Fabien Cappello & Laura Oldfield Ford: Stanley Picker Fellowship Appointments 2013

Artist Laura Oldfield Ford and designer Fabien Cappello, have just been appointed as new Stanley Picker Fellows, both of whom will be developing projects that consider, each in distinct ways, the immediate and wider geographic location of the Stanley Picker Gallery.

Laura Oldfield Ford will be undertaking an investigation into the sociogeography of the suburbs, specifically within the old boundaries of the county of Surrey. Examining marginal political and counter-cultural groups in an attempt to ascertain the effects of landscape on the collective psyche, she describes her working practice as “a process of burrowing under the ‘heritage version’ of England to uncover the repressed psyche of the land”. Author of Savage Messiah (2011), Oldfield Ford is currently exhibiting in The Hecklers, New Art Gallery Walsall (until 22 Sep 2013) and will showing in the V&A exhibition Recording Britain touring the UK in 2014.

Product designer Fabien Cappello will be investigating notions of local manufacturing through a series of projects looking at the locality of Kingston upon Thames in relation to Greater London. Cappello is particularly interested in the transformation of both salvaged and regionally sourced materials, previously undertaking projects exploring the potential of local manufacturing in other countries including Italy, Japan, Portugal and Korea. For his Stanley Picker Fellowship Cappello will be focusing on the public realm, using case studies that represent different scales and definitions of what “Made in London” might actually mean.

Image:  Laura Oldfield Ford M6 Junction 9, Bescot (2011) chalk, acrylic and ink on watercolour paper. Courtesy the Artist