Nothing ‘is’ Immediate at Artspace Portsmouth

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After a six month postponement due to Covid-19, the first of three exhibitions from the project Nothing ‘is’ Immediate opened at Artspace Portsmouth.

The two person show, a collaboration between myself and Kate Street explores the relationship between the elements of Fire and Water. Our response is a synergetic installation grounded by sculptural forms of two of the five platonic solids, the Tetrahedron and Icosahedron. The tangible and sacred geometric aspects of these elements were entwined on iconic imagery, colour and reflection, with therapeutic sounds omitting from each sculpture, activated by the movement of the viewer within the space.

A soft Opening on Friday 23 October 2020, was greatly appreciated by attendees from the community of Portsmouth, including artists and arts professionals who had not attended a Galley since Lockdown was introduced back in March 2020.

A sample of audience feedback from the comments book:

Sarah: "Great Show, really thought provoking"

Molly: "Really worth seeing, loved the combination of imagery, sculpture and sound. Thank you"

Karolin: "Wonderful space, I'll be back next weekend to appreciate the sound piece"

Vera: "Brilliant exhibition. The experience of the sound was amazing. Thouraly enjoyed it and didn't want to leave. Stunning photographs and overall installation. Beautiful, Congratulations!"

On Sunday 25 October, myself and Samantha Britton, a Sound Therapist colleague, delivered an online Sound Bath event to audiences streamed live from within the Gallery space.

A sample of the audience feedback from the chat:

Jacqui: "Thank so much Tony and Sam was lovely and feel very peaceful x"

Janet: "Wonderful deep mysterious sounds"

Dhal: "Thank you both, really enjoyed it this evening. x"

Bev: "Just fab -)"

The show is open to the public on Sat 24, Sun 25, Fri 30, Sat 31 Oct, Sun 1 Nov 11am – 4pm

Address: 27 Brougham Rd, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO5 4PA

Nothing ‘is’ Immediate is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

5 Ways Nothing ‘is’ Immediate can support Wellbeing

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  1. The sculptures omit sounds, rich in harmonics and musical intervals. Listening to the sounds produces a response in the brain’s neuro oscillation. The sounds slow the rhythmic activity down from gamma to alpha, benefiting you by relaxing the nervous system. A further reaction is then produced as the body’s circulation system response by decreasing your pulse rate and blood pressure.
  2. The forms of classic geometry and fractal geometry correspond to the mathematics in nature. They are seen in the shape of an Octahedron and Tetrahedron, and within the repeating patters of reflection and wood and the images of fire and water. Science has shown that the same areas of the brain that respond in a positive way to resonating sound and sound intervals, also light up when you look at geometry and fractals.
  3. The stimulation of your brain when explore the aesthetics within the exhibition releases serotonin, a chemical in the body which contributes to wellbeing and happiness.
  4. An experiment conducted showed that when people are shown images of water their MRI scan indicated a decrease in cortisol (the stress hormone) production. The activity in the pituitary gland in the brain moves away from a feeling of flight or fight towards a sense of rest and relaxation.
  5. When you experience something aesthetically pleasing, beautiful in colour, texture etc, you release dopamine, one of the neuro transmitters that lifts our mood and can have a positive change to our mental health.

Press Release – Andover Advertiser

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3rd October
Neurodivergent art exhibition coming to Chapel Arts Studios
By James Ashworth @JamesAshworth98 Reporter

An art exhibition designed for neurodivergent people is coming to Andover’s Chapel Arts Studios in November.

Neurodivergence is a term used to describe the variation in how the human brain functions, and is often associated with conditions such as autism and ADHD. The exhibition, Nothing ‘is’ Immediate, was designed to appeal to individuals with such conditions by artist and sound therapist Tony Spencer, who himself has dyslexia.

He was awarded funding by Arts Council England, and has used that to produce sculptures from reclaimed pallet wood based on geometric shapes and the classical elements of Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Aether.

He will be joined by fellow artists Maija Liepins, Christine Dodd, Kate Street and Terence Noble, who will create new work “in response to the tangible and sacred aspects of the theme.” A series of streamed events, therapeutic sound baths, performances and poetry are planned, which aim to help viewers to engage through sensorial visual and audio elements.

Tony said: “I want to provide a multi-sensory experience for people who may not usually connect with art or a gallery. Geometry is accessible, it’s universal to all life on this planet. I’ve incorporated therapeutic sounds into each work, that are activated by movement in the gallery. This changes the function of a space, offering the visitor a positive feeling of wellbeing.”

Phil Gibby, area director for the south west at Arts Council England, said: “We are thrilled to support Nothing ‘is’ Immediate through our National Lottery Project Grants funding programme. At the Arts Council we believe that arts and culture has a positive impact on wellbeing, and this project achieves that through a unique combination of sculpture and sound. Through his innovative approach to inclusivity, artist Tony Spencer will enable more people to experience the great benefits that cultural activity can bring.”

Nothing ‘is’ Immediate is supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

It will be on display at Chapel Arts Studios from Saturday, November 21 to Sunday, December 5.

 

Air; Emerging

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Maija Liepins with component parts of Tony Spencer’s Octahedron sculpture

 

On 2 August 2020, Tony Spencer gathered three of his collaborators to examine and respond to his work-in-progress Octahedron, part of a five part geometric sculpture series. On the tips of four pyramids he placed a single octahedron into which I, Maija, placed an iphone set to record. The cavities on either side of the resultant pyramid somehow invited one to stick ones head in. An experimental vocal soundscape emerged.

Click here to listen. 

At times it sounds like we are under water, or in four different caves, singing under ground. What does it sound like to you?

As each artist responds to Tony’s artworks, they will collectively journey through the elements which correspond with the five platonic solids. 

CAS Associate Artists Christine Dodd and Maija Liepins are exhibiting their work in Nothing Is Immediate with Tony Spencer at Chapel Arts Studios Andover this November. You can follow their process on this blog throughout 2020.

Maija Liepins
Instagram: @maijaliepins
Website: www.thedreamforest.maija.co.uk

Christine Dodd
Instagram: @christinedoddartist
Website: www.chapelartsstudios.co.uk/artists/christine-dodd

Tony Spencer
Instagram: @tonyspencerarts
Facebook: @TonySpencerSoundTherapy

Samantha Britton
Instagram: @serenitysoundforthesoul

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This blog was written by Maija Liepins for #NothingIsImmediate

Emergence; Fire

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Photograph by Christine Dodd, coloured by Maija Liepins (pictured with the Tetrahedron)

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As each artist responds to Tony’s artworks, they will collectively journey through the elements which correspond with the five platonic solids. You can follow our process on this blog throughout 2020.

Maija Liepins Instagram: @maijaliepins Website: www.thedreamforest.maija.co.uk

Christine Dodd Instagram: @christinedoddartist Website: www.chapelartsstudios.co.uk/artists/christine-dodd

Kate Street Instagram: @kate_street_studio

Tony Spencer Instagram: @tonyspencerarts

Sacral Chakra

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Christine Dodd writes: “Nurture… working with clay to gather understanding of an unbalanced energy flow within the sacral chakra enables me to bring it back into balance in the moment of its creation. The finished piece is a reminder of that process and the insights 🙏”

 

Christine Dodd is a contributing artist in Nothing ‘Is’ Immediate, responding to the geometric sculpture Icosahedron, which corresponds with the element ‘Water’. As each artist responds to Tony’s artworks, they will collectively journey through the elements which correspond with the five platonic solids.

“Energy flows through me, its vibration affected by thoughts that relate to each chakra and over time the vibration of those thoughts create an echo that settles in my bones…my thoughts while working on my personal sacral chakra energy at this time 🙏”

Sacralina

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Christine Dodd is a contributing artist in Nothing ‘Is’ Immediate, she writes…

‘Sacralina’ 2020, Christine Dodd (wip)

 

Through the process of connecting with #nothingisimmediate and the icosahedron, one of the starting points in February was ‘Sacralina.’ I needed to ‘see’ something that depicted elements of the subject from my perspective: water, flow, sacral chakra, crocodiles, orange, streams, copper, sound 417hz, feminine energy, just needed to connect in someway and make a start. Even as I painted I knew that this was not the ultimate direction but a stepping stone to gain a deeper understanding of the creative process and what I was actually trying to convey. The ideas have taken unexpected twists and turns since then working in a variety of different materials and as always doing the inner work along side the creations, so I thank ‘Sacralina’ for her guidance and all the insights and reflection that the painting hours gave. She’s not completely finished and may never be but who knows 🙏

 

 

 

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Christine Dodd is responding to Tony Spencer’s geometric Icosahedron sculpture, corresponding with the element of water. Christine is exhibiting alongside Tony Spencer and Maija Liepins at CAS (Chapel Arts Studios) in winter 2020 as part of their ongoing exploration into sound therapy and artistic practices as processes of self-healing and self-knowing.

Saturated Space

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Instruments for a sound bath laid out on the floor in front of the altar at Sandham Memorial Chapel, 11 March 2020

 

Tony Spencer with the Icosahedron at Sandham Memorial Chapel

Geometric shape number two, the Icosahedron, made it’s first appearance at National Trust property Sandham Memorial Chapel this March, in, a group exhibition of contemporary art by CAS Artists called Saturated Space. Tony Spencer says, “the sacred geometry of the Icosahedron represents water, and it is visiting Sandham has a tribute to the paintings of Stanely Spencer and the solace he found in a safe space lying between two bath tubs.”

Visitors at the opening night on 11 March were able to experience an live performance by sound artists Tony Spencer and Samantha Britton (both trained sound healers) while the orange-gowned bodies of artists’ Maija Liepins and Christine Dodd weaved and crawled, and flowed around one another and through the space, providing a unique site-specific experience.

After the show in the chapel, the sculpture was installed in the adjacent exhibition complete with a pre-recorded soundscape. Tony Spencer’s sound-installation ‘Nothing Will Disturb Me’ responded to the Chapel’s function as a place for experiencing healing. Within the work there is a contemplative space.

The geometric structure, made from reclaimed pallet wood is the second in a 5 part series of sacred geometric shapes which will be revealed at shows taking place throughout Hampshire as part of Tony’s collaborative research and development project Nothing ‘Is’ Immediate, funded by Arts Council England Project Grants. As each artist responds to Tony’s artworks, they will collectively journey through the elements which correspond with the five platonic solids. You can follow our process on this blog throughout 2020.

 

 

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This blog was written by Maija Liepins for #NothingIsImmediate

 

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