Carlos/Ishikawa Gallery Opens Atop Pirate’s Booty


The site of Captain James Cook’s historic East London residence is about to re-open as Carlos/Ishikawa, a new contemporary art space. The joint venture of co-directors Vanessa Carlos and Nara Ishikawa is located at 88 Mile End Road, Stepney, and will open Sept. 23 with “Connect. Conjugate. Continue,” an exhibition  by Lloyd Corporation (the collaborative moniker of UK artist Ali Eisa and Norwegian-born Sebastian Lloyd Rees). In the coming year, the 1,400-square-foot ex-industrial space will host exhibitions with an international flavor befitting of its historic location.

The directors, childhood friends who grew up in Brazil, both originally trained as artists in the UK: Carlos at the Ruskin School of Drawing, and Ishikawa at the Chelsea School of Art. After graduating, Ishikawa returned to Brazil as a collector, and recently moved to the UK to set up the gallery with Carlos, who had remained in London, working first at Modern Art and later putting in five years at The Approach. During this time she also co-ran Hackney’s Wallis Gallery, a project space with a focus on performance-based work. An interest in performance as an experimental, boundary-dissolving practice has definitely informed the Carlos/Ishikawa ethos.

The coming year’s exhibition program will present works from Mary Hurrell, Bruno Zhu and Chooc Ly Tan, reflecting the directors’ interest in working with a culturally diverse group of artists with multi-faceted cross-disciplinary practices. Carlos told A.i.A. that she and Ishikawa hope that the new space will provide an “exploratory testing ground” for both themselves and the artists they work with.

The gallery currently represents the aforementioned Lloyd Corporation, as well as Oscar Murillo and Ed Fornieles, whose solo show will be the Gallery’s second exhibition in November.

Installation, Lloyd Corporation.