fusion of embroidery animation and heavy metal will be shown on Channel 4 on 28 May after animator Nicos Livesey and Tom Bunker’s four-minute long ‘Tharsis Sleeps’ was commissioned by the broadcaster as part of their Random Acts series – coinciding with the release of the band Throne’s brand new EP “Where Tharsis Sleeps”.
‘Tharsis Sleeps’ is an animated music video project conceived by Nicos for the heavy metal band Throne. Created with frame-by-frame animation made from denim embroidery, ‘Tharsis Sleeps’ is an idea Nicos conceived when surrounded by denim-clad rockers covered in their favourite band’s patches at heavy metal gigs. Working with a small team, Nicos has gone through a painstaking process to bring the animation to life: 3,000 hand-drawn frames, 250 square metres of denim, 12 million stitches, 40 days of animation, 1,800 hours of digitizing, 3,500 hours of embroidering, 500 hours of capturing. Tharsis Sleeps will take viewers on a psychedelic extraterrestrial mission to terraform Mars.
Nicos is a member of band Throne, a 3-piece heavy metal band from London who have appeared at Austin, Texas’ SXSW and played with psychedelic giants Dead Meadow and Bo Bo Ningen. The project will coincide with the release of Throne’s brand new EP ‘Tharsis Sleeps’, which will be officially launched at The Cob Gallery in Camden, London on 5 June with a live performance accompanied by the animation.
26th – 30th march 2014
As part of Drawing Now: FRESH 2014, The Cob Gallery is excited to announce a solo exhibition by Nina Fowler titled ‘She Shoulda Said No’. The show will include a new large-scale drawing, a ‘drawn montage’ formed from images collected by the artist over the last four years from a range of sources. These remain on her studio wall or are recalled from memory and are gradually pieced together to form the large-scale composition.
Drawing Now – Espace Commines (secteur FRESH)
Booth F2, 17 rue Commines, 75003 Paris
The exhibition has been named top pick of the Paris art fairs by Julie Eugène, Art Concierge for the Le Royal Monceau Hotel on her art blog artforbreakfast.com
March 11th 2014 – Updated April 25th 2014
The Cob Gallery is delighted to be auctioning 10 rare first edition copies of ‘We Go To The Gallery’, donated by Miriam Elia. Only 1000 books were ever printed, and these books form part of the remaining few. All proceeds from the auction will go towards raising money for our charity, Cobble Together For The Arts.
Follow this link to the online auction: http://www.ebay.co.uk/usr/cobble_camden?_trksid=p2047675.l2559
For more information about the book, please click here.
27th February 2014
A huge thank you to everybody who came to the first screening of ELEANOR, starring Ruth Wilson. The evening also marked the launch of the Cob Gallery’s new arts charity, COBBLE TOGETHER FOR THE ARTS and the POSTCARD PROJECT featuring Cob associated artists including Walter Hugo & Zoniel, Nina Fowler, Adeline de Monsiegnat and Neal Fox.
Read more about Eleanor, Cobble and the Postcard Project on the links below. And thank you to Sacred for providing the drinks!
28th November 2013
From the Ashes: An Italian Piazza in London
Guests were immersed within the architectural ruins of the war-torn piazzas of Palermo, complete with street food and DJs, recreating the energy of Italian street culture. The event also premiered Piazza Garafello, an animated photographic installation by photographer Tom Beard. Read a review of the work by clicking here.
PALERMO POSTCARD SERIES: Handprinted A6 photographic prints (image size 9 x 9cm). Edition of 10 signed by the artist. £50 each. A catalogue of the photographs can be seen by clicking here.
October 12th 2013
Last night saw the opening our latest exhibition, a solo show by Nina Fowler. Thank you to all that came, we hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did. Thank you also to Billecart for keeping the champagne flowing through the evening, and Groucho Club for the after party. More about the exhibition can be found by clicking here.
What a dreamy evening, thank you to all that came! Click here for more.
A huge thank you to all who came along to the open studio we held on March 14th for our current studio resident Joshua Press.
The Camden Town Poster Studies portrait project is now officially open to the public. Details of how to sign up for a portrait can be found on the exhibition page, please click here.
Thank you to all of those who came to visit us at Black Maria: A major new commission by Richard Wentworth & Gruppe. An installation of Fee Greening’s illustrations created a visual theatre in which to contemplate the act of dreaming, the perfect backdrop to the Little Theatre of Dolls puppet performance of ‘The Holy Dress’.
Between Dreams was a precursor to a group exhibition, ‘In Dreams’ opening May 30th at the Cob Gallery in collaboration with Guts for Garters: a Cob & Guts production.
A selection of Greening’s work is available from Cob Shop.
Friday 8th February 2013
Thank you to all who attended last night’s private view – what a hoot! A special thank you to OWLS-R-US.
Look out for the exhibition featured on Eddie Stobart Trucks and Trailers in April on Channel 5.
More photos from the night can be viewed on our Facebook page.
Thank you to everyone who came down last night to enjoy Tom Beard’s first solo exhibition, ‘What The Cat Dragged In’.
To view press and the catalogue for the exhibition, please click here.
The Cob Gallery is excited to announce our first collaboration with The Salon Club in Mayfair, ‘Between Dreams’, featuring the work of three female artists Becky Allen, Fee Greening & Kate Street.
Allen’s work is characterised by intricate line drawings of the things we cannot see. With extreme detail and a fascination of the close-up, she looks beyond that which is visible and presents another way of seeing. The themes encountered in her work originated from a fascination in our states of consciousness, with particular focus into the sleep state. Using neurological data such as REM activity, she interprets the objective into a subjective response to suggest the content of our dreams. Allen graduated from Camberwell College of Art in 2011 and is currently midway through the MA programme at the Royal College of Art.
Working primarily in pen and ink, Fee Greening’s work is concerned with the relationships between characters, often using literature as an inspiration. Presently her work focuses on neurological sleeping disorders and the moments between waking and sleeping. In contrast to Allen’s work, Greening explores an imaginary narrative from this scientific standpoint. Greening graduated from Central St. Martin’s in 2012 and is about to begin the MA programme at the Royal College of Art.
Kate Street’s The Story of Orchis In Three Parts, references the ancient Greek belief that orchids spring from the spilt semen of mating animals. The surreal drawings evoke a dreamscape where the botanical and the human entwine. The fecund orchids spring from human hearts, inviting us to consider the link between desire and mortality, sex and the eternal sleep of death. Street graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2004 and has exhibited internationally, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome and the Torrance Art Museum in California.
Friday June 22nd 2012
The latest show at The Cob Gallery, ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’, opened last night. Many congratulations to the curators of the exhibition, Roxie Warder and Natasha Hoare for the excellent reception of their new exhibition.
Thursday 17th March 2012
Last night saw the opening of Hayden Kays’ first solo exhibition, ‘Household Name’, at The Cob Gallery. Thank you to everyone who came down, what an evening!
Friday 16th March 2012
Last night saw the successful opening of The Cob Gallery’s latest exhibition, Mark Melvin: Sunday, which will be running until the 19th of April. Many thanks to all who came down and enjoyed the evening.
Sunday 26th February 2012
Many thanks to all who came last night for the opening of The Cob Gallery’s latest collaboration with Guts for Garters, ‘Peter Doherty: On Blood’, which included an exclusive acoustic set from Doherty himself.
Thursday 6th October 2011
Thank you to everyone who came along last night to the opening of our latest exhibition, Developing Shadows. A perfect Thursday evening spent looking at Walter Hugo’s wonderful photographs and sampling Vestal Vodka’s delicious cocktails!
Thursday 16th June 2011
Wendy Bevan: The Pain of Desire, the latest exhibition from The Cob Gallery, opened last night alongside ‘Surreal Women’, the latest buying exhibition from Guts for Garters. The night also included a live performance from Wendy Bevan and her band Temper Temper.
Thursday 10th March 2011
Last night saw the successful opening of The Cob Gallery’s latest exhibition, The Divided Self, featuring YBA Keith Coventry alongside emerging artists Beatrice Haines and Jonny Briggs. The opening was run in conjunction with the launch of Guts for Garters, a new concept store selling antiques, art, interiors and fashion. For more information visit www.gutsforgarters.com.
Thursday 24th February 2011
Katie Paterson in discussion with Joy Sleeman of UCL Slade and Nicholas Alfrey of University of Nottingham.
Topics included the sublime, Baudrillard, simulacra, simulation and the death of nature.
Thursday 17th February 2011