A studio visit with Lily Hahn-Stevens
So here we go again, 2014 was a hugely successful first year for the gallery and I have no doubt 2015 will be even better! We are kicking off the season with a solo show by the wonderfully colourful and eccentric Lily Hahn-Stevens called Sparkle Cyanide. Sparkle Cyanide is Lily's Roller Derby name, which gives you just a little insight into the kind of girl she is. The best way I can describe this exhibition is that Lily's quirks and characteristics have exploded onto canvases, plinths and even made their way into some frames. I won't give too much away, you'll have to come and see it for yourself between January 29th and February 15th.
To give you a bit of an idea of where Lil get's her inspiration I took a little tour of her home and studio (garage). A song by Hiatus Kaiyote plays in the other room, Lily's favourite song at the moment. The band describes their sound as, "Multi-Dimensional, Polyrhythmic Gangster Shit," enough said...
She makes artworks out of random odds and ends lying around the house. A container of colourful paint chips has been transformed into small geometric sculptures displayed in The Corner Store Gallery's windows. Her large collection of threads and yarns have become some of the most exciting and textural free standing sculptures I've seen. Old Woman's Day magazines have been butchered and taken out of context to create funny and often rude collages. Lily takes things from around the house and thinks, "What can I make with this?" The answer? Sparkle Cyanide.