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Rosalind Davis is an artist whose central concern is the transformation and reconfiguration of space through multiple disciplines. Beginning with the highly rationalised and objective language of architecture, Davis dis-assembles its geometries to re-create new and multifaceted spaces. The resulting environments probe the relationships between both the physical and psychological aspects of space.
Rosalind Davis is an artist whose central concern is the transformation and reconfiguration of space through multiple disciplines. Beginning with the highly rationalised and objective language of architecture, Davis dis-assembles its geometries to re-create new and multifaceted spaces. The resulting environments probe the relationships between both the physical and psychological aspects of space.

Constructed from modular elements these site-specific installations are re-assembled afresh for each exhibition and respond according to the particular architectural conditions of the site, such as scale and light. They are constructed using flexible individual elements such as steel frames, transparent and luminous perspex sheets, thread and monochrome paintings. The steel structures allude in their scale and proportions to windows or doors - portal like openings that allude to the boundaries between spaces. Incorporating both 2 and 3D models of space engages the viewer in a process of looking, interpreting and constructing space for themselves through their own individual experience. The subjective and dis-orienting nature of the work establishes relationships between the personal and the systematic, highlighting a disparity between the imagined and the real. This seeks to re-claim the failed ideals of modernist space and intimate a more personalised space of one’s own creation.
Her paintings and drawings are part of this same process but in 2d form representing another 3d space where complex interior and exterior spaces are collaged together and abstracted and,like the installations, these 2d works have a disorienting and subjective character, establishing a relationship between the personal and the systematic.

Threads often intervene in her works; their tautness dissecting boundaries and creating shattered geometric planes, the imagery being literally pinned down, sewn up and threaded together. The use of thread often traditionally refers to the feminine and domestic activity of making, repair and creation but here consciously punctures the predominant male domain and hard edged aesthetics of modernist architecture, geometric abstraction and design.

Rosalind Davis. Haus Konstructiv


Biography
Rosalind Davis is an artist-curator and a graduate of The Royal College of Art (2005) and Chelsea College of Art (2003). As an artist Davis has exhibited nationally and internationally and has had a number of solo shows in London: no format gallery (2017) the Bruce Castle Museum (2013); John Jones Project Space; Julian Hartnoll Gallery (2009); The Residence Gallery (2007) and The Stephen Lawrence Centre. Selected group exhibitions have been at the Courtauld Institute; Griffin Gallery, Arthouse1, Standpoint Gallery, Transition Gallery; The Roundhouse; Phoenix Brighton; APT Gallery; the Lion and Lamb Gallery; The ING Discerning Eye; the Lynn Painters Stainers Prize. Her work is held in a number of private and public collections including Soho House. In 2018 Davis has had a two person show with Justin Hibbs at no format gallery, Kaleidoscope Gallery and group exhibitions: New Relics at Thameside Gallery curated by Tim Ellis and Kate Terry and Whispering Colour at Bo Lee Gallery.

Davis was appointed the permanent Curator at Collyer Bristow Gallery in 2016 and has curated 30 exhibitions so far in her career. Her exhibitions at the Gallery have all been reviewed or covered in interviews with Art Top 10; ‘Cracking Show. Superb Artists. Brilliantly curated.’ They have also been included in The Times, City Magazine, The Londonist’s top 7 exhibitions in London, Paul Carey-Kents Artworld blog and DateagleArt blogs. Since her inception the gallery has hosted a number of events, including for the Fine Art Group, The Mall Galleries and Young Professionals in the arts.
Previous co-curatorial projects have been at Standpoint Gallery, Arthouse1, Geddes Gallery and with ZAP at Bond House Gallery (ASC).

Davis is co-author of ‘What they didn’t teach you at art school’ commissioned by Octopus Books which is internationally distributed across the world and has written a number of articles for a-n and other arts publications. She lectures at universities, galleries and organisations across the country including the RCA, ICA, Camden Arts Centre. University of the Arts and for Artquest. She was also an Ambassador and curatorial mentor for UK Young Artists. (2016) and is a mentor for a-n as well as working independently with individual creatives.

Davis has also led art tours for the ICA (London and Boston), South London Art Map and the Whitechapel Gallery and contributed to BBC4’s Film ‘Tales of Winter. The Art of Snow and Ice.’ As a creative consultant Davis has worked for arts organisations, charities and independants as well as corporations such as BBC4 and E4 and is privileged to have been an Ambassador and curatorial mentor for UK Young Artist in 2016.

Davis provides 1-2-1 tutorials for artists as well on a range of subjects as well as consultancies for businesses on a variety of subjects such as Social Media Marketing and Communications after having run a number of short courses at LCC for two years as well as prior to that in a number of venues. Clients have included the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and E4.




Recent Exhibitions
BORDER CONTROLS
Rosalind Davis and Justin Hibbs in collaboration.
no format gallery, Arch 29 Rolt St, London SE8 5JB
Open Friday 21st 2-8pm to coincide with Deptford X Launch night.
Sat 22nd, Fri 28th & Sat 29th September 2-7pm. Or by appointment.
Saturday 29th September Closing event - Artists in Conversation with Richard Ducker 6-8.30pm.
#Bordercontrols

‘Artistic production is nodal, networked, and a perpetually unfinished project, things nudging each other, domino effects transpiring. The real-world analogue of this is that in an artist’s studio, it’s always a transitional moment: the detached artwork as standalone statement is a falsity, a piece of theatre. In reality, one thing leads to another, all kinds of ambient forces shaping what’s made’ (Martin Herbert from the text ‘Between Before and After’ to accompany Justin Hibbs Exhibition ‘Alias Re-Covered’ Carroll/Fletcher 2015).

Haus Kontructiv. V8


Within the shadow of increasingly restricted borders and political control, regarding migration and the increasing isolationism seen both here in the UK (with Brexit) as well as the wider geographical concerns in Europe and America, Border Controls is an exhibition featuring two artists who engender a sense of permeable boundary and threshold. The personal and political dimensions of art-making and authorship can be seen as pertinent to wider social concerns and questions that address the dynamics of power, autonomy and control:
Does power reside in imposing control or is it defined by allowing other voices in?
Can ceding control to plurality of authorship become generative / empowering?
Where and how do we draw boundaries and what might constitute a border less work?
Can an enriched society exist within a context of fixed boundaries, confines and limitations?

Davis and Hibbs are artists who have collaborated informally for several years. These collaborations have centred around shared themes, overlapping research interests and ongoing conversations into one another’s practices and curatorial projects. Both have independent careers but also are a couple who share a studio, where the inevitable questions arise about how and where to set boundaries. For their exhibition at no format gallery, Davis and Hibbs create an installation that brings together multiple strands of their practices into direct dialogue with one other. Within the parameters of the gallery neither artists work can be negotiated without experiencing reflections of the other within them.

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Whispering Colour at Bo Lee Gallery
Sue Arrowsmith | Michelle Benoit | Rosalind Davis | Susan Gunn | Dolly Kershaw | Philippa Lawrence
Exhibition continues 29 June - 19 July 2018
222 Rye Lane, London, SE15 4NL | www.bo-lee.co.uk

Whispering Colour asks us to examine our learned and automatic responses to an inferred value system of colour and the essence of natural materials. Unified in their poetic commentary, and considered in their quest for harmony, these six artists make work that is lyrical and evocative in its aesthetic.

An engagement with natural materials is found in the works of Susan Gunn, Philippa Lawrence and Sue Arrowsmith is contrasted with the synthetic structures of Rosalind Davis, Michelle Benoit’s colour-coded histories in resin and artificial aquarium gravel used by Dolly Kershaw. This dichotomy between holding or relinquishing control is further explored in the processes and materiality of the works. While some artists induce nature’s course, others trace it with a perseverance that alludes to the limitations of traditional tool or medium.
https://www.bo-lee.co.uk/exhibitions



New Relics
Curated by Tim Ellis and Kate Terry
Exhibition Dates: 2-24 June 2018
Thames-Side Studios Gallery
Trinity Wharf Studio TW27, Harrington Way, Warspite Road, Royal Borough of Greenwich, London SE18 5NR

Haus Konstruktiv. New Relics. Thameside Gallery
 

Salvatore Arancio, Vasilis Asmakopoulos, Andy Bannister, Olivia Bax, Dominic Beattie, Katie Bethune-Leamen, Gabriel Birch, Hannah Birkett, Simona Brinkmann, Daryl Brown, Hannah Brown, Bettina Buck, Stewart Cliff, Clare Burnett, Matt Calderwood, Lotti V Closs, Benjamin Cohen, Gary Colclough, Katie Cuddon, Blue Curry, Rosalind Davis, Alexander Devereux, Dexter Dymoke, Tim Ellis, Brian Griffiths, Lilah Fowler, Holly Hendry, Justin Hibbs, Fred Hunt, Andrea Jespersen, Paul Johnson, Evy Jokhova, Ana Kazaroff, Vera Kox, Lucy LeFeuvre, Alan Magee, Eva Masterman, Ian Monroe, Rupert Norfolk, Roula Partheniou, Harrison Pearce, Hamish Pearch, Mark Pearson, Chris Poulton, Frances Richardson, Michael Samuels, Alex Scarfe, Zoe Schoenherr, Amy Stephens, Karen Tang, Kate Terry, Finbar Ward, Elaine Wilson, Sarah Kate Wilson, Andrea V Wright, Ben Woodeson

The term relic is used to describe something that has survived the passage of time, especially an object or custom whose original culture has disappeared, but also an object cherished for historical value such as a keepsake or heirloom……
New Relics presents a diverse range of contemporary positions in sculpture from a cross generational group of international artists. The exhibition demonstrates the multiple directions and potentials of sculpture and how it is continually shifting and being reinterpreted. The themes and concepts illustrated show the depth of the medium and the alluring power of materials to conjure new meanings and interpretations. New Relics is an opportunity to engage with these potentials that have come to encapsulate, and exist within, the definition of Sculpture.

Thames-Side Studios Gallery open Thursday-Sunday 12-5pm during exhibitions and by appointment.
Haus Konstructiv. V.II


2018
Do Re Mi Fa So La Te at Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space
Until April 20th.
Griffin Gallery, 21 Evesham Street, London W11 4AJ
Curated by Karen David
Ralph Anderson, Kiera Bennett, Katrina Blannin, Isha Bohling, Juan Bolivar, Rebecca Byrne, Joel Crerar, Rosalind Davis, Mathew Gibson, Jane Hayes Greenwood, Alex Gough, Fiona Grady, Jeanette Gunnarsson, Aly Helyer, Justin Hibbs, Ana Kazaroff, Dominic Kennedy, Caterina Lewis, Mac McNaughton, Joe Madeira, Lee Maelzer, Alex March, Alex Gene Morrison, José Carlos Naranjo, Stephanie Nebbia, Selma Parlour, Charley Peters, James Petrucci, Tom Platt, Kes Richardson, Alan Sastre, Susan Sluglett, Mimei Thompson, Alice Wilson, Sarah Kate Wilson, K. Yoland, Neil Zakiewicz

Do – A deer, a female deer
Re – A drop of golden sun
Mi – A name I call myself
Fa – A long, long way to run
So – A needle pulling thread
La – A note to follow so
Te – A drink with jam and bread
(Rodgers and Hammerstein The Sound of Music 1959*)

From the 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ is sung by Julie Andrews in the film adaptation of The Sound of Music where she plays the part of Maria; a matriarch or nanny in charge of looking after the Von Trapp children. Maria weaves a narrative to teach the notes of musical scales in turn teaching the Von Trapp children to sing in the process. In Do Re Mi Fa So La Te the musical scale is used as a metaphor for the use of colour in painting – When you know the notes to sing. You can sing most anything. The paintings in this exhibition are installed in the Perimeter Space, on a pale yellow 16m wall and aligns the exhibition with the beginning of Spring; heralding the joy of colour and the hope of fresh starts, and new-blooms of edelweiss.

The Undead Painters Flash Salon
2 February 2018, 7-9pm
ACME, Studio 14, 2nd Floor, 165 Childers Street, Deptford, SE8 5JR
By invitation only. Please email editor@saturationpoint.org.uk
The Undead Painters FLASH SALON 4 brings together some of the most skilled and knowledgeable painters working in and around London today

Selected exhibitions
2017
PIY PaintLounge at Sluice Biennial
Painting salon, conversations and fundraiser for Hospital Rooms
Arch 12 Bohemia Place, Hackney E8 1DU
30 September - 3 October, 12 - 6pm
Graham Crowley, Rosalind Davis and Clare Mitten talk, 2nd October at 2pm.
https://www.piypaintlounge.com

 Haus Konstructiv Invite info No format Gallery


For her solo show at no format Gallery, Davis created a series of flexible spatial architectural installations; reconfiguring and re constructing modular steel forms, creating a multi-dimensional material built environments incorporating thread, luminous perspex sheets and painted canvases. Playing with the modular nature of the work and the temporal aspects of transformation the installations create illusions within the space which the viewer can both navigate and compose for themselves.
Read about the themes and ideas in the exhibition in her interview with Anthology here.

 Haus Konstructiv Invite info No format Gallery

For her solo show at no format Gallery, Davis created a series of flexible spatial architectural installations; reconfiguring and re constructing modular steel forms, creating a multi-dimensional material built environments incorporating thread, luminous perspex sheets and painted canvases. Playing with the modular nature of the work and the temporal aspects of transformation the installations create illusions within the space which the viewer can both navigate and compose for themselves.
Read about the themes and ideas in the exhibition in her interview with Anthology here.

2017
Intersection
'Intersection' explores the point at which the visual arts and architecture meet.
13-16 July 2017
DOK Artist Space, 94 Ocean Drive, Edinburgh EH6 6JH
Featuring the work of James Basey, Rosie Brotherwood, Tamsin Cunningham, Rosalind Davis, Emily Moore, Mark Osborne, Mega Rea, Remi Rough, Paul Stallan, Charlie Stiven and Olivia Turner. The show also features a live musical performance, by Hans Klammer.
Curated by artist Olivia Turner, Co-Director of DOK Artist Space and Chris Dobson, Architecture Fringe Co-Producer and Associate Director at 3DReid.
www.dokartistspace.org

The Undead Painters
FLASH SALON III
3rd March 6-9pm
Undead Painters proudly presents FLASH SALON III at Saturation Point Space in Depford. Featuring works by some of London's strongest painters.
Saturation Point, ACME, Studio 14, 2nd Floor, 165 Childers Street, Deptford, SE8 5JR

Shapeshifters
Sasha Bowles, Rosalind Davis, Justin Hibbs, Evy Jokhova and Gibson/Martelli.
A residency commencing in an exhibition curated by Rosalind Davis.
12-22 October 2016
Arthouse, 45 Grange road, London, SE1
www.arthouse1.co.uk
Overview



Various Species.
VARIOUS SPECIES


Counter_Fitters
25-27 February 2016
Geddes Gallery, 26 Caledonian rd, N1 9DU
Hermione Allsopp / Helen Bermingham / Sasha Bowles/Rosalind Davis / Janes Hayes Greenwood/Justin Hibbs/Evy Jokhova / Nick Kaplony /Caroline Lambard / Alex March / Marion Michell / Michaela Nettell / Freddie Robins / David Ben White / Alice Wilson / Ben Woodeson
Curated by Sasha Bowles, Rosalind Davis and Evy Jokhova

Situated in a dilapidated Delicatessen and two domestic upper floors. The building is filled with evocative spaces loaded with resonances from former times and an interesting shift from the shop area to domestic dwellings.
Counter_Fitters invited visitors to explore the building in its transitory state through a succession of curated rooms and site specific installation.Read the Counter_Fitters Artists Interviews here.
Shapeshifters
Sasha Bowles, Rosalind Davis, Justin Hibbs, Evy Jokhova and Gibson/Martelli.
A residency commencing in an exhibition curated by Rosalind Davis.
12-22 October 2016
Arthouse, 45 Grange road, London, SE1
www.arthouse1.co.uk

Overview



Skim Exhibition.
Lucie Bennett, Paul Cole, Rosalind Davis, Natasha Khan, Flo Ray
ASC Gallery
The Chaplin Centre, Taplow House, Thurlow Street London SE17 2DG

Skim is an exhibition of six artists work, each with a sense of surface and its own subtle interaction with it

Transition


CATALYST: Exhibition
Husk Gallery, 649-651 Commercial Road, Limehouse, London, E14 7LW
20 June -30 June 2015
Sasha Bowles, Rosalind Davis, Justin Hibbs, Evy Jokhova, Marion Michell and Annabel Tilley
Tuesday 30 June; Artists Talk & Soundclash from 5pm
With: Justin Hibbs, Ben Lancaster, Peter Liversidge & Martin Herbert.
Catalyst is an idea.
A group of artists collectively respond & collaborate.
Making Artwork.
There are no rules.
Except one...
Deathline *
* Deadline if artwork not made within the specified time= instant death.
Read more here.

Fabrications
Furniture Makers Hall, 12 Austin Friars, London, EC2N 2HE
3 July 6-9pm.
Simon Attard, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Rosalind Davis and Brian Reed
Life is like an array of fabricated projections and interactions, the psychological and immaterial seem at odds with the mediation of materiality.” Anon, 1997

The Furniture Makers Hall – is pleased to announce FABRICATIONS 3rd July 2015, a versatile and responsive show, featuring new and recent works by four unique artists; Simon Hadley Attard, Mike Chavez-Dawson, Rosalind Davis and Brian Reed. This show seeks to traverse ideas of fabrication of both the psychological and material realities we construct, through both abstraction, upcycled materials whilst footnoting seminal works from the canon of art, these four artists’ works create a compelling dialogue within the non-traditional art spaces at the Furniture Makers Hall. Read more here.