Space in Between
London, E8 4QN

30 January 16 – 27 February 16
James Irwin & Lilah Fowler

Space In Between will present a collaborative exhibition of new work by James Irwin & Lilah Fowler to commence their 2016 programme. Considering today’s landscape as a cartographic human-made structure – where technology is the ink, or maybe even the paper – How the mind comes to be furnished addresses the physical, intangible and often hidden infrastructures of this landscape. Drawing on materials such as the architecture of remote data centres and the pattern of radio wave oscillations as they translate data activity, the collage of works on show treats the horizontal landscape as an immaterial networked space.

Having been brought together by Space In Between and invited to experiment with, and elaborate on, areas of research and interest within their practices, James Irwin & Lilah Fowler have created a collaborative sound piece, which gives the title to the show. How the mind comes to be furnished makes visible the invisible chatter of data that surrounds us, as the physical nature of the material world captured as a recording of wind turbine blades is disrupted by the data stream of local Wi-Fi networks.

This work will create an environment in which a collection of other works are shown including: a digested rock sample contained in a glass vial; a print made using the raw data of a file that has an image encrypted within it; a suspended solar panel that rests on a grid powering, when it can, a small cooling fan. These experiments and disparate instances of transformation together explore how seemingly distant forces might shape or furnish our consciousness.

James Irwin is a visual artist living and working in London. He graduated with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art from Newcastle University in 2005, and went on to complete an MFA in Computational Studio Arts at Goldsmith’s between 2008-2010. He was awarded the 2012 Emerging Artists Bursary Award by the Royal British Society of Sculptors, and has exhibited widely across the UK since 2005. The most recent of his four solo shows, Binary Translations, was shown at Space In Between in 2013 and recent group shows include; Generator | Systems, Logic and the Analogue Art of Programming, Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks (Curated by Saturation Point), 2015; Flat Art, William Benington Gallery, London, 2015; Head Grammar (Project LALO), Transition, London and Weekend, Los Angeles, 2014; Fabric (curated by Janne Malmros), Oriel Sycharth Gallery, Wrexham, 2014. He is represented by Space In Between.

Lilah Fowler lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibitions include Which pixel am I standing on, Maria Stenfors, London 2015; Passage and pair, Maria Stenfors, 2013 and Lilah Fowler. Circles, props and edges, Siobhan Davies Studios, London, 2013. She was artist in residence at Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University, China, 2014 and at Joshua Tree Desert Highlands Residency, California, USA in 2013. Recent group shows include; PURE LIGHT, The Museum Vasarely and the Open Structures Art Society, Budapest; INTRO, Clement&Schneider, Germany 2015; hmn, event curated by Anne Tallentire and Chris Fite-Wassilak, West India Quay, 2015 and Plastik, Clement&Schneider, Cologne, Germany, 2014. She is currently working on public commissions in London’s Tottenham Court Road and the centre of Bristol, and she teaches at the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Lilah Fowler last showed with Space In Between in 2011. She is represented by Maria Stenfors, London and Clement&Schneider, Bonn.

Space In Between (SIB) is an established contemporary art gallery, specialising in commissioning new work from early careers artists. The gallery represents 10 artists whilst working with other artists, writers and curators on a project-by-project basis.

More information: www.spaceinbetween.co.uk

Geode - Copyright James Irwin & Lilah Fowler for How the mind comes to be furnished at Space In Between, 2016
Geode – Copyright James Irwin & Lilah Fowler for How the mind comes to be furnished at Space In Between, 2016
Snowcrash - Copyright James Irwin & Lilah Fowler for How the mind comes to be furnished at Space In Between, 2016
Snowcrash – Copyright James Irwin & Lilah Fowler for How the mind comes to be furnished at Space In Between, 2016
Vial of Rock - Copyright James Irwin & Lilah Fowler for How the mind comes to be furnished at Space In Between, 2016
Vial of Rock – Copyright James Irwin & Lilah Fowler for How the mind comes to be furnished at Space In Between, 2016