THE HOSPITAL CLUB GALLERY PRESENTS
ITS FULL 2016 EXHBITION PROGRAMME
EVERY THOUGHT COUNTS: ROBI WALTERS TRACES HIS REFLECTIONS ON
PSYCHOLOGY IN PAINTING
BRIAN DUFFY: A SUITE OF HIS PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE PIRELLI CALENDAR, AS WELL AS HIS ICONIC IMAGES OF DAVID BOWIE FROM THE ALADDIN SANE ALBUM SHOOT
PIONEERING INVENTOR, SCIENTIST AND AWARD WINNING AUTHOR IVAN MOSCOVICH PRESENTS HIS ‘HARMONOGRAMS’, FIRST PRODUCED FOR THE ICA IN 1968
CLUB TO HOST FIRST UK CRAFTS COUNCIL RESIDENCY
Following the huge success of the first exhibition of the year, the triumphant return of Rick Guest and Olivia Pomp’s ongoing project, What Lies Beneath – a series of stunning photographs of the world’s best ballet dancers – The Hospital Club presents a 2016 exhibition programme that cements its reputation as London’s leading club for creatives. The programme is made up of gallery shows that touch a number of creative sectors including fine art, design, craft, and photography, with a continued emphasis on innovation.
The 16th Bedroom (Feb 12-21) brings together contemporary artists championed by the club over the last 7 years – all of whom currently feature in the club’s 15 bedrooms. It brings together a range of talent including Rick Guest, Dominic Beattie (recipient of the recent UK/RAINE £10k painting prize), Julian Wild (vice president of the British Sculpture society) among others.
Every Thought Counts (March 24 – 27) marks a welcome return for artist Robi Walters, who has previously displayed mainly collage and multimedia at the club. This exhibition traces the reflections of his own personal psychology in his painting, and the topic more generally. It also features a panel discussion between the artist and several leading experts from the field of neuroscience and psychiatry. The panel will draw on themes dealing with the creativity and the mind, and discuss them in very conversational terms – questions such as “where in the brain does inspiration come from?”, “how do regular thoughts (positive or negative) become habits?”, “when does creativity become genius and genius, madness?” Experts participating in the panel to be announced.
Brian Duffy (April 29 – May 3): This exhibition features the work of one of the key avant-garde British figures of the 60s. Duffy was one of the few photographers to shoot three Pirelli Calendars (1965, 1973 and the Cinturato calendar, also in 1973). Duffy’s work with the 1973 calendar in collaboration with pop artist Allen Jones led to the ground-breaking airbrushing techniques that became part of the iconic Aladdin Sane album cover. Duffy shot five sessions with David Bowie and this exhibition will feature a selection of the Aladdin Sane images.
Hospital Club member Julia Noble (23 – 26 June) will present an exhibition of large scale multimedia paintings, as part of the club’s commitment to supporting its creative community. Her works tend to incorporate multiple processes, involving painting, embroidery and printmaking techniques.
In July/August, the club will host the first UK Crafts Council Residency (July 18 – Aug 29). The Crafts Council will inhabit the gallery space over a similar period for the next three years, with new work and specially produced limited editions exclusive to the club’s exhibition. The programme will also include various talks and events, curated by the Crafts Council in conjunction with the hospital club’s exhibition programmer, Ali Hillman. Details of the 2016 exhibition will be announced in the spring.
And finally, the Club is very proud to host an exhibition of work by pioneering inventor, scientist and award winning authorIvan Moscovich (Sep 22 – 25). The exhibition will feature a very limited body of work, his ground breaking kinetic art, called Harmonograms. They were first produced for a milestone exhibition at the ICA in 1968, Cybernetic Serendipity, which achieved record breaking attendance. They are rendered by an original invention created by Moscovich called the Harmonograph, a pendulum operated machine that formed the centre piece of the famous ICA show. Moscovich stopped making Harmonograms in the 70s, having exhibited internationally at International Design Centre, Berlin; Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City; Didacta Exhibition, Basel; Science Museum Tel Aviv to name a few.