Back to Press Wednesday November 26, 2014

Paddle8 launches the Tomorrow auction series, presenting new work by some of the most exciting young artists in specific cities around the world

Tomorrow: London features eleven London-based artists, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the South London Gallery’s Young Arts Project

Paddle8 is pleased to announce Tomorrow, a series of auctions presenting new work by some of the most exciting emerging artists in creative capitals around the world, with a portion of proceeds from each sale benefiting an organization that supports young artists within the respective city. The inaugural auction, Tomorrow: London, spotlights the work of eleven artists who are gaining recognition in the London scene and beyond, with proceeds supporting the South London Gallery’s Young Arts Project. Future chapters of Tomorrow will focus on artists in Berlin, Istanbul, and Sao Paolo.

Curated by Hikari Yokoyama—a London-based independent curator and member of Paddle8’s founding team—Tomorrow: London will be open for bidding on Paddle8 from November 25 to December 12; the works will be presented concurrently at the South London Gallery (SLG). Proceeds from the Tomorrow: London auction will benefit the SLG’s innovative and far-reaching education program, which encourages young people aged 14 to 25 to become more actively involved in contemporary art through a broad range of artist-led activities and events that provide guidance and support, raise ambition and self-esteem, and often transform perspectives of contemporary art, artists and the benefits of creative thinking.

Tomorrow: London presents new and recent works by eleven London-based artists: Michael Armitage, Nicolas Deshayes, Rodrigo Garcia Dutra, Raphael Hefti, Celia Hempton, Haroon Mirza, Philomene Pirecki, Hannah Perry, Emanuel Röhss, Samara Scott, and Jesse Wine. The successful bidder for each work also receives an invitation to visit the artist’s studio as part of Paddle8’s mission to help forge meaningful relationships between artists and collectors.

“This show crystalizes a moment in time and space: London in 2014. Like the buses and over-ground trains that brought me to their studios, multiple conversations and interlocking pathways of research led me to these artists, some of which I am sure will prove to be among the greatest idea-makers of our generation. Each of these artists represents a singular but expansive vision as to what art is and can be today. Their practices range from painting and sculpture to explorations of industrial processes that stretch materials to extremes. The artists in Tomorrow: London are on the delicate point of their careers where interest and demand has jumpstarted travels around the world to biennials and museum shows, but not yet cemented into status of established artist—this precarious position yields work that is raw, moving, engaged and experimental, self-aware but not self-conscious.” – Hikari Yokoyama, curator of Tomorrow: London

“We are delighted to be presenting the first of the Paddle8 Tomorrow auction series at the South London Gallery. It’s a really strong selection of artists showing some great works, which together are indicative of the inventiveness and variety of current artistic practice in London. We are immensely grateful for the funds that will be raised through this charity auction for the SLG, as it will provide vital support towards our ongoing programme of activities and events for young people, giving participants the opportunity to explore and be inspired by contemporary art.” – Margot Heller, Director of the South London Gallery.

“With the Tomorrow series, Paddle8 continues to experiment and to redefine the traditional auction model, through finding new modes of working with the creators, exhibitors, and institutions that shape our art ecosystem. While young artists can find support locally and through curators, writers, and collectors who are beating the pavement looking for art, Paddle8’s online presence gives a global audience immediate access to the most exciting practices of young artists city by city. In the process, we enable collectors worldwide to discover the exciting next generation of artists in London—and additional cities in the near future—while also supporting the local organizations that are key to the development of a creative capital.” – Alexander Gilkes

The Artists of Tomorrow: London

Michael Armitage (Half British, half Kenyan, b.1984) is known for his graphic landscape and figurative paintings which draw on imagery of Africa. Armitage often uses bark cloth as a canvas - a material which has both traditional importance in its use for burial shrouds, as well as being recognisable for it’s reappropriation on the tourist market. Armitage’s works raise questions about identity and cultural development, the relationship between Kenya and the West, the idea of Other and the romanticism, ideals and hopes of a New Africa. He received a BA from the Slade School of Art, London, in 2007 and an MA from the Royal Academy Schools, London, in 2010. His work has been featured in a number of group exhibitions, including those at the Drawing Room and Royal Academy, London.

Nicolas Deshayes (French, b.1983) utilises industrial material processes to transform the grotesque, banal or forgotten forms of modern existence into sublime abstract paintings and sculptures, operating in what he calls “the threshold between liquid and solid.” In 2009, Deshayes earned his MA of Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in London, and he continues to live and work in the city. He has been featured in exhibitions at Artspace, Sheffield, Cul De Sac, and E:vent Gallery, among others.

Rodrigo Garcia Dutra (Brazilian, b.1981) is a Brazilian artist who lives and works in London. Garcia Dutra explores moments in time that he believes have influenced the aesthetics of the world today – particularly, a perceived shift from localised religious or traditional motifs and patterns to international touted ideals of modernism. Garcia Dutra graduated from the Royal College of Art, London, with an MA in Sculpture in 2014 and he also holds a BA in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London. Garcia Dutra’s work was included in the São Paolo Biennial in 2008 and 2014, and his work was selected for the “Open Cube” exhibition at the White Cube in London as well as being featured in exhibitions at Rotwand Gallery, Zurich and the Royal College of Art, London.

Celia Hempton (British, b.1981) explores sexuality, vulnerability, exposure and exhibitionism in her challenging work. Many of her paintings expose voyeuristic glimpses of the body in a singular moment and whilst some of Hempton’s sitters are her friends, others are people she met online in video chat rooms. Hempton completed her BA in Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art and graduated from the Royal College of Art with an MA in Painting in 2007. She has been awarded the Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, based in Umbria, Italy (2013) and the Sainsbury Scholarship in Painting for the British School at Rome (2008-10). She has presented solo exhibitions at Galeria Lorcan O’Neill, Neue Aachener Kunstverein, and Cell Project Space, among others.

Raphael Hefti (Swiss, b.1978) creates work rooted in an alchemical narrative, as his swirling images are made from (often explosive) industrial processes that render anything from plant spores burnt onto paper to manipulated museum glass into astral-like images of shifting matter and colour. Hefti came to art via industrial design, beginning as an apprentice in electronics and later studying industrial design.  During his studies, he became increasingly fascinated by the faults and imperfections in industrial and chemical processes. He received his MA from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and studied at the Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne. Hefti lives and works in Zurich and London, and has had solo exhibitions at Ancient & Modern, Camdern Arts Centre and White Cube Gallery in London as well as CAPC, Bordeaux and Gallery Art: Concept, Paris, among others

Haroon Mirza (English, b.1977) is a London-based artist. Immersive installations, performances and kinetic sculptures and environments constitute his diverse practice. He collaborates with artists and musicians to create works which play with, and react to, both the visitor and the environment. In addition, Mirza delves into gallery archives to ‘collaborate’ with artists via documents, artworks and papers. He studied painting at the Winchester School of Art, painting and drawing on an exchange programme at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2006, he received his MA in Design Critical Practice and Theory from Goldsmiths College and in 2007, completing his MA in Fine Art at the Chelsea College of Art & Design. Past awards include the Northern Art Prize, 2010, the Silver Lion Award 54th Venice Biennale Illuminations, 2011, the DAIWA Art Prize, 2012 and Zurich Art Prize, 2014.

Philomene Pirecki (British) creates photographs, installations and paintings are centered around the influence of context on perception. Her works take the everyday as the basis for investigations into the impossibility of maintaining and reproducing a particular experience. Her approach is methodical and highly considered, thus reliving her work of any overbearing nostalgia. Pirecki’s work has been internationally exhibited and was shortlisted for the 2013-2015 Max Mara Art Prize for Women.

Hannah Perry (British, b.1984) is an installation, print and video artist living and working in London. Through generating and manipulating materials (footage, audio clips, images and objects), Perry develops a sprawling network of references, carefully exploring personal memory in today’s hyper-technological society, whilst challenging systems of representation via hyperactive distribution. She received her MFA from the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 2014 and has been featured in exhibitions at the Zabludowicz Gallery, the Saatchi Gallery, Fotomuseum Winterthur, MOMA Warsaw, and the Stedejlik Museum. She has recently performed at the Serpentine Gallery as part of their Park Nights, and will present an installation as the culmination of a residency at the Moving Museum in Istanbul.

Emanuel Röhss (Swedish, b.1985) creates work that focuses on transferring elements from a particular space or form of architecture to another, often by casting objects that he sees as “excessive for a building” but that have a “more aesthetic application." Taking into consideration the connotative potentials of art production, Röhss moves between different contexts as he modifies his mediums, either by taking elements from one and adding to another, or by de-contextualizing the objects. Through the latter, he removes his works from the visual excess of their origin, and allows them to stand with autonomy for greater aesthetic value. Röhss received his MA from the Royal College of Art, London in 2013, and his BA from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2011.

Samara Scott (British, b.1984) is a mixed media artist who lives and works in London. Her practice utilises multitudes of cheap, everyday functional objects (polystyrene, tights, pens, toothpaste, rolls of tape etc) repurposing them as formal materials to create relief sculptures and wall works. Inspired by pop art and cultural motifs of the 1950s and 1960s, and through a process of compiling, painting, drawing and assembling everyday objects, Scott’s work sheds light on the fleeting material identity of detritus produced by modern culture. She graduated in 2011 from the Royal Art College, London with a MA in Communication Art & Design, past solo and group exhibitions have been shown at the Zabludowicz Gallery, Rowing Project and Seventeen Gallery.

Jesse Wine (British, b.1983) is a London-based sculptor who works mainly with ceramics. Kneading clay into vessels, forms and anthropomorphic male figures, Wine then mixes his glazes and oxides together, firing them at different temperatures to encourage dynamic reactions of colours as they melt and blend on the surface of the sculptures. Wine never records his methods and prefers to embrace the Dada-esque mentality of chance and unpredictability. In 2010, Wine received his MA in Sculpture from the Royal College of Arts, London, three years later he was the recipient of the Ceramics Fellowship from the Camden Arts Centre. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Moving Museum, London, NOMAS Foundation, Rome, Mary Mary Gallery, Glasgow, among others.

For additional information or images, please contact Sarah Goulet, sarah@paddle8.com

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