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FACIAL RECOGNITION

A two-person show by Eve Ackroyd and Melissa Jordan

Convoy Projects
Opens July 13, 6–9pm

Images from glossy magazines, newspapers and websites are at the basis of Eve Ackroyd and Melissa Jordan’s work. Via an intuitive, tactile process, subjects are reimagined and transported to otherworldly places and states in a series of intimate paintings and sculptures. 

In Ackroyd’s paintings, detached bodies emerge from shadows and planes of colour, liberated from the flattened forms of their source, they attempt to regain a stilted expression. Marks ripple through and encroach upon translucent torsos, they are both anchored and unhinged. 

Jordan’s Interface are process-led clay sculptures. The images bedded are dampened, creased and fractured; commonly circulated faces are seen anew, presenting like aged frescos. Her dense, felt prints Vowels are stripped back, mask-like faces that propose a moment of revelation. Throughout Jordan explores how the physicality of photographs can question the flatness of images and how we experience them in our internet-based lives.

Trapped in a state of conflict between the visual narratives of their new world and the expressive postures of their past, these paintings and sculptures exist in a remote place, caught in expressions of restlessness and desire.

 

Eve Ackroyd was born in Guildford in 1984, and lives and works in New York. She studied at Chelsea College of Art. Recent group shows include HEADS, Java Projects NYC, Dogs, Raymond Duck, NYC, Apollo on Earth, HILDE, LA, Nut, MAW, NYC all 2017, On Painting, Kent Fine Art, NY, Precious CTRL + SHFT, Oakland, CA, Whispers, Ronchini Gallery, London, all 2016 . Her work has been written about in I-D, AnOther, Dazed & Confused, Artsy and Hyperallergic.

 

Melissa Jordan was born in Cambridge in 1984, and lives and works in London. She studied at Chelsea College of Art and for her MA at Royal College of Art. Jordan was selected by Lynda Morris and Chris Rawcliffe for OUTPOST members’ show Norwich, 2016. Her solo show Hard Shoulder ran at the Hayward Gallery Concrete Café 2015; previous exhibitions include Ceri Hand Gallery, Liverpool and UP Gallery, Berlin. Printed works include solo publications for the Hayward Gallery bookshop; commissions for Lula magazine, Johnson magazine, Talc and CLASH.

 

Convoy Projects, 6 Creekside, London SE8 4SA 

Open 12-6 pm by appointment- 07973 629 128 

Show runs 14–22 July