FIT THE SLIT 23/06/15 Venice Biennale

June 11th, 2015

I am proud to announce that I will be displaying a piece of work in this group show as part of this year’s Venice Biennale.

Featuring Artists :

Gemma Nelson- Julia Maddison – Tiziana Mandolesi – Bella Land
Barbara Stanzl – Ibby Doherty – Lee Maelzer
Anne Robinson – Vanya Balogh – Gonny Van Hulst
Charlie Wheatley – Jim Racine – Pascal Rousson
Alex Cepalovic – Maria Teresa Gavazzi – Spizz Energi
Ray Gange – Vanja Karas – India Roper-Evans
William Angus-Hughes – Susana Sanroman – Marisa Polin
Thomas J Ridley – Patrick Morrissey – Clive Hanz Hancock
Fiona Haines – Toni Gallagher – Samuel Brzeski
Sian Kate-Mooney – Hedley Roberts – Roger Clarke
Becca Quirk – Taline Temizian – Ruth Davies – Liz Harris
Joe Fergey – Glen Fitzy Fitzpatrick – Rebecca Scott
Gzillion Artist – Tracey Moberly – Tom Estes – Mark Woods
Anita Bryan – Danny Pockets – Tisna Westerhof
Petula Girndt – Jim Roseveare – Laura Hynd – Elena Muti
Jason Gibilaro – Cedric Christie – Stefan Draschan
Nico Rodriguez Frias – Thomas Draschan – Fiona Haines
Spizz Energi – Sinisa Ilic – Calum Suggett – Bob Lawson
DJ Roberts – Paul Sakolisky – Marie- Louise Jones
Jill Gibson

‘NEED YOU 100%’ @DISPLAY, LONDON 01/05/14-02/06/14

April 25th, 2014

Write up about ARCANA in March 2014′s edition of Absolutely Magazine

February 17th, 2014


February 14th, 2014

A lovely little write up in WHITE COFFEE MAGAZINE about our recent ARCANA exhibition at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery

Read about it here

ARCANA at Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery

February 14th, 2014





Gemma Nelson

Martine Poppe

Amy Stephens



PRIVATE VIEW 13th of February

6:30 – 9:00PM


14th of February – 16th of March



You are surrounded by colour, vivid photographs, vibrant canvases and shiny, copper sculpture. And then, amongst this sea of visual stimulation, there is non colour, pastel and cream working their way in, as arresting as their neighbours for their sheer contrast. Symbols and shapes vie with each other for your attention – some obscured, others arresting, and yet more hidden in plain sight. Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery is pleased to present ARCANA, a group show bringing together the works of Gemma Nelson, Martine Poppe and Amy Stephens. Running from 14 February – 16 March 2014, the exhibition also draws on the mystic origins of the word ‘arcana’ as a celebration of secrets and mysteries and a reflection upon positive spiritual sensitivity. Imagine the scene: a lonely fair ground waits patiently in the night, the word ‘Baloonride’ (sic), lighting up the surrounding desert darkness like a soft beacon of memories and days gone by. Nearby, a tondo painted in vibrant inks is witness to intricate shapes, a myriad colours and forms blooming across the canvas, stretching out and multiplying to create a psychedelic universe. Hanging in contrast to these bursts of colour are soft, hazy portraits, representational paintings that play on diversity and repetition – the images within them serene, abstracted, floating behind milky veils of paint. While different in style, medium and execution, the works are brought together by a unifying sense of spirituality as well as the notion of the revealed and concealed, of portals and the mystical.


For Gemma Nelson, it is the creation of illusory spaces through intricately constructed and highly detailed paintings that has become her hallmark. Working in Indian ink and mixed media, she weaves together fairytales, female sexuality and the idea of webbing along with drawing on the aesthetics of patterning and totemic tattoos. The busy canvases become home to a wealth of visual information, as figures and forms give way to ever newer shapes, mutating, growing, expanding and condensing in upon themselves like multiplying cells. In Arcana, we are presented with new works, for which Nelson has drawn on ancient cults and rituals, such as those of Baalism and Osirism, as well as the Cargo Cults of Melanesia, in order to create a new mythography through references to sun worship, mimesis of nature, phallic and fertility symbols and intricate patterns. Her works draw on quirky socio-historical practices and stories, such as the rituals of the aforementioned Cargo Cults, and how the detritus that washed ashore from the new world’s colonies was seen as gifts from the gods, or the work Pibloktoq, which refers to the condition of the same name that, most famously, affects Arctic women in the winter months. The condition, which causes the sufferer to tear her clothes off and subsequently run naked in sub-freezing temperatures, is usually harmless and wears off when the patient collapses in exhaustion. Here too the phenomena, just like the Cargo Cults, was believed to be spiritual, and was given Shamanistic attributes. Elsewhere, stories such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s iconic The Yellow Wallpaper further provide fuel for her exploration of patterns, pareidolia and apophenia.


Arcana has seen Martine Poppe explore subjects that are new to her. “My motifs here are all chosen light-heartedly and I’m trying to add a touch of humour to some of my pieces for the show,” she explains. What sets her work apart from her two contemporaries, at least on an aesthetic level, is a sparing use of colour, her muted canvases expressed in milky hues and delicate brush strokes, creating a luminous, floating effect. Working from photographs which she refers to as “serendipitous rather than staged”, Poppe’s paintings have a sense of immediacy to their making, and within them, information and sources are both revealed and concealed, creating a distance between the original subject and finished work through a process she refers to as ‘analogical change’. She builds on her investigation of diaphora, a process of repetition and layering that is characteristic of her work and her ongoing Analogical Change series – of which pieces will also be on display – play with the idea of ‘orthographic satiation’, a phenomenon that, rather like Richter, works with disconnecting from the original source while preserving the meaning. “When I look at paintings, I always think that what they lead to is themselves,” she says. “A painting need not be a portal to something beyond the painting itself.” The image is copied and recopied so many times that, just like looking at Chinese or Japanese characters for a length of time, the lines become disconnected, the image disintegrates, yet the original idea, the concept, remains. “The actual point of making these repetitions is similar to my decision to paint things that did not conform to a single subject group or narrative in the Analogical Change series, only this time I’m being more literal,” says Poppe. “The image degrades and moves towards something less recognisable, yet it remains a series of representational paintings of the same photograph. It quite firmly emphasises the formal considerations in the work, the story of the photograph as subject and object, rather than its content.”


Finally, Amy Stephens presents all new works that have been inspired by a recent residency in the Sultanate of Oman in late 2013. Working in abstraction, Stephens often creates minimalist line drawings and sculptures that invade and interact with the architectural space in which they are installed. Within the context of Arcana, her works respond to the ideas of tradition and myth explored within Nelson’s work, while their play on perspective and abstract nature are at harmony with those of Poppe. Here, we see a line drawing protruding from the gallery wall, metamorphosing the boundaries between the two and three-dimensional. Moved by the many traditional doors painted in an around the city of Muscat, Stephens has created a portal pared right back to a simple elegant copper line. From nearly 100 photographs taken in the Gulf, Stephens has chosen two images that highlight an open and closed doorway respectively. Furthermore, both the abandoned fair ground of Baloonrace and the multicoloured painted locked mountain door from the remote village of Nizwa, are images inspired by Aldous Huxley, in particular, his assertion that “there are things known and there are thing unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” Using a range of fabrics and forms, she invites viewers to question this barrier and its in-between space. In doing so, the association of the door as an everyday object is thrown off kilter, out of context and into a state of flux.


Together, these three female artists create their own arcana, mixing different media – from sculpture and painting to photography and mixed media – just as they mix together mysteries and secrets and visual stimuli. The works, though different, call to each other through their shared reference of cultural idiosyncrasies, mythographies and mythologies, a rich link that binds them all together, yet allows each to float, separate, a portal, both transporting and bringing back to the present.



Notes to Editors


Gemma Nelson

Gemma Nelson (1984, in West Yorkshire, UK) moved to London in 2003 where she attended the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London and graduated in 2007. In the same year, Nelson’s paintings were selected by judges Sir Peter Blake and Tim Marlow in the Nationwide Mercury Art Prize culminating in a show at the Horse Hospital in London. The following year Nelson was selected for Charles Saatchi and Channel 4′s 4 New Sensations, leading to a show at Laure Genillard in London with Matt Franks. In 2008 Nelson was selected by Richard Billingham, Ceal Floyer and Ken Lum for Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibiting her work at the Liverpool Biennial Capital of Culture and Club Row in London. In February 2009 Gemma Nelson was asked to provide the front cover artwork for a-n magazine prompting high profile shows in London, notably the Saatchi Gallery and internationally in Paris and Temple Bar in Dublin. Since 2010 Gemma Nelson has been represented by VEGAS in East London and had her first solo show,Hello Carousel with them in July 2011. She has shown work with them internationally in Amsterdam and Brussels as well as group exhibitions in London. In 2011 Gemma Nelson was selected to exhibit work at the Dulwich Picture Gallery Bicentenary Exhibition. For more information, visit


Martine Poppe

Living and working in London, Martine Poppe (1988, Oslo, Norway), received her BA Hons in Fine Art from the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London in 2011, going on to receive her MFA in Fine Art from Slade two years later. She has exhibited extensively throughout her native Norway as well as London, with recent exhibitions including the Threadneedle Prize 2013 at the Mall Galleries; Transient Inhabitants at Invisible Line Gallery, the Slade MA/MFA Summer Show at the Slade School of Fine Art and The Immigrant ad Frameless Gallery, all in 2013. Most recently, she has taken part in New Order II at the Saatchi Gallery (2014). Her work can be found in the Saatchi Collection, UCL Art Collection and University of Oxford and she has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, most recently shortlisted for the Contemporary Visions IV, Beers Lambert (2013) and winning First Prize in the UCL Portrait Competition in the same year. For more information, please visit


Amy Stephens

Amy Stephens (1981, London, UK) attended Chelsea College of Art and Design, from where she received her MA in Fine Art in 2008. Prior to this she received her BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Reading in 2005. She has attended residencies in Oman, Ireland, Canada and Iceland, among others, and has exhibited as far and wide as Sweden, Ireland, Italy, Poland and Spain, including the solo exhibitions A Light Less Ordinary at the Aldeburgh Beach South Lookout, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK and Catching the Big Fish, Minibar Artist Space, Stockholm Sweden (both 2013). She has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, including the Triangle Network Award, Muscat, Oman, in association with Gasworks Gallery, London, UK (2013) and a four month artist’s residency at the Irish Museum of Modern Art (2011). Her work can be found in public and private collections in the UK, USA, Ireland and Poland. For more information, visit


About Kristin Hjellegjerde/ARTECO Gallery

Kristin Hjellegjerde opened her gallery in Southwest London in June 2012 following her move from New York. The Gallery showcases cutting-edge contemporary art from emerging and established international artists, with the central concern to create an intimate space in which an artist could present a coherent body of work within a focused environment. Drawing on her own international background, Kristin Hjellegjerde seeks to discover and develop new talents by creating a platform through which they can be introduced to local and international audiences and also allow for artistic exchange. Kristin Hjellegjerde also acts as an art advisor for both emerging private and corporate collectors. Recent exhibitions include In Search of Lost Space with Celina Teague, For Two Lovers by Radhika Agarwala, and Chris Agnew’s The Mighty Grip of Fate, which was selected as Time Out’s ‘Best New Art’ of the week. For more information, visit


For further information and high-resolution images, please contact Kristin Hjellegjerde on



February 14th, 2014

Feminism In London Conference at the Institute Of Education

October 23rd, 2013

Gemma Nelson will be exhibiting a painting at the Feminism In London Conference at the Institute Of Education on Saturday 26th October 2013.

For more information please see

Wall Street Journal feature on upcoming Growth exhibition

October 10th, 2013

Gemma Nelson is featured in the current Wall Street Journal as part of the upcoming Growth exhibition at Karin Janssen Project Space.

The article can be viewed here.

For more information please contact:

Karin Janssen Project Space
213 Well Street
London, E9 6QU
+ 44 (0) 20 85250294
+ 44 (0) 7909 271617

KOD Prize postponed until 6th February 2014

October 10th, 2013

Kids Of Dada have informed us after careful consideration that they have moved the Kids Of Dada Prize and exhibition back from November to February of next year.

For more information please contact or telephone 0207 407 4808.

Upcoming show @ Kristin Hjellegjerde/ARTECO 14/02/14-16/02/14

October 4th, 2013

This coming February Gemma Nelson will be exhibiting work with Martine Poppe at Kristin Hjellegjerde/ARTECO.

More to come!

14th February - 16th March, 2014
private view 13th February 6:30-9pm

For enquiries:


Kristin Hjellegjerde
Owner and Head Curator

Jolanda Chandler
Sales Associate

Hannah Maden
Gallery Assistant

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