The Creative Jedis:
Alex Chinneck – (www.alexchinneck.com)
London-based artist Alex Chinneck takes sculpturally complex routes to arrive at playful visual moments. Exploring the space between art, theatre and architecture he is inspired by the landscapes of London’s industrial peripheries. He reworks their powerful aesthetics and aims to find new and ambitious applications for everyday construction materials.
The unrefined materials of basic construction are given a second life. Removed from their utilitarian context they are reshaped and enlivened with new purpose and appearance.
Jess De Wahls – (www.jessdewahls.com)
Born in 1983 in Berlin, Jess relocated to London in 2004.
A professional stylist and untrained but passionate artist, she followed her need for creating through several disciplines, mostly involving portraiture.
Dipping into the praxis of Acrylic and oil painting,- ink,-pencil-and ballpoint pen drawing, Pyrography, -story boarding,-Tattoo design and sewing little Monster creatures out of recycled clothing, Jess ultimately found her niche – Retex sculpting.
The subjects of feminism, gender equality as well as the environmental issue of recycling have become an integral part of her art and future exhibitions will in part serve as a platform to raise a greater awareness.
Her Solo exhibitions include shows at Soho Theatre in 2009, her sell-out show ‘Monsters and Ink’ in 2011 at the Resistance Gallery and most recently in 2014 #bigswingingovaries, the first major exhibition of Retex-sculpture which was successfully crowd funded as well as curated by Jess herself.
Major group show involvements include “The museum of Everything” at the Turbine Hall of the Tate modern as well as Sweet’Art Show #1 at the Crypt Gallery #SEAMS at the Hoxton Arches Gallery, as well as ‘Guilty Pleasure’ at Juno in Shoreditch.
Philip Levine – (www.philsays.com)
London born artist Philip Levine started using his head as a canvas for creativity back in 2006 when he began to go bald. Using it as a form of artistic expression, Philip’s art aims to give out a social message and has inspired many men, women and children who are affected by something negative in their life to embrace their problem and use it in a positive way through art and creativity. Philip’s debut exhibition ‘Headism’, sponsored by Gillette, showcased head designs that have now become iconic around the world. This creative art form has won him a place in both Time Out’s Culture 100 and The Observer Future 500. His works have been part of Phaidon’s publication ‘Wild Art‘ and displayed in numerous locations including Somerset House alongside artists Damien Hirst, Gabriel Dawe, Hugo Dalton and Georgia Russell.
Philip’s exhibitions aren’t limited to gallery installations; he has been living art in the Victoria & Albert Museum, BBC Media Centre, Somerset House, The Roundhouse and internationally including The Art Museum of Estonia, Kumu, and Helsinki City Art Museum, Finland. Meanwhile, his workshops and talks on performance and creativity have been much in demand at The Tate Modern, Central Saint Martins, University College London and the BBC Worldwide Creative Summit.
Sasha Damjanovski – (www.orev.co.uk)
Sasha C. Damjanovski is a writer, producer and director. His credits include feature film, broadcast drama, theatre, dance and drama shorts as well as commercial work. He has won awards for both his writing and directing work, and enjoyed enthusiastic audience reactions and critical acclaim. Sasha’s first feature film was the critically acclaimed dance drama, DANCE WITH ME, released theatrically in 2010. The award-winning short comedy, GREEN PAGES, was also a remarkable experiment – a 17 minute, single-take adaptation of the phone book, whilst more-recently, the sci-fi short drama, DEFINING FAY, has also won awards and secured a development deal to be adapted into a feature film. In theatre, Sasha wrote and directed the sci-fi romantic comedy, PROJECT SNOWFLAKE, which delighted London audiences and won much critical acclaim including 4 star reviews from TimeOut and Exeunt Magazine. Sasha’s next play, THE EMPEROR AND THE LINGUIST, is a commission for a Dutch theatre company and his next feature film, an Irish black comedy, DEATH INC is slated to shoot in July next year.
Spritz Creative – (www.spritz.co)
London based agency Spritz Creative, formed in 2003, is situated in the capital’s most creative and ethnically diverse area, Whitechapel. Its employees have made the journey to Spritz from counties as far flung as Australia, Hungary, France and from Asia to work in this international lifestyle branding agency.
Spritz is the forum for the expression of creative zeal. Having worked with international companies from Denmark to Dubai, together their cultural diversity forms a rich tapestry of contemporary thinking. Thus our clients avail themselves of the international language that is modern design. Our solutions deliver clear branding and retail strategies.
Andrzej Klimowski – (www.rca.ac.uk/more/staff/andrzej-klimowski)
Andrzej Klimowski is a graphic artist and a designer of theatre, opera and film posters. He is an international illustrator of book covers and press and magazine illustrations and an author of graphic novels (publishers include Faber & Faber and SelfMadeHero). His research interests are in narrative, investigating new relationships between text and image.
Born of Polish parents in London in 1949, Klimowski trained at the Saint Martin’s School of Art before studying at the Academy of Fine Art and working professionally in Warsaw. His east-European legacy deeply influences his work. From the late 1970s he designed posters and book jackets – including novels by PG Wodehouse , Simon Louvish, Lionel Shriver, Milan Kundera and Kazuo Ishiguro – and illustrations, TV graphics and animation, following his particular of from examples of his ‘Polish School’ design.
The early twentieth century photo-collagists, Surrealism, Dada and Expressionism have been an influence on part of his work, but he has developed his own personal style with a combination of fantasy, anxiety, ambiguity and eroticism which keeps his works from becoming pastiche. He is the current head of illustration at the RCA, His work includes short films, illustrations and books, including Lo Sguardo Deviato (The Deflected Gaze), and most recently The Secret. His work has recently been the subject of a retrospective at the Theatre Museum in London.
Daniel Regan – (www.danielregan.com)
Daniel Regan is a London based artist & photographer whose work often focuses on themes of recovery, psychology and mental health. He is also an accomplished and versatile portrait photographer.
Daniel completed a BA in Photography at the University of Brighton in 2006 and completed his MA in Photography at London College of Communication in 2013 with his project Insula. He lives in London with his two cats, Pixel & Salvador.
As well as these guests, there will be input from philosophers and psychologists looking at creativity in their own field of work. They will support the flow of discussion and aim to provide ideas from which the debate can thrive.