Wednesday 20 – Sunday 31 January 2021

VIP Viewing Rooms Preview: 18 & 19 January

Exhibition Details

This month, Cross Lane Projects will, for the first time, be present at the London Art Fair with new work by a diverse group of gallery-associated artists: Olivia Bax, Lawson Oyekan, William Plumptre, Rebecca Scott, Nicola Tassie and Mark Woods.

January’s event, The London Art Fair: Edit 2021, will be The LAF’s 33rd edition presenting over 50 leading Modern and Contemporary galleries in an alternative digital format.

Each artist will present three recent works that highlight their individual concerns and approaches. Mark Tanner Sculpture Award winner 2019-20, Olivia Bax, known for using materials such as steel, chicken wire and a generated paper pulp, presents sculptures from her current Cross Lane Projects’ exhibition OFF GRID. A series of vessels and sculptures by ceramic artists Lawson Oyekan, William Plumptre and Nicola Tassie present a contemporary dialogue about ceramics as objects and as art. Rebecca Scott is showing a series of powerful etchings from defaced magazine pages, which aim to expose the hypocrisies of so-called sexual freedom. Mark Woods presents photographic prints of his highly elaborate artefacts that blur the boundaries between fine art, fetish objects and items from a cabinet of curiosities.

 All work will be viewable online from Wednesday 20 – Sunday 31 January 2021

Browse through the online Viewing Rooms, the Artsy online catalogue and an exceptional programme of digital talks, panel discussions and events here.

About the artists

OLIVIA BAX (b. 1988, Singapore) lives and works in London and is the winner of the Mark Tanner Sculpture Award 2019/20. Bax is known for using materials such as steel, chicken wire and a generated paper pulp, consisting of discarded newspapers and castaway household paint. She is guided by an interest in the process and physicality of construction. This is evident in the material she employs and the visual language and form of her sculptures. The texture speaks of the work’s history, revealing the process of forming the works.

LAWSON OYEKAN (b. 1961, UK) is a British Nigerian contemporary ceramic sculptor and the first recipient of the Grand Prix Award for the 1st World Ceramic Biennale 2001 in Korea.  A recurrent theme in the work is the physical drama of nature’s complexity and his monumental ceramic installations are usually the result of an encounter with a particular place. Oyekan’s imposing compositions celebrate the power of nature to inspire contemplation, renewal and transformation, whilst also reflecting his concerns about its destruction as a result of human foibles.

WILLIAM PLUMPTRE (b.1959, UK) is one of the most outstanding English potters working in the distinguished Anglo-Japanese tradition.  He creates classical but powerful forms, with a strong commitment to the centuries-old repertoire of Japan. He works with stoneware clay, mostly thrown on the wheel, although some of his work is slab built and press moulded.

NICOLA TASSIE (b. 1960, UK) is a ceramicist whose work focuses on pushing the conceptual and material possibilities of domestic forms. While her work evokes a sense of familiarity within the viewer, her pieces, through construction and approach, elevate themselves beyond their humble function into the realm of sculpture.

REBECCA SCOTT (b. 1960, UK) is known for her issue-based figurative paintings. Through her work, Scott re-examines public images of women, taking source images from glossy magazines and overwriting or ‘defacing’ these, with aim to expose the hypocrisies of our so-called sexual freedom.

MARK WOODS (b. 1961, UK) is a British artist with a background in contemporary jewellery production and in boat building, he produces highly elaborate artefacts that blur the boundaries between jewellery, fine art, fetish objects and items from a cabinet of curiosities.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Olivia Bax: Hopper, 2020. Lawson Oyekan: White Bud, 2020. William Plumptre, Untitled, 2020. Rebecca Scott: Vogue Capricho No.3, 2020. Nicola Tassie: Burrow, 2020. Mark Woods: Kids 70s Dress, 2018. All works copyright the artists.