TIZ CREEL

TIZ CREEL

TIZ CREEL

TIZ CREEL

TIZ CREEL

TOUCH     BASE

TOUCH BASE

TOUCH BASE

TOUCH BASE

TOUCH BASE

15 JUNE  - 25 JULY 2020 

15 JUNE  - 25 JULY 2020 

 

 

 

 

Touch Base is a community of faces; daydreaming, hoping, conspiring and finding each other on SEAGER’s windows. Two figures, having missed each other dearly, merge into one — yet one quickly divides into many as we are strong in multitudes. 


Taking after the pictorial language of the Russian avant-garde’s ROSTA window posters, SEAGER has commissioned Tiz Creel to install a mural on the gallery’s street facing windows for the local community. In her story, we see neighbours point towards each other, to the street, the sky — Mira! Look! It’s us! Like so many pebbles on a beach, all the faces of our friends compose a delicate view stretching forward in time. 


Tiz Creel’s practice is about play  — that moment of collective creativity which enables us to participate in the world together. Now, at a time when we can’t go out to play, her drawings come as a letter from one neighbour to another, celebrating our codependency. Like a portal into another world, the mural reveals how ‘social distancing’ has shown us its opposite to be true — we are stronger when we care for each other. 


Tiz Creel (b. 1991 ) is an artist from Mexico City, currently based in London. Her practice is influenced by play, spontaneity and gaming, as forms that are contingent on relations between people. She holds an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths University, and has been a resident at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She recently participated in the Deptford X Festival (2019) with an interactive game installed on Deptford High Street. 

 

Ze Aya’s painterly and sculptural language is often one marked by precision and control, where white glistening spaces are filled with fine lines, layered with a good dosage of seduction. This careful crafting is somewhat reminiscent of those close-ups in car adverts, when a camera slowly pans over the shiny metallic body. Ultimately, a car is just another armour for us to wear. We step into that extra layer of skin to roll through the day, as the passing outside world tends to  associate the type of vehicle with corresponding personality traits. Language especially likes to link these to tropes of masculinity; there goes the muscle car, the van man, the boy racer. 

Then there are these moments of slippage or spills. Reclaiming the space of performed virility, the hard exterior opens up to reveal moments of softness and vulnerability. Perhaps even little outbursts of chaos or momentary loss of control? The recurrence of cigarettes, smoked down to various half way stages would certainly suggest this. Bodily gestures of big swipes and firm presses disrupt the otherwise clinical surfaces, revealing a choreography. Highly tactile materials like wax, silicone and leather further allude to a soft being of flesh no longer present. Like the metallic car body, these visceral materials are otherwise found in, on or around beings as a form of protection from the outside world.

This then is a marriage between hard and soft, where texture and movement give birth to an amalgamated form that thrives on contrasts. Is it a happy marriage? Ze Aya’s work forefronts disconnection and dissociation in our mental, physical and digital space. Sometimes moving fluidly between these realms and at times hitting barriers, her work is also an exploration of the self, echoing and living through changes in our current social climate. Finding a balance between aggression and delicacy, she hints towards the potential for symbolic and significant change. Is it time to go far far away, or remain, but seek distance from the you that is rejecting transformation?

Ze Aya (b. 1993) is an artist living and working in Deptford, South East London. Aya studied Fine Art Sculpture at Central Saint Martins, graduating in 2015. Her works map seduction, fragility, and ultimately love and loss, as these relationships are played out and manipulated in on and offline social spheres.

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Distillery Tower
2 Mill Lane
London, SE8 4HP

Distillery Tower
2 Mill Lane
London, SE8 4HP

Distillery Tower
2 Mill Lane
London, SE8 4HP

Distillery Tower
2 Mill Lane
London, SE8 4HP

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2 Mill Lane
London, SE8 4HP

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