Art / 19 Jul 2018

Story | Cob Gallery

Cob Studios was established in 2011 by gallerist Victoria Williams and playwright Polly Stenham. Initially conceived as an artistic project space.

Cob Studios was occupied by young and acclaimed writers, designers and fine artists including Luke Edward-Hall, Tristan Pigott, Fee Greening and Rachel Chudley.

In 2016 Williams alongside curator Cassie Beadle, launched a full gallery programme that supports or represents new, emerging and mid-career London-based talent in the visual arts, offering an inclusive and nourishing platform for artists to develop their practice.

Presenting a blend of debut, solo and collaborative exhibitions, the gallery hosts a diverse, provocative and distinctive programme of artistic activity.

Artists to have worked and exhibited here, who have frequently gone on to enjoy international recognition, have included figures like NoƩmie Goudal, Katie Paterson, Phoebe Collings-James.

Curatorial collaborations have include James Putnam, Antonia Marsh (Soft Opening), Roxie Warder (Saatchi Gallery) and Natasha Hoare (Goldsmiths Center for Contemporary Art).

Cob Gallery represents artists including Faye Wei Wei, Cat Roissetter, Alba Hodsoll, Nina Mae Fowler, Joe Sweeney, and Jason Shulman.

Jason Shulman: A sculptor whose work extends into photography, film and painting

His work is frequently occupied with themes of analgesia, loss and the delusiveness of perception. Utilising optics and other simple scientific methods, he brings an atmosphere of experimentation to his absorbing photographic prints, pen-and-ink and mixed-media works, exposing the falsehoods that underpin our everyday experience of the physical world.

Shulman's 'Photographs of Films' - a series of photographs which record the entire duration of a film in a single exposure - were debuted by Cob Gallery in 2016, and he has exhibited at institutions including White Cube and at the Moscow Biennale.

Lorena Lohr: Canadian-British photographer

Strangeness and familiarity come together in the photographs of Lorena Lohr. Travelling around the American Southwest by train, Greyhound bus and on foot periodically since 2010, her journey through nameless streets and forgotten highways is documented in the ongoing series 'Ocean Sands'.

Fleeting landscapes and unexpected moments stand still as she passes through each new place. The experience of the unknown, together with the heightened sensations of both wonderment and fear that come with it, is embraced in Lohr's focus on the neglected interiors and faded facades that populate much of America.

By casting her eye on their overlooked details, she shows what it means to see even the most ubiquitous of spaces with unfamiliar eyes, serving as a continual reminder of her own status as a visitor. Recurring motifs in her study of the layered histories of vernacular space, they suggest at once the allure of the exotic and the sadness of unfulfilled dreams. An undercurrent of desire, aspiration and loneliness emerges, as fantasy and reality intermingle in her framing of surfaces and textures.