Thur 24 October 2013
7pm - 9pm
24 October - 2 November 2013
Thur - Sat, 12 - 7pm
At the beginning of 2012 artist Jonathan O’Dea began working on a unique visual art project called ‘Changing Spaces’ which received funding from Arts Council England and support from the Lee Valley Park Authority. The project focused on the visual impact of the development of the Olympic Park created and its relationship with the Lee Valley Park. From this concept Jonathan produce a series of ten 3-dimensional abstract works that interacts with the changing environment around the Olympic Park and its inherent connected-ness to the wider context of the 26 mile long, 10,000 acre Lee Valley Regional Park. Using recycled building materials and found objects from both of these parks Jonathan created a number of wall-mounted sculptures that explore regeneration and the natural and industrial history of the area.
One of the centerpieces of the project is a 3 metre high sculpture constructed on-site from a felled tree provided by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority. This imposing and long term sculptural work can be viewed at the Waterworks Nature Reserve in Leyton beside one of the main public footpaths leading from Waltham Forest to the nearby Olympic Park.
Jonathan’s aim is to produce art that is abstract but easily accessible: “I want people to be curious about the materials and how the artwork is constructed and to link this curiosity with the physical techniques and methods used in the regeneration of brownfield sites like the Olympic Park and the revitalising of Lee Valley Regional Park. This interest is partly fuelled by working on con-struction sites and also by fascination in the visual impact of turning some-thing old into something new.”
Jonathan’s techniques and approach to art has been described as: ‘bringing together new ways of working to produce some of the most interesting and engaging art you will find in London and beyond’. This is reflected in a number of successful solo exhibitions and groups shows in Britain, Ireland and China over the past three years in particular. His work also gained attention at the European level and he was invited to show his work at the 12 Star Gallery at the European Commission, in 2011.