There was something quite unique about Mengqi He’s ways of perceiving religion and spiritual experience and we wanted to give the artist the opportunity to talk about her work in our Exhibition "Codes Of Faith".
Mengqi He took her inspiration from Heart Sutra, the Buddhist wisdom about life and death. It explored ways to approach satisfaction, as well as ways to relieve the pains of daily life. The lightness and the connection between religion and religious texts are key areas of interest which she looks to explore.
From her work in Laura’s gallery, we could read her ways of understanding religion: human lives are meaningless, the emptiness inside our bodies are like a toy with strings around joints; once the strings are cut, bodies would naturally fall apart.
The weight of air inside balloons represents human bodies, which die out quick; writings are like our individual souls. Once our bodies decayed, souls will eventually be released back into the ground - just like the poem she repeatedly wrote in Chinese calligraphy.
Existence of humans:
Human and animal presence is positive, interactive, and manipulative, unlike objects made from nature, which are still and innocent. However, humans, like other objects, can be manipulated through the environment, nature and thoughts.
Humans are just like toys with strings, dancing around tables. But somehow, religion is also part of human existence, and without human existence, we would not know if religion would ever exist.
Watch this fantastic journey of one of our exhibiting talented artists, Kaat Stieber from the moment she first creates the artwork until the moment when she arrives at our gallery in Barking.The work is now available to see and purchase until the 20th of December 2017 only at Laura I. Gallery .
We were so happy with the turnout at the exhibition. Along with music from star singer songwriter Justin Coultrup, an amazing speech from Cllr. Saima Ashraf and the emotional speech from our very own gallery owner and curator Laura Iosifescu, the evening was a resounding success.
In Laura's own words, "This exhibition isn’t just about exhibiting fantastic art. This exhibition is about bringing people together from different cultures and backgrounds, and the event was a great success from this point of view."
Guests had attended the exhibition from as far afield as France and America, saying as it was such a unique event, they had to see it for themselves.
Laura continued, "The next step is to encourage people to give even more support to the artists in the exhibition, because they are extremely talented. Without sharing their work, and buying their work, these artists cannot continue spreading the joy around the world. Life is tough, but in spite of all the challenges they put themselves out there. They make themselves vulnerable with their all heart, so they can make this world a better place."
In fact, Laura was herself deliberating about whether to speak about her own experiences, some of which were painful and kept secret for many years. Sometimes it is easier to remain detached, however she showed her humanity by sharing her story on the night, despite feeling nervous.
She said, "Even though I found it very difficult to talk about things that are very personal to me, I knew that I must act like a leader. I put myself out there first, exposed. I wanted people to understand that they are not just looking at an object in our exhibition - what they are seeing is a vision, experiencing an ideal, and meeting a real person."
She continued, "It is easy to talk about insignificant things like the weather, or other day to day aspects of our lives, but faith is the most personal one. Faith is the spiritual foundation of every living person on this planet. That's what makes us human, not machines."
When looking at these artworks, the intention is for the viewer to see the person behind the work - to listen to their story, and find for ourselves compassion for that person. As Laura puts it, "Taking consideration for another person in spite of our differences is one of the most beautiful qualities about being human."
The exhibition ends on the 20th of December so there is still plenty of time to visit and see it for yourself. Please don’t forget to let us know about your visit in advance so we can make sure you receive a proper greeting. You can view images from last night's private viewing on our website here.
All the photos were taken by the talented photographer Przemek Sekula. We had such a fantastic time and Przemek have provided us with the perfect keepsakes; He truly has captured all the special moments, the emotions... and the event atmosphere beautifully. www.shamackphotography.co.uk
We have lots of beautiful gifts in store at the gallery if you're looking for inspiration for Christmas presents, including gorgeous handmade jewellery by Kavitha, striking prints, inspirational paintings, Viorela 3D mesmerizing cards, right through to magical and unique handmade Christmas baubles by our very own Laura Iosifescu, who is accepting commissions for bespoke baubles to order. See how these baubles are made by clicking here and get your commission in quick!
Meet the very talented and original Sarah Hill ,one of our prize winning artists of a free studio space provided by the amazing sponsors Icehouse Quarter in collaboration with Roof Property LLP.
Sarah`s practice focuses on drawing and performance.
Her unusual mode of performing captivated us and provoked huge curiosity among our visitors .
Here is our interview with her:
What was your opinion of the exhibition? It was upbeat, positive, well curated and diverse. I liked seeing and hearing the artists personally speak about their works at the Artist Talks event which happened on Saturday 9th September 2017.
What did the prize mean to you? I was very happy to be chosen, and this opportunity was a privilege. I kept a small separate sketchbook of my time in the studio space from the beginning to the end of the experience, so I could record what happened each day.
How did you use the opportunity? I have been drawing, writing and thinking a lot inside the space, on every possible day that I could come to the studio.
What did you like most about the space? I enjoyed the river views, the location which is near the town centre of Barking, the size of the studio space and the high amount of natural light in the space. It was also very quiet and I could concentrate fully. Occasionally I saw some of the other business occupants in the building and they were very friendly.
What have you created in the space? I have been working on two large scale drawings, which I would definitely not have had the space to work on in my bedroom where I live. One drawing I completed is 120cm x 180cm, and the roll of paper I am working on at the moment is 1.5m x 10m.
What is your work about? My drawings are quite obsessive, monochrome, detailed and include text. Any performance work I do is an extension of, or influenced by, my drawings.
What are your plans for the future? I will shortly be moving into a shared studio space in north London, and will be continuing with the work I have been focusing on at The Malthouse. Also, since we are nearing the end of the year, I am going to self reflect on what has happened this year with my artwork, and then plan for next year.
How this experience helped your career? This is the first time that I have used a studio space as a graduate, as I have previously only used studio spaces in a Higher Education context as a student. So this experience will help me transition to my next studio space, and has gave me the chance to think about what I can use a studio space for, and which ways I work best.
Is anything else you would like to say? Thank you very much to Laura and Rooff Ltd for this opportunity. I have really enjoyed my time in the Malthouse (Studio 7), and it was nice to be only a stone's throw away from Laura's gallery too.
BUY ART FOR YOUR OFFICE
Picture it; you step into reception and see a garden art mural. What does this tell you about the company?Daring,adventurous,authentic ,relaxed ,confident, exciting, revolutionary perhaps? Or instead there’s a piece of vibrant and colourful modern art on the wall. Are they now upbeat, energised, cutting edge? How about a unique perspective on the surrounding area - established, a part of the community? It’s for this reason that more and more companies, both big and small, have turned to art to create an encouraging, exciting workplace, fuel their creativity and express their individual personality and values.
Sparked partly by the need to create and express a recognisable brand that customers, clients and employees alike can relate to, art has now become an extension of business - acting as an explanation, introduction and motivator that also enhances the workspace, all in a way that requires no lengthy descriptions and which anyone can understand. With the right approach, walking into a meeting suddenly becomes exciting. For the client meanwhile, leaving that meeting becomes an affirming experience – underlining that they are indeed doing business with the right people.
The list of companies using art to express, encourage and promote their brand shows just how seriously it’s being taken – including HSBC, Panasonic, IBM, UBS and Deutsche Bank to name just a few, whilst Google has said, “Our mission is to create amazing work environments that help our people perform at their very best each and every day.” Despite the potential rewards however, many companies still fear investing in art, seeing it as a risky move, or perhaps worried about tackling a subject they know little or nothing about.
This is why using an art gallery to begin your collection or improve and enhance your space can really pay off. By bringing years of experience and a trained eye to play on your behalf, they can help select work that expresses who you are, encouraging and promoting your brand in a way that demonstrates what you stand for and how you want to be perceived by clients, customers and employees alike, as well as improving your cultural reputation in the community and creating a meaningful work environment.
Laura I. Gallery assists clients by offering a multitude of solutions and finding the option that suits you best - from trade sales, to art rental schemes or dressing individual spaces.
Art works on many levels - make it work for you.
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The young Laura I. Gallery once again takes the lead in the art business and reserves a place in the finalist’s table at the prestigious Thames Gateway Business Awards. The announcement follows a demanding judging process in which the judges will be visiting our gallery to see for themselves the quality of our work we represent and hear more about our visions to make a change in the community and beyond.
Laura Iosifescu said: “It is wonderful to have been recognised by the judges in this way. This is a great endorsement of the efforts and commitment we put in every single project we run in the gallery.”
This nomination is a statement that success follows passion in spite of challenges and it is a privilege and hopefully an inspiration for thousands of people that wish to pursue their dreams.
We are now all looking forward to welcoming the judges to our gallery, so that we can show them the difference we make in people's lives with our creative work.
The winners of the Thames Gateway Awards will be announced at a prestigious ceremony at the East Wintergarden in Canary Wharf on 27 October 2017.
Now That`s What I Call Art -Private View
All the credits for the photos goes to the talented :Daura Alytiene .https://www.dauragasiunaite.
We are so pleased to invite you to our special exhibition “Now That's What I Call Art” on September 7th 2017.
Over 40 different artists will be celebrated for their talent, commitment and passion for art.
Our amazing sponsors Icehouse Quarter in collaboration with Roof Property LLP and Barking Enterprise Centre will be selecting our winners on the night. The prizes include free studio spaces and free mentoring sessions to three artists. These generous sponsors will be there to assist the winners and help them along the way.
With a lovely speech from Laura Iosifescu about the event and live performance from special guests, music and drinks the evening is guaranteed to be the gem in our community.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there and discovering the coolest pioneering artists of today. This is also a great chance to add new art to your existing collection or to build a new one.
As for the artists, this is your chance to be acknowledged for your talent, effort, devotion and sacrifice. Because the passion for art changes people’s heart and that is the first step to revolutionize the world.
Please book your free ticket to ensure we’re able to cater for everyone who wants to attend.
List of Participating Artists:
Cherish Marie Marshall
Hye young, Yoon
Krum Petkov Sharankov
Barry Lee Amey
Jane Rosemary Ostler-Barnett
Veronica Umoetuk t/a Tehila Designs
Laura H. Elliott
Madeleine RETIF ZWEIFEL
Laura Ana Maria Iosifescu
We look forward to seeing you on September 7th, 2017.
The question all artists are asking themselves is simple:
How can I increase my chances of being selected in art exhibitions, calls, and other art competitions?
To answer that, it’s important to understand that the discipline require to create art is no different than what it takes to market, sell, and showcase it to potential buyers and art lovers.
Before you apply for any such opportunity, ask yourself why you need to be a part of a particular exhibition. In other words, make an effort to understand how it could affect your career prospects.
Before you can answer that, make sure you know what you want:
· Do you want to sell your work?
· Do you want to inspire the world with your art and showcase it?
· Could their prizes help your practice progress?
In this article, we would like to help you answer these questions and help you take the right decision.
It’s a known fact that it only takes a person to change your life completely. So, it’s important that you do showcase your art as much as possible anywhere you can, within the boundaries of your financial capabilities.
Being featured in any exhibition or display affords you better chances to be discovered; hiding your work in a studio space does not.
Being part of an exhibition can help you meet people and open new doors for you: new collaborations with artists, networking with professionals, friendships with art lovers.
While not everyone you meet will have an interest in purchasing your work, their support will still be an asset along the way. Feedback is the most priceless gift you can get.
The power of word-of-mouth should not be underestimated. A fine word of encouragement along with a recommendation to a friend or manager could potentially create a chance to make a name for your practice.
It could also increase the chances of selling your art and creating even more opportunities for your art to be seen in other exhibitions and showcases.
Showcasing your art at all times is very important. Displaying it in a coffee shop is fine, but featuring it in a gallery will open up a lot more doors.
The gallery is one of the official professional voices in the art world. Collectors expect that a gallery has a fair knowledge of the art world and will act accordingly. Which means that if a gallery is willing to take a risk on an artist and agree to dedicate their resources in helping that artist, then they must be extraordinary.
In turn, everyone will be drawn to the artist and their work. We know for a fact that some of our artists – who previously had never had the chance to be exhibited in a gallery like ours – attracted a lot more interest after art professionals recognized their talents.
Now that we have established that it’s important to showcase your work anywhere, let’s see how you can increase your chances of having your work exhibited.
First of all, read their terms and conditions. We have had artists who submitted work in sizes bigger than we had requested. Despite the fact that their art was really good, we could not accommodate their work in our gallery.
In addition to that, make sure that the work is framed properly, if suitable. We have had work where the glass came off the frame, which resulted in damage to the frame.
As an artist, you are trying to leave behind a legacy. To accomplish that, you also need to make sure that the quality of your materials is exceptional. When you are trying to sell your work, you are expecting someone to treasure it for years to come; your materials must accommodate that and be in great condition.
If you want somebody to love your work as much as you do, then you must really show you love your work by presenting it in the best way possible.
Think of it like having a job interview and dressing in casual clothing, showing up at the meeting and expecting that everyone will love you for who you are. In an interview, you must present yourself at your best, as a professional.
That kind of selection has nothing to do with what you are actually capable of doing and what ideas are running in your head. Instead, it has everything to do with showing respect towards your art as well as to the people around you.
Take good pictures of your art when you submit it for consideration for an exhibition. Good quality pictures not only show your work in its best light but also show that you care about what you do.
It tells buyers and collectors that you take your career very seriously. Nobody wants to work with an artist who doesn’t show commitment and shows signs that they may give up in the future.
You must then be willing to be a part of a great show. You must show dedication and commitment to the event that you are applying for. Sharing a nice message about how important it is to be selected in the exhibition is going to take you a long way.
Your own job does not end the moment you bring your art in the art space. In fact, that’s only the beginning of the journey.
Think of how you are going to use that opportunity and start building connections, supporting others, and sharing each other’s work. All of those factors will define the success of your show, construct a profile of the type of artist you are, and demonstrate your visions and aspirations.
Don’t be dissuaded if you have already done all this and haven’t made it to an exhibition of your choice. You should keep trying because dedication is appreciated.
If your work fits our criteria for this exhibition, please apply now and get your work out there for people to see and recognize.
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Laura I.Gallery is throwing its doors open to host a series of innovative painting workshops to unleash the creative flames of the people of London. Sitting in the heart of Barking, Laura I.Gallery is making its mark on the art world with inspirational exhibitions such as 'Codes of Faith', an exhibition from over 30 artists celebrating diversity and promoting world peace. With visits from Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, and Darren Rodwell, Leader of Barking and Dagenham Council, the gallery is already attracting critical acclaim. These forward-looking and exciting workshops will inspire, connect and build confidence in the community to transform the lives of local residents.
Laura Iosifescu, the artist behind 'Blossom Escape', the first wearable art to be created from paint, hopes that these workshops will bring the Barking and Dagenham community together in a creative environment to explore place and identity, to develop an initiative to change the spirit of the local community through art. Where creativity may have been hidden, Laura aims to enable the local community to create, express and build self-esteem through the power of art.
Running twice a week, the workshops provide the backdrop for the community to express feelings, change attitudes and develop personal goals and skills through the process of painting. Under the watchful eye of Laura, a critically renowned professional artist, the local community will have the opportunity to come together to celebrate the diversity of Barking and Dagenham, with an exhibition planned at the end of the year to showcase the work of the community. Whether you are ready to pursue a degree, or a complete newbie who just wants to try out a new hobby, these workshops offer the opportunity for participants to explore their creativity and develop their own personal adventure whilst bringing the community together.
As part of the workshop program Laura will be running outdoor painting classes in the nearby nature reserve by the River Roding and Barking Abbey church to further bring the community together to appreciate the natural and urban environment in which they live.
With limited places of only 10 we would advise budding artists to book up early to avoid disappointment. For those booking for 3 months or more Laura I.Gallery will be offering special VIP deals that are too good to miss out on. These workshops offer an insight into Barking and Dagenham life that will continue to unfold long after the workshops have finished.
Quote of the day
"An artwork is a prophecy of possibilities"Laura Iosifescu