Captain Lightfoot: Strange Loop


An exhibition featuring works by:
Anneli Holmström | Emma Pratt | Kadie Salmon | Petter Solberg

About the exhibition:
Strange Loop is a group exhibition by UK collective Captain Lightfoot. In collaboration with gallery Babel, Captain Lightfoot will present new works by its threefounders, Anneli Holmström, Emma Pratt and Kadie Salmon alongside Norway based artist Petter Solberg. Strange Loop, will explore the concept of symbolism and narrative in relation to sculptural form. The focus will be on the individual object: exploring the shifting narrative structures present within sculptures and their occupied space. To do this the invited artists will consider how the assemblage and alteration of physical components within an artwork affects and distorts its inherent symbolic components. Like words in a sentence, that when reshuffled, form new meanings, the show strives for a curatorial device to examine the transient state of narrative in relation to the sculptural form itself: by means of a physical process.The new works of each artist will be reassembled daily over the course of the exhibition, inviting viewers to re-visit the shifting works and forge new readings from each new alteration.

About the project:
Strange Loop is the second of two shows supported by The Henry Moore Foundation. The exhibition has developed and grown from its show early in the year at Gallery EX14 in Dresden, Germany.

About the artists:
Anneli Holmström graduated with a Masters from Edinburgh College of Art in 2009 and is currently based in Edinburgh. Since graduating Holmström has attained residencies in Venice, Chicago, Finland, China, Orkney and Norway and Portugal, exhibiting in both group and solo shows at home and internationally. She is the recipient of several artistic awards, including RSA Residencies for Scotland, Barns Graham travel Award, Svenska Kulturfonden, Hope Scott Trust and Andrew Grant Bequest, with works housed in collections in China, Finland, Scotland as well as Tate Archives in London.
Holmströms practice centers’ upon the painted medium, specifically, considering howit can be used as an investigative tool to consider wider themes of ‘self’. This objective is approached through a reflection on the mediums relationship to authorship, and how it may be used as a visual device to depict collective spaces of memory and desire. Ultimately her work strives for a visual language that fuses the familiarity of everyday spaces and objects with the esoteric privacy of a psychological world.

Emma Pratt is a Scottish artist currently living and working in Edinburgh from her studio at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Since Graduating with a BA in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee in 2004 and later with an MFA in Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art in 2009, Emma has exhibited in the UK and internationally. Selected exhibitions include Reclaimed: The Second Life of Sculpture, The Briggait, Glasgow (part of Glasgow International), The Usher, Galleri Gro, Jakobstad, Finland (2015); All Streets Lead to Somewhere Else, MyAtelier, Rome (2012). Recent awards include Edinburgh Visual Arts Award (2014), Edinburgh Art Festival Bursary (2014) and the Hope Scott Trust Award (2013). Emma has her work held in private collections in Rome, Milan, Dublin and Edinburgh. Emma mainly works with sculpture; using a variety of medium. Taking an intuitive and self-mutating approach, emerging in the detail are suggestions of limbs, semi-familiar objects and undecipherable artefacts. Works are generally composed of an eclectic mix of crudely made objects and hybrid forms.

Kadie Salmon is a Scottish artist (b. 1986) currently living and working in London. Since graduating with an MFA in Sculpture in 2009 at Edinburgh College of Art, Kadie has exhibited in the UK and internationally, with her most recent exhibition at Place and Platform as part of Edinburgh Art Festival (2016) and with upcoming Solo exhibition at New Art Projects, London (2017). Kadie often collaborates with curatorsand/or artists to create site specific installations, projects and exhibitions. In 2015 Kadie co-curated the exhibition Concrete Fictions at New Art Projects with Fred Mann, which brought together the work of 4 artists exploring the expanding role of narrative in contemporary art. Kadie has received awards, funding and residencies for her work which continue to aid the development of her practice: with most recent support from The Eaton Fund and The Hope Scott Trust. Kadie recently returned from a 6 week research residency at LKV,Trondheim in June and is currently an artist in residence at The Florence Trust, London. Kadie re-constructs romanticised tableaux through the use of photography and made-models which are manipulated back in to a sculptural form. Her own image often haunts her work, evoking enigmatic private fantasies.

Petter Solberg is a visual artist currently based in Norway. His work includes sculpture, painting, poetry and animation. Since graduating with an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art in 2010, Solberg has exhibited in both group and solo shows home and internationally, and has participated in residencies in Norway, Denmark and Germany. Much of Solberg’s work is created in a state of ambivalence where the process keeps shifting between different media and materials, and where different ideas and narrative possibilities are explored. The works often consider different aspects of contemporary culture and society, usually expressed within fictional narrative contexts. Solberg’s poetry has been featured in publications in Scandinavia and the UK.

About Captain Lightfoot:
Captain Lightfoot is the name given to an artist-run collective seeking to create collaborative opportunities for artists who are interested in exploring creative approaches to exhibition making. With an aim to share, discuss and instigate new research and knowledge between its invited artistic collaborators and audiences. Formed in 2012 the core collective (Anneli Holmstrom, Emma Pratt and Kadie Salmon), have worked together in collaboration with various arts organisations, universities and galleries to instigate exhibitions, presentations and workshops. Captain Lightfoot are particularly interested in the role of the viewer and how artwork is experienced in an exhibition. The collective employ playful and often performative methods in their projects, such as leading the viewer with timed lighting through theirblacked-out exhibition The Usher or manically altering, re-shuffling and re-making artworks throughout the duration of their exhibition Strange Loop. Guided viewings of the exhibition, artworks disappearing and emerging from the dark or morphing andchanging from day to day: the viewer plays an important role as both participant and witness in the collectives projects. Previous exhibitions have included No Heroics, Please at the Crypt Gallery in London, Captain Lightfoot, Presents as part of Edinburgh Art Festival, The Usher at Galleri Gro in Finland and most recently the first exhibition of Strange Loop in Dresden, Germany.

Artist talk @ Babel, 4 December @ 2pm