bite at the air

nancy milner

hiroe komai

james melloy

june 2014

This exhibition presents the work of three recent graduates, Nancy Milner, Hiroe Komai, & James Melloy. They each are concerned with the issue of space, how space is interacted with and how it can be represented. The kind of issues we experience in the spaces we inhabit, but so often don’t notice.

Nancy Milner, American Houses

Nancy Milner b.1986 Graduated from The Royal Academy Schools in 2013 and previously studied at the University of Reading. Milner constructs paintings using colour and form to investigate light and space in painting. She is interested in the ways that are day-to-day lives are ordered and the influence this has on the painting process: a dialogue between her and the painting opens up a space where decisions are challenged and pushed. The finished paintings are an accumulation of the time taken to make them, a manifestation of thinking, memory and experience in the space of painting. Previous exhibitions include, Royal Academy Schools Show, London; Form from Form, Matthews Yard, London (both 2013), Premiums Interim Projects, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2012); Architectural Fragments, Apiary Studios, London (2011). She won the Jerwood Purchase Prize for Painting, 2012. Milner has work in the Jerwood Collection and the Hiscox Collection. She has been awarded the Abbey Scholarship in Painting, 2014 - 2015 at The British School At Rome.


Hiroe Komai, completed her BA in Fine Art (First Class Honours) at Camberwell Collage of Art and MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College. Her work playfully initiates a conversation about the interaction of a body in space. Made from highly reflective ‘brico’ materials, her geometric constructions reflect the viewers who approach the work, creating a shifting array of colours and forms as the viewers move in and out and around the works. This highlights the relationship of body, movement and space. However, there is a twist at work here. Komai’s constructions are very blade-like, with ‘scissor’ joints and ‘knife’ edges. These works cut and slice the space they inhabit as well as the viewers who interact with them, presenting a spliced view of reality. Komai’s work can be found in several national and international collections, and in 2012 she completed a major public commission in Kyoto, Japan, her birthplace.


James Melloy, who lives and works in London, graduated from Goldsmiths Fine Art BA programme. His work presents simplified forms, but these are complicated by the gesture of his brushstrokes, which are made from brushes he has made himself. The investment of time and skill involved in the construction of these brushes alludes to the time spent and the traces of activity we leave behind in a space. Melloy’s brushes and their strokes relate to the initials we inscribe on desks and walls as markers of our presence and time spent in a place. His graduation piece, Triptych, was purchased for the Goldsmith’s Art Collection. The Nuffield Trust recently purchased his North and South Dakota Diptych and M&M’s II has been purchased by Royal Bank of Canada collection.


We invite you to think of your own interaction with space as you encounter these works.





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