First Movement

First Movement


May 2015, publication and exhibition for Arcane Gallery, London. Curated by Giulia Damiani.


Read the Press Release below.

Read Giulia Damiani's additional essay here.



How do we get there? From here to there, from one state to the next, from a statement to its consequence. With a foot still here, the other slides onwards and tests the ground to decide the best angle to pursue. Moving to go there, the body walks ahead but its eyes are turned backwards; both nostalgic and hopeful, it holds its departure and foresees its arrival, existing in the past as in the future, and perhaps in neither of them.


First Movement presents new works by artists Theodore Ereira-Guyer and Sam Llewellyn-Jones, and writers Jessie Bond and Giulia Damiani. The title of the exhibition talks of the moving conversation that nourished this collaboration among four; etymologically, a method is what is found “after a travelling” (“meta-hodos”). In the search for a method, for a regular form that can collate different works together, a shape has been chosen following shifting tones and dramatic turnabouts, conscious that a larger understanding arrives in this moment of display.


The objects and texts gathered in First Movement look at notions of direction, both horizontal and vertical. The show considers linear progressions of size as in scales, it follows the simple movement of bodies from one space and time to another, as well as impossible inversions, impediments to orientation and expanded meanings: new directions are often synonymous with developments and societal progress.


Within the exhibition, many invisible arrows connect the works to each other in an infinite drawing of relations and open-ended reactions. Llewellyn-Jones’ interest in building materials and constituents is expressed through prints of increasingly magnified details and dynamic sculptural compositions. Ereira-Guyer presents a sequence of sculptures, prints of reflected images and photographs questioning the ways reality is defined and interpreted, a recurring theme in his practice. While Bond’s writing includes a series of vivid fragments about dizziness – describing what happens when orientation is complicated by excesses of information, bodily sensation or emotion - Damiani’s short essays bring attention to the subtle notion of the reverse: the opposite, the disruptive change of direction and opinion, and some imaginary prospects.


This shared common ground, the works and words around First Movement, are collected in a limited edition publication.

Images from First Movement,

Arcane Gallery, London