Dreamweavers plots a strange and enchanting course through the world of dreams, nightmares and the imagination. It imagines a world with the lights turned off, where monsters come out to play and reality becomes a flickering memory.

The exhibition explores the contemporary preoccupation for the Fantastic through a range of national and international art practices, that are united by an enduring fascination with darkness and dark places. Dreamweavers is a multi-sensory experience that is more like entering another world than an art exhibition. It combines sculpture, digital media, photography and painting, in an intoxicating visual feast. Dreamweavers features the work of six artists: Aly Aitken, Eloise Calandre, James Gleeson (1915-2008), Adam Laerkesen, Sam Spencer, Joel Zika.

Dreamweavers

Gippsland Arts Gallery & NETS touring exhibition
2011-2013

 

2013 Western Plains Cultural Centre, New South Wales
2012 Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
2012 Redland Art Gallery, Queensland
2012 Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania
2012 Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmania
2012 Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
2011 Maitland Regional Gallery, New South Wales
2011 McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, Victoria
2011 Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale

In Your Face

ShowStudio, London
2012

 

Performances 3rd February 2012

 

"I think there are things that need to be changed about this world. And the first time I started becoming excited by art it was the art of propaganda: the idea of photography with a message, photography that was saying something. With this exhibition that’s what we’re really trying to ignite and bring to the forefront: art that speaks a message, art that is loud, art that is provocative." - Nick Knight…

The latest exhibition to be staged in the SHOWstudio Shop space, In Your Face is a jolt to the senses, colliding agitprop pieces from the world of fashion, fine art and film. The title reveals a duality, a reference to confrontation and also the immediately legible language of the portrait. Including works by artists, fashion designers and filmmakers who have engaged with the corporeal and the body as matter, the exhibition resonates in a wider politically universal sphere.

Brittleness

Maria Stenfors, London
2012

Maria Stenfors is proud to present Brittleness a curated group exhibition with six European artists.
In science and industry, we attempt to find the limits; what and when stress factors push something to breaking point, where the microscopic cracks start to develop, and at what point breaking become inevitable. This rigorous testing takes more interest in the state on either side of the event: it’s either functional, or broken. But the state of plasticity, existing between the two, is a relatively short point.
This show looks at how art is able to hold that moment. Different aspects of fragility, delicacy and destructiveness are here captured, holding what in a blink of an eyelid might have disappeared, gone forever. Each work ossifies a particular atmosphere, reveling in it the attempt to make it last while simultaneously wondering at its intangibility.
Moments of captured reflections through a beam of sun or a gust of the wind trace the tensions of that uneasy liminal moment and the potential stored within it.
Eloise Calandre
Into Which I Would Again
This single channel video will be showing on the Small Screen.
This work is from a series of time-based works, exploring a dialogue between still and moving imagery. Existing somewhere between the two platforms into which I would again shows fragments of a scene, ever changing through the movement of light across a seemingly still image. This body of work focuses on visual perception, experience and the complexities of separating imagination and memory.

Into which I would again

Screen Space Gallery, Melbourne
2011

Hold

Screen Space Gallery, Melbourne
2010

Hold brings together five contemporary artists whose works draw upon the interrelated histories of art and cinema and in so doing generate a tension between stillness and motion. For many of these artists the relationship between stillness and motion is not their primary concern. However, a focus on cinema has drawn each of the artists, in different ways, to generate this tension because stillness and motion have historically defined art and cinema respectively.

Interiors

Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne
2009

 

Selected Exhibitions

Interiors is curated by Simon Gregg and features video, sculpture, installation and photography from artists Eloise Calandre (UK), Jayne Dyer, Anna Gilby, Bonnie Lane, Clare Rae and Joan Cameron-Smith.


This group of international and local artists investigates psychological, architectural and social kinds of interiority. While architecture is a man-made construct, it is spaces that ultimately control us. Whether activity occurs within our home or within our mind, it is this irrevocable state of ‘within’ that guides our understanding of the outer world. Sometimes playful, at other times enigmatic and even sinister, these artists explore the subject with a range of approaches and media. They do not so much illuminate our interiors as they facilitate a dialogue between oppositional forces; the inside and the outside.

Light Divided

Blouin Foundation, London
2007

Since the Renaissance artists have been using extreme light and dark to create depth and drama, an effect that operates on both an aesthetic and psychological level. This distinct technique is called Chiaroscuro, an Italian term meaning ‘clear-dark’, a devices evinced by artists such as Caravaggio through to Rembrandt and more latterly in film noir right through to the photographs of Philip-Lorca DiCorcia and the installations of Noble and Webster.

In a less visually saturated age, the extremes of light and dark evoked the conflict between good and evil, life and death and the illumination of God in a sea of darkness. The dense, velvety black suggested the malevolent and unknown, including the viewer, who themselves were placed in the dark looking into the light. At the turn of this millennium, the symbolism of light and dark is inherently and universally understood and at the same time mediated by ubiquitous electrical light, not only as a medium in itself, but in relation to the idea of the flood-lit stage and film set. Today the notion of being “in the light” has moved from religious attainment to an aspirational goal of global attention and celebrity status. Here the dichotomy of light is that it can blind as well as illuminate, and as with Icarus, burn.

'Lighthouse' is one of many evocative terms claimed by cinema, often recurring within the sphere of arthouse film exhibition. There was once a Lighthouse Cinema in Dublin, soon to be revived in a newly subterranean form as the centrepiece of an urban renewal project. There are some odd points of connection between the worlds of cinema and coastline; like lighthouse keepers, film projectionists have gradually been displaced (or perhaps liberated) by automation. The name might also be particularly suited to arthouse film exhibition because the beacon of the lighthous serves both a welcoming landmark and a warning to stay away for those who are unfamiliar with the territory. The lighthouse caravan cinema, temporarily installed at the Old Truman Brewery in London's East End, plays with all of these assocations but also evokes an earlier moment in the history of cinema, a moment in which film pioneers competed with a range of alternative technological, commercial and artistic attractions. Located in a former industrial site, now reinvented as a space for commerce, culture and leisure, this Lighthouse is simultaneously private and public. The tiny caravan, accomodating two or three viewers at most, even recalls the private viewing machines that flourished prior to the invention of the nickelodeon and the confirmation of cinema as a definitively public form of entertainment.

Mothership Collective

South London Gallery, London
2006

 

Performance 25th Augst 2006

With Åbäke, Jamika Ajalon, Barby Asante & Andrea Encinas, Ansuman Biswas, David Blandy, Eloïse Calandre, Gayle Chong Kwan, Carl Clerkin, Charlie Dark, Kodwo Eshun, Martino Gamper, Intoart, Anthony Joseph, Lambeth Band of Solidarity, Harun Morrison & Helen Walker, Harold Offeh, Olivia Plender & Paul Richards, Julian Roberts, Urban Classicism, and Ming Wong.

Art and sci-fi meet in The Mothership Collective, a project devised by artist Harold Offeh. Offeh has invited fellow artists, dancers and musicians to create an installation and performances with members of the public inspired by the music of George Clinton and Sun-Ra.

 

Lighthouse

House Projects. Old Truman Brewery, London
2007

CV/Resume

Lives and works in Brighton & London

Employment
2015-2016 Senior Lecturer & Course Leader, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication with Business Studies, University of Brighton
2007-2015 Lecturer BA (Hons) Fashion Promotion & Imaging, University of the Creative Arts, Epsom

Education
1999 -2001 MA Photography, Royal College of Art, London
1994-1998 BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of Leeds
1997-1998 Foundaton Course Art & Design, Suffolk College, Ipswich

Selected Exhibitions
2016 Undertow, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
2013 Dreamweavers, Western Plains Cultural Centre, New South Wales
2012 Dreamweavers, Ararat Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
2012 Dreamweavers, Redland Art Gallery, Queensland
2012 Dreamweavers, Devonport Regional Gallery, Tasmania
2012 Dreamweavers, Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmania
2012 Dreamweavers, In Your Face, ShowStudio, London
2012 Dreamweavers, Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery, Victoria
2011 Dreamweavers, Maitland Regional Gallery, New South Wales
2011 Dreamweavers, McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park, Victoria
2011 Brittleness, Maria Stenfors, London
2011 Into Which I Would Again, Screen Space, Melbourne
2011 Dreamweavers, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale
2010 Hold, Screen Space, Melbourne
2010 700IS Film Festival, Iceland
2009 Interiors, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne
2008 Light Divided - Art After Dark, Louise T Blouin Foundation, London
2007 Lighthouse, Old Truman Brewery, London
2007 Situation Leeds, Pop-up Galleries, Leeds
2006 Mothership Collective, South London Gallery, London
2006 Kaleidoscope, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London
2005 Kunst, Kaos, Kraft, FashnRiot, London & Frankfurt
2003 Bowieart at Soho House, London
2002 Paare, Fotogalerie, Mannheim
2002 Eloise Calandre & Richard Galpin, Inside Space Gallery, London
2001 Behind the Face Galleria Plastica, Bologna
2001 The Show Part 1, Royal College of Art, London
2000 Assembly Stepney City, London

Residencies & Commissions
2007 Lighthouse Projects, London & Dublin
2006 Tongue, Mothership Collective, South London Gallery, London
2005 Dans ma Peau, Tartan Films, London
2003 Ministry of Fear, Little Bird Productions, London
2002 Random House Publishing, London
2001 Cite Internationale Des Arts, Residency, Paris

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Undertow

Solo Exhibtion

Gippsland Arts Gallery, Sale
November 2015 - February 2016

 

 

Undertow is a solo exhibtion presenting selected photographs and moving image work.

"As viewers we tend to hold our breath when
viewing Eloise Calandre’s work. This is a remarkable
effect, and a somewhat unsettling one. It’s as if we
don’t want to be noticed by the figures at play, or
that we detect and respect the precarious silence
and stillness. The works are filmic in execution and
presentation, but also invoke that moment before the
film actually starts. We are in the cinema, the curtains
have drawn, a narrow thread of light pierces the veil of darkness, and the narrative begins".