My friend Nick has new show coming up. It is about time too – I’ve been seeing these Rorschach things hanging about in house and his studio for years now and I’m glad they have finally come together into something exciting. I can’t wait to see them.
As its inaugural exhibition Way East presents Stained; new work by artist Nick Kaplony in his first London solo show. Kaplony’s practice is concerned with inheritance and genetic predisposition, examining the extent to which emotional, mental as well as physical traits are carried down the family line: the cause and effect of family history.
Familial relations act as a motivation for Kaplony. He focuses on his parents, using them to create photographic images that invite the viewer to consider similarities between parents and offspring. Stained is the first exhibition of Transmitter/Receiver, a new body of work incorporating photography and drawing in a series of portraits suggesting a psychological correlation between the sitters. Direct reference to the family is abandoned in a new large-scale installation work utilising the iconography of the Rorschach print. Blackness is punctuated by neon dots that seem to flash in an unknown sequence, creating a potential but ambiguous relationship between individual images.
Nick Kaplony is a graduate of Camberwell College of Arts and has shown nationally in Manchester City Gallery and Gallery 1885 in London. He is also a member of the arts collective Slowfall Projects and has worked on a number of site specific projects including Ringing; St Augustine’s Tower, Hackney and at Woodbridge Chapel, London in collaboration with the Barbican.
Way East is a new contemporary art space run by artist and writer Russell Martin.
Wed 30 Jan – Sat 23 Feb
Private View: Tue 29 Jan