Mike Abrahams’ practice is an exercise in going beyond the given and against the grain, exploring the creative process itself as an opportunity to deconstruct the world around us and the way that we behave within it. Through assemblage, artist books, drawing and collaboration, interventions are made into that which is often banal to the point of invisibility, exposing and unravelling the wiring that lets us see only that which we wish to see, encouraging a more conscious relationship to our surroundings.
A graphic designer by training and profession, Abrahams has, since 2016, extended his practice to intense art-making. His work has been shown in exhibitions including the Royal Academy summer show and his artist books are in the collections of Tate and the V&A.
Francesca Giuliano is a contemporary artist based in London. She works in a variety of traditional media (mainly paint and drawing) as well as in digital, moving image and sound.
Trained as an Experience Designer with a particular bent for cognitive psychology, her practice focuses on perception, comprehension, decision-making, error and action. Among her key questions are: how might a thing be interpreted, and how do different versions of a thing help build a single understanding?
At the core of Giuliano’s process is the push and pull between creating by design or by intuition. Between making work that is considered versus working without thinking. Between engaging the conscious or not. That tension informs the materials, the means of production and the techniques used.