DEPTFORD DOES ART.

TRIANGLE II. DIANA PALMER – MOLLY BEHAGG – LUBNA SPEITAN

DIANA PALMER & MOLLY BEHAGG. The Brookmill, 65 Cranbrook Road, SE8 4EJ
LUBNA SPEITAN. The Duke, 125 Creek Road, SE8 3BU


Deptford Does Art presents the recent works of three female artists under the name TRIANGLE II.
'Light and Structure’ exhibition by artists Molly Behagg and Diana Palmer shows a selection of their paintings and photographs linked by themes of memory, and experience of place and colour. Having shared a studio space in New Cross, both artists’ work is based on architectural as well as natural structures.
Lubna Speitan’s 'Reflecting London' exhibition showcases her distinctive and instantly recognisable style. Working predominantly in oils and acrylics she paints landscapes and seascapes, portraits and abstracts. Most distinctive, however, are her nightscapes of London; currently on show at The Duke.

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Diana Palmer makes paintings responding to perceived spaces in landscape and architecture, or from imagined spatial compositions. In recent work, the composition process is dominated by representations of light and colour. The pieces are made of layered paint and other, recycled materials. The paintings are created playfully, employing abstract styles such as automatism, expressionism and minimalism. Palmer is interested in how abstraction can emphasise certain elements of a space to the viewer, such as contact points between objects and sky. Interaction between colours, shapes and textures is pared down or fragmented to focus on a particular perspective or sense of a space.

Diana Palmer graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2011. Her work has been shown in the UK, Greece and Germany and is held in several private collections. Exhibitions include. ‘m e l t’, The Icing Room, London 2017, F.R.E.E., Sheffield 2016, Fragments Together (solo show), Peckham Pelican, London 2013, The Presence of Composition, Gallery Café, London 2013. Palmer lives and works in South East London.

Molly Behhag uses photography to explore the process of making as a way of inhabiting unfamiliar settings. She is interested in roles that memory and photography play in constructing our experience of the present. Drawing on historical and ephemeral photographic processes as a visual language of trace, she locates her personal response to place within our wider collective knowledge. The material elements of colour, light, and space form starting points for personal and fictional narratives that create connections between disparate places.
Recent exhibitions include. Lumen School of Light, 2017, Obsolete and Discontinued Schaelpic PhotoKunstBar Cologne, 2016-17 and Collective Traces Urban Photo Village, UrbanPhotoFest 2016.


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Lubna Speitan’s ink drawings and nightscape paintings built from multiple layers of carefully blended paints, shimmer with darkness. She captures the enigmatic uncanniness of nights in the city, nights lit by brittle halogen, icy headlights, reflected street signs, and the sheen of rainwater. The carefully blended range of matt colours create the elusive and reflective tones of the city at night, with subtle variants of greys and whites picking out contemporary landmarks from a deserted train station to the London Eye.

These scenes are full of secrets, hinting at the stories that unfold through London’s long nights. This is a hidden London. the city of those who live on the streets, the friendless, the outsiders. The paintings reveal the loneliness that looms over London in the dead of night – a loneliness that nevertheless connects us as human beings, and which is tenderly embraced in this work. Inspired by periods of insomnia, Lubna has calmly observed the interplay of darkness and illumination, and invites viewers to share the mystery of these deep and fleeting spaces.

Mon–Sun 12.00–18.00

Closed Sat 23 Sep

Opening Event: Thu 21 Sep 18.00–21.00

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DEPTFORD does ART. www.deptforddoesart.com
DIANA PALMER. www.dianapalmer.co.uk
MOLLY BEHAGG. www.mollybehag.co.uk
LUBNA SPEITAN. www.lubnaspeitan.com
THE DUKE. www.thedukedeptford.com
THE BROOKMILL. www.thebrookmill.co.uk



Image credits:
Diana Palmer, Lost in Translation, 2014
Molly Behagg, The Return, 2016
Lubna Speitan, The O2 Arena, North Greenwich, 2016