A Tale of Two Lives
14 – 25 March
Alongside his exhibition, A Tale of Two Lives, which runs at Art Bermondsey Project Space from 14-25 March, artist Nick Malone will be in conversation with art critic and Deputy Editor of State magazine, Anna McNay.
Sat 18 March 2017 15:00 – 17:00
The walls of the main gallery are dominated by large, three-dimensional works of burnt wood and drawing on canvas that depict an inner mythology through dissolving planes. These seem to occupy a third space between drawing and sculpture, to be engaged with on their own terms of visual dynamics and broken narrative, without any need to go further.
However, leading from this area is a far smaller space that provides a completely different environment. It refers to a moment in a graphic novel currently being written by Nick Malone – The Disappearance of Makepeace: A Tale of Two Lives – which centres around the strange disappearance and lifelong search for its mysterious hero. This moment is the visitor’s entry into the hidden room that had been used by Makepeace himself, holding his sketchbooks and notes on a central table, with further work on the walls of the room, and a background soundscape of narrative and poetry* drawn from the novel.
Trapdoors into Makepeace’s world open as windows cut into the pages through which other worlds of imagination can be seen. In this way the text of the graphic novel sets the exhibition within a wider context of narrative, adventure and dream, incorporating images of the works in the main gallery into an examination through story of ambiguity, dissolution and change.
This show is pivotal in the development of Nick Malone’s art, from earlier, structured work such as his exhibition Balkan Earth for the British Council Greece, through his manipulated canvases of liquid acrylic, to these radical, new constructions with soundscape, text and narrative.
* Part of this text is taken from Nick Malone’s prizewinning book Jason Smith’s Nocturnal Opera, written with the support of Arts Council England and published by the Cinnamon Press
Nick Malone took his MA in Fine Art at Central St. Martins; he currently lives and works in London
He has exhibited extensively in London and internationally and his work is represented in a number of collections, including the British Council Greece, The University of Wisconsin, BUPA, WestLB, Granville Holdings, GlaxoSmithKline and One Aldwych.
Nick Malone has received an Arts Council England Award to support him in the development of his creative work, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
This exhibition will feature a series of new paintings inspired by the in-the-making graphic novel The Disappearance of Makepiece – A Tale of Two Lives
Catalogue available with a foreword by Anna McNay.