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An English Man's House is His Castle

9 December 2015 - 27 Feburary 2016

Julia Bland / Hannah Lees

Peles Empire / Alina Tenser

The maxim that 'An Englishman's house is his castle' is most often cited these days in articles in the British right-wing press that bemoan the apparent undermining of the perceived principle that a person can do as they please within their own house, which is held up as an ancient right.


The phrase is linked to law and the ideal that you should be allowed to act freely within ones personal space. The exhibition at Global Committee repositions the idea of an artists studio as a home space; a place where an artist can be free to explore their inner world; to work according to their own set of rules. The studio as a world in and of itself and a place of refuge.


Within the display of the exhibition the works come together to suggest a place a little grander than the normal scale of the domestic – the objects within the installation lean towards castles in the sky; adorned with tapestries and littered with the stains from last nights celebrations.


Closing Performace Responses: Stephen Kwok and Alina Tenser


Julia Bland (Palo Alto, USA 1986). Bland had her first solo show in If You Want To Be Free, at On Stellar Rays, New York (2015).  She had a two-person show, Hard As You Can Right At The Middle, with Daniel Petraitis, Asya Geisberg Gallery, New York, (2014).  Recent group exhibitions include: The Landscape Changes 30 Times, curated by Ala Deghan, Anahita Gallery in Tehran, Iran and Equations of Sight-Similarity, On Stellar Rays, New York. She is currently a resident at the Sharpe-Walentas Space Program (2015). She received her BFA from The Rhode Island School of Design (2008), her MFA from The Yale School of Art (2012), and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, (2013).


Hannah Lees (Kent, UK 1983) Recent Exhibitions and Projects include: May I Have Ease of Being, Cairn, Fife, UK (2015); Ever- New Oldness /|\ Ever-Old Newness, The Sunday Painter, London, UK (2015); m-Health, Cell Project Space, London, UK (2015); Adventures in Clay, Bronze & Stone, Arezzo, IT (2015); Hold, Sway, Generator Projects, Dundee, UK (2015). Forthcoming Exhibitions and Projects include: Local Object, IKEYAZHANG, Milan, IT  (2015); The Approach, London, UK (2016): Art Sway, Sway, New Forest, UK (2016) and Micro Residency, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, Edinburgh, UK (2016). She completed a Post-graduate Diploma at Chelsea College of Art, London, UK (2011) and a Foundry Residency at the Royal College of Art, London, UK (2012).


Peles Empire is a collaborative artistic project by Katharina Stöver (Giessen, Germany 1982) and Barbara Wolff (Fogaras, Romania 1980), whose work takes its consistent source and name from a lavish nineteenth century castle in Romania. Solo exhibitions include: tilt up, Project Number, London (2015); mutant SALTS, Basel (2015); DUO Wentrup Gallery, Berlin (2014); f x g Glasgow Sculpture Studios, curated by Kyla McDonald (2013) and formation, Cell Project Space, London (2013). Group shows include: here too I exist Koppe Astner, Glasgow (2015);OPEN HOUSE, Kunstverein Braunschweig (2015); If the circle meets itself Hollybush Gardens, London (2015); Moving Museum, Istanbul, Residency und Gruppenausstellung (2014); ICA Off-Site London (2013) and ENTRANCE, ENTRACE Temple bar Gallery, Dublin (2012). They studied at the Städelschule, Frankfurt, (2002-2007) and the Royal Academy Schools, London, (2007-2011).


Alina Tenser (Kiev, Ukraine 1981).  Tenser has held solo exhibitions at AIR, New York, NY; Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY; and Pioneer Works, Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been exhibited at venues including The Kitchen, New York, NY; The Suburban, Chicago, IL;  Jancar Jones, Los Angeles, CA; and Laurel Gitlen Gallery, New York, NY. Most Recently Tenser's work was shown at Kate Werble Gallery, New York and Gallery Diet, Miami, FL. Tenser received the Dedalus Foundation MFA Fellowship and was a resident of Recess Sessions in 2012. She received her BFA from School of the Visual Arts and her MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.


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Alina Tenser

Peles Empire / Alina Tenser

Alina Tenser / Julia Bland

Peles Empire

Hannah Lees