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Laura Eldret: 'Gotas'

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Saturday, 10 October 2015 to Monday, 16 November 2015
Friday, 9 October 2015 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

Opening reception: Friday, 9 October, 6 – 8 PM

Press preview with the artist Laura Eldret: Friday 9 September, 12 – 5 PM

Annka Kultys is pleased to present the gallery’s first exhibition with Laura EldretGOTAS features recent works by the London-based artist, known for production of materials and events as a process of social exchange.

GOTAS groups together motif-laden textiles, tapestries, banners and floor markings. Central to the exhibition is RECEIPTS OF EXCHANGE (2015), a series of rugs made by Zapotec weavers in Oaxaca, Mexico. The rug’s designs are the result of a series of discussions with the rug-makers over a number of months, and reflect on social codes and pleasures in the community : tensions between tradition and modernity, custom and individuality, expectation and opinion. For example, one rug depicts a series of bells and TV screens, drawing on an incident that occurred in the pueblo on the Day of the Dead involving the simultaneous encounter of an older technology (bells) and a more modern one (television). The pieces are hung and draped from a series of large frames that appear to tumble across the space.

Additional works include the rug work SPEAKERS (2015) as well as a series of backdrops and new version of Eldret’s floor piece RITUAL LINES (2011–ongoing).

The rugs were catalysts for building relationships with individuals and experiments in how sociability can be recorded in fabric form. The exhibition title is taken from the new work GOTAS (2015), a large banner piece featuring marks appropriated from the Zapotec rug designs. ‘Gotas’ is Spanish for ‘drops’ and is used to describe a repeated motif prevalent in Zapotec rug design. In one of Eldret’s first design conversation with one weaver, the ‘gotas’ was transformed into an open symbol with different possible meanings : they could literally represent the rain in London, or they also could be read as the stars in Oaxaca’s night sky. In her new work, Eldret imagines the ‘gotas’ as a transnational muster point, a node where ideas can be communicated in an open, playful and mutable dialogue.

GOTAS explores real and imagined social exchanges, the social value of fabric in relationship to esoteric cultural practices, and the entwinement of everyday life and fantasy. It reflects on the history of textiles in forging trans-regional connections and engages with the use of design motifs as a tool for cultural branding, mimesis and affect.

For all press enquiries and to RSVP to the October 9 press preview, please contact Teresa Ortoleva at press@annkakultys.com or +44 20 3302 6070

Artist ( Description ): 

Exploring social formats and looking at divergent aspects of how groups of people gather, Laura Eldret has an ongoing interest in contrasts between free action, rule-bound behaviour and reiterations (repetition as a process of refinement). Her works can be seen as records and experiments in how sociability can be proposed and recorded in material form.

She creates imagined settings for a muster of disparate individuals, a symbolic and imagined social mash- up. She primarily works on projects developed over many years, and which span a broad range of media, including video, drawing, fabric work, installations, and live events held in gallery and public spaces. Her new works address fabric as a cultural form, reflecting on its ability to wrap, comfort, soften, shield, conceal, and display.

Eldret was born in 1982 in Macclesfield, UK. She lives and works in London and earned her BA Fine Art Painting from Wimbledon School of Art, London in 2004. She has been granted awards and residencies from Artists International Development Fund and Camden Arts Centre, and was commissioned by South London Gallery in 2013, producing Rough Play, a film and installation research project exploring the role of play fighting.

She has exhibited in many solo and group exhibitions, including shows at: ICA, London; Ikon, Birmingham; Drawing Room, London; Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea; Crown Street Gallery, Darlington; Jerwood Project Space, London; Glasgow International; Tannery Arts, London; Camden Arts Centre, London; Musée des Beaux-arts de Nantes, France; BALTIC, Gateshead; and Five Hundred Dollars, London.

Eldret has given talks and taught at many institutions, including: Artquest, London; Nantes School of Art, France; SLG, London; Wimbledon School of Art, London; Arts University Bournemouth; and Norwich University College of Arts.

Venue ( Address ): 

472 Hackney Road | Unit 3, 1st Floor | London E2 9EQ

Tube | Bethnal Green | 

Viewing Hours | Wed – Sat | 12 – 6 pm | or by appointment during office hours

Office Hours | Mon-Sat | 11 am – 6 pm

ANNKA KULTYS is located in East London on the 1st floor above the Maury Sewing Machine Company.


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