HYPHA Studios presents NO SMOKE WITHOUT _ _ _ _ is an exhibition of sculpture, film and drawing by Avril Corroon, Bianca Hlywa and Lydia Wong.
Included works contain materials which have gone through state changes: bacteria and yeast, damp from people’s houses and abstracted crabs. Transformative gestures are used to reflect on concerns, which are redefined and reclaimed in new light. The artists work around political erasure, the cost of living crisis and housing conditions or steadfast distinctions between life and non- life.
This exhibition was awarded to the participants based on an open call put forward by the arts organisation and charity HYPHA Studios
No Smoke Without _ _ _ presented by HYPHA Studios 2nd -18th December & 4th- 15th January
56- 60 Conduit Street, W1 Private view December 1st 6-8pm
with support from Crown Estate
About the Artists
AVRIL CORROON is an artist working with moving image, performance and sculpture to examine inequity and how architecture manifests governance. She has made cheese from black mould in housing and has turned a gallery into a car dealership. Avril was a 2020 recipient of the Irish Arts Council Next Generation Award and her work is in the Irish Arts Council Collection. She is in the midst of a two year research project ‘Got Damp’, exploring damp from housing as art material, which culminates in a touring solo exhibition at TACO! in Thamesmead, London and Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2023). avrilcorroon.com
BIANCA HLYWA is an interdisciplinary artist with a wide-ranging practice. Using installation, film, drawing,
performance and especially the organic material SCOBY, Bianca’s work questions culturally steadfast distinctions between life and non-life. Bianca recently had a solo exhibition at Gossamer Fog Gallery in London, England (September 2022) which was supported by the Arts Council England and the Canadian
Council for Fine Arts. The exhibition critics’ pick in ArtForum and was well reviewed in both Flash Art and Art Monthly (all October-November 2022). Bianca Hlywa biancahlywa.com
LYDIA WONG’s practice investigates how identities and a sense of a place are maintained through political upheaval, especially when news and historical records are determined by political narratives rather than truth. Turning to geomancy and cultural Chinese rituals including the magic of Taoism and Feng Shui, her practice seeks to preserve histories and notions of identities through sculptural performances. Lydia received the Outset Studiomakers residency award in 2019 and was also the winner of the Student Illustrator award from the V&A Museum and exhibited there in 2009.
Lydia Wong lydiawong.co.uk