Mirror: The Chew Crew

By Angelina Puschkarski

The Chew Crew, consisting of Diana Roig, Joseph Walsh, Mimei Thompson and Urara Tsuchiya looks at activities of food preparation and consumption, expression through cooking, and the energy and entropy of food.

Joseph Walsh and Urara Tsuchiya, Film Still, 2014
Joseph Walsh and Urara Tsuchiya, Film Still, 2014

Urara Tsuchiya and Joseph Walsh are collaborating on a new film work, part of which was filmed at Transition earlier in the year during a short residency in the gallery. This work features a sensual chef and other characters, with handmade costumes referencing various foods and kitchen items. Diana Roig will show large scale immersive abstract paintings, and Mimei Thompson a new series of paintings.

Diana Roig’s work is influenced by natural growth, biological processes and fractals. She has a fascination with evolution, new species, origins, transformations and perception. She invites the viewer to have his or her own unique experience with her work, distilled from their own reference points, and fed by the organic forms suggested in her large paintings. Roig studied at the Willem de Kooning Academie, and has exhibited her work in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Den Haag, Buenos Aires, Argentina and at the Woodmill, London. She lives and works in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Mimei Thompsons paintings often look at the idea of a longing for an experience of nature, and how this is culturally framed. Her paintings are both representational and process-based, with translucent luminous paint marks. She studied at Glasgow School of Art and Royal College of Art London, and has work in the Arts Council collection. She has a solo exhibition at Trade Gallery, Nottingham, this year, and lives and works in London.

Diana Roig - Into The Wild Thing, 2014 (left). Mimei Thompson - Green Girl Eating, 2014 (right)
Diana Roig – Into The Wild Thing, 2014 (left). Mimei Thompson – Green Girl Eating, 2014 (right)

Joseph Walsh works with video, photography and performance. The moving image work is an exploration in creating characters by proxy, where thinking, perception and being are suggested by external objects and ideas. Walsh studied at Goldsmiths College, Staedelschule, Frankfurt and attended the LUX Artist Associate Programme 2011/12. He lives and works in London. Most recently he had a solo exhibition at Dold Projects, Sankt Georgen. Recent projects and performances have been at The Showroom and Chisenhale Gallery.

Urara Tsuchiya works mainly with performance, video, and live events. She often incorporates soft sculptures, costumes, masks, and home cooking. These function as props to set up an alternate environment for out of the ordinay behaviours to take place. Urara studied at Goldsmiths College and Glasgow School of Art. She has recently showed at Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, and Transmission, Glasgow. She is based in Glasgow and is currently resident at the Embassy of Foreign Artists in Geneva.

Joseph Walsh and Urara Tsuchiya, Film Still, 2014
Joseph Walsh and Urara Tsuchiya, Film Still, 2014

The preview is this week, on Friday 25 July from 6 until 9pm
The exhibition starts on Saturday, 26 July and is on until 17 Aug 2014

And on Sunday, 17th August, at 4pm please come along for Culinary Meditations, a special event, in low light, for hanging out with food and performance.