20th June – 1st July 2018
‘Every artist, like every scientist is looking for a white crow. Each time they engage in their practice they chase the mythical beast’ 1.
For the next exhibition, Campbell Works is delighted to present new works by artists Alla Malova and Chong Det. Malova a Russain by birth, currently lives and works between London and Geneva, while Det, a nomadic ‘
Working with and for each other Malova and Det have created a ‘body’ of work that is not in any way a collaboration, but more of an ‘assist’ with each others practice. In this mutually shared field of interest, embodiment, laughter and occupation are made concrete. A sculptor’s primary medium is space, that is simultaneously continuous and transforming, the mere process of sharing a space and working alongside other affords the carving out of an expanse that is a breeding ground for objects, physical and mental. The objects thus created, grant a diversion from the ring-road of language into the middle ground of in-betweenness of experience, understanding and imagination. They are a form of subjective emotional cartography that translate spiritual into
‘the artwork is not the object and it’s not an understanding of the object, it’s an
Lives and works in London. Working in urban public spaces with found materials,
A recent graduate from the Royal College of Art with an MA in sculpture, she is currently undertaking a PhD research degree also at RCA. A question that underlies Malova’s practice is that of blindness as expressed by the action of not seeing. Making the salient features of the invisible visible without ever quite resolving form, the resulting output of the negative sum of sculptural scenarios. Embodiment and becoming ‘something other’ are manifest by casting processes that reveal the voids and interiors of found forms. Elements of history, architecture and dream combine to embed unpredictability and mutability. In recent works, Malova has filled the voids within polystyrene packing materials forming skeletal casts that memorialise the absence of the technology they protected, spirit houses for hi-fi and flat-screen TVs. For Cheeking Assisters, Malova will cast in lead, a grotesquely oversized oar from a canoe. An oar is made to move a boat through
1. Alla Malova ref: Sophie’s World: Jostein Gaarder, Sophie’s World, New York:
2. Alla Malova – ref
3. Gilles Deleuze, essays critical and clinical, translated by
4. Charles Ray Sculpture 1997-2014, June 15 – September 28, 2014, Kunstmuseum Basel, exhibition catalogue, p. 31.