Claudia Moseley and Edward Shuster are conceptual artists working in sculpture and installation. Their practice explores the nature of perception and embodiment, investigating light-time, technological mediation and the instrumentation of optics and geometry. The artists met in the Brecon Beacons in Wales, where they began their collaboration inhabiting a tree, which led to a series of works of social sculpture, immersive installation and public pavilions in sites ranging from peripheral architectural spaces to public parks. They are now married, living and working in London and various sites across Europe.
This year the artists have been selected by the Contemporary Art Society for the commission of two major permanent public works, following their first UK solo show ‘Interface’ (2015) which comprised 11 site-specific works across a 3000 square foot space beneath Waterloo’s railway arches at Gallery 223. Other recent commissions include a large-scale site specific installation for Lumiere Durham, 2017 and the creation of a tree pavilion sited for 6 months in London’s Hoxton Square, which featured on the front page of the BBC’s website. Managed by former Lisson Gallery Director, Michelle D’Souza, their work has been selected by the 2017 Aesthetica Art Prize, which showcases the work of 100 leading artists from around the world. They have been featured in other International publications, including the The Guardian and Wired and has attracted patronage from Tim Burton, Helena Bonham Carter and Director of the former Royal Institute of British Architecture Trust, Charles Knevitt. They are both RSA Fellows.
Edward Shuster: PhD Philosophy researcher, 'The Pharmakology of Light-Time', European Graduate School, 2015 – Present; Philosophy, Geometry and Optics, Farjam Scholarship Research, Prince’s School, 2013 – 2014; MA Philosophy (Western Esoteric), Exeter University, 2009-2011; BA Philosophy (World Philosophies), SOAS, 2006-9.
Claudia Moseley: MA Environmental Anthropology, Kent University 2007-8; BA Fine Art & Textiles, Goldsmiths College 2003-6; Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Middlesex University 2002-3.
SELECTED PROJECTS + EXHIBITIONS
Awarded commission by Lumiere Festival to new site-specific artwork in Durham, 2017
Awarded commission by the Contemporary Arts Society on behalf of Stanhope PLC to develop two permanent, large-scale new artworks for the former BBC studios in White City, now known as the Television Centre, 2016-2017
Arts Council Award to develop large-scale outdoor glass sculptures, 2016
‘Antiprisms I-V’, Commissioned by Mehta Bell Projects for 40 Portman Square, London, 2016
‘The Collective’, House of St Barnabas, Soho. Courtyard installation for Dual Show with Nathaniel Rackowe curated by ARTinTRA, 2016
‘Living Through’, Perceptual works exploring the mediation of light and life through optics and glass at the artists’ home in Dalston, 2016
‘Garden of Earthly Delights’, The Exhibitionist Gallery, South Kensington. Featured artists in Frieze week Group Show featuring Banksy, Damien Hirst and Sir Peter Blake, 2015
Private collection curated by Michelle D’Souza alongside Richard Wilson and Xiaobai Su, 2015
Shortlisted by the Contemporary Arts Society for commission of a signature sculptural or applied artwork for the interior atrium of Princes House (BAFTA), 2015
‘Tree x Office’, Hoxton Square. Tree pavilion in collaboration with Natalie Jeremijenko and in partnership with Hackney Council, Groundwork and Arts Admin, part of 2 Degrees Festival and London Festival of Architecture, 2015
‘The Art of Burning Man’, Lights of Soho. Featured artists in group show, 2015
‘Interface’, 223 Gallery, Waterloo. Solo Exhibition, supported by Arts Council England (video), 2015
Arts Council Award to develop ‘Interface: Light Paintings’ working with glass blowers, optics and lighting experts, 2014–2015
‘The Invisible City’, Regents Park. Working in partnership with The Royal Parks to create biophilic pavilions as public social and cultural platforms (pending) theinvisiblecity.com, 2011–2014
Olympic East Village (unrealised): Invited to develop a site-specific sculpture, 2014
‘GREAT Campaign’, 10 Downing Street. Invited to consult on tourable pavilions for the International Campaign, 2013
‘Time, Winged’, Primrose Hill. Commissioned by Roundhouse and London Contemporary Orchestra to create acoustic, outdoor sculpture, 2013
‘Horizon’, ‘Songlines’ & ‘Open Door’, National Trust. Commissioned to develop designs for site-specific follies for multiple properties, 2013
‘Secret Grove’, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Invited to create a social-sculpture project during the Fringe Festival across the garden, 2010
‘The TreeHouse Gallery’, Regents Park. Two community-built treehouse pavilions hosting a series of events in partnership with The Royal Parks, 2009
Live projection and installation works at disused spaces in London, Bristol & Wales, including with DA! Collective and Temporary Autonomous Artists, 2007-2009
Exhibitions at galleries including: The Smithfield Gallery, Constance Howard Resource and Research Centre, The Foundry, The Space (Isle of Dogs), Whitechapel Factory, Candid Arts Trust, St Pancras Crypt, 12 Claremont Hastings and MartarCar Brussels, 2006 – 2011
Derix Glass Studios, Frankfurt, 2017
Smithbrook Glass Studio, 2015. Glass Blowing.
Batz-Sur-Mer, 2014. Optics with stained glass and lenses.
The Slade, 2012. Expanded Field of Drawing (CM only).
Tree-Dwelling Protest Sites across the UK, 2008. Anthropological research.
Brecon Beacons, 2007. Tree-dwelling protest site.
Kathmandu University Fine Art Dept, Nepal, 2006. Bronze casting & woodcarving (CM only).
SELECTED PRESS + PUBLICATIONS
“The strange, translucent structure encircling a tree in a London square is a pop-up pod that blurs the boundary between workplace and nature… If all goes to plan, we might find translucent pods popping up in parks all around the country.” The Guardian , Feature on the Tree x Office, 2015“Glass sculptures manipulate natural and artificial light alongside a magnificent light installation that unifies geometry, lights and perceptual elements… quite a visual treat.” Fault Magazine, 2015
Solo Show Featured in Fad Magazine’s Weekly Top 9 Art Exhibitions in London - “Edward Shuster and Claudia Moseley create an atmospheric combination of light and sculpture, that has a great aesthetic appeal.” Fad, 2015
“Claudia and Edward’s work is thoughtful and has a strong focus. To me their work is like what I would imagine relics of our time to look like. They consider devices that are integral to our experience of the world today and reveal how our perception is in some ways framed and co-ordinated.” Curator Alex Wood discussing solo show, London Calling, 2015
‘Interface’ in a featured interview with her and the artists for London Calling Online Magazine, 2015
“Hoxton workers to hang out in tree office” BBC, 2015
“Incredible Office Space Built Around a Tree Opens in Central London” Featured interview with the Artists for The Plus Paper, 2015
"Pavilions where everyone has space to dream." Time Out, 2014
“Radical new platforms for public use.” Visit Britain, 2014
“Project hoping to take culture to new heights.” Evening Standard, 2014
Colouring Life: “The Social Organism as a Work of Art.” Edward Shuster’s talk at Tedx Courtauld, 2014
“It was done with superb fervour.” The Telegraph, 2013
Environments and Spaces: “The Social Organism as a Work of Art.” Edward Shuster’s talk at It’s Nice That, 2013
“Wired are proud media partners of The Invisible City, which aims to help people engage with these wonderful and unique environments … to encourage new interactions between art and nature.” Wired. 2012
“Creating a park like no other… A conceptual Matryoshka doll of culture-within-nature-within-culture.” Fortune, 2012
"Striking and amazing." Architect's Journal, 2009
“Treehouses in the park give a summer of free eco-friendly activity.” Evening Standard, 2009
"Treehouses taking root in London… An artistic catalyst." BBC, 2009
"An incredible team. They’re both really dynamic." Helena Bonham Carter, Patron.
"We are excited to be patrons of this creative work." Tim Burton, Patron.
"Your imagination and amazingly positive attitude ... beautifully exemplified bringing the best of British creativity to the world and captured the imagination of our sponsors... I recommend you to anyone seeking creative brilliance combined with a strong practical and commercial streak." Conrad Bird, MP & Director of GREAT Campaign.
“Concerned with pulling aspects from historical standpoints in Art and Philosophy forward to benefit individual persons and social institutions today - features which also happen to be some of the most significant issues facing present design practice (including tangibility and incorporeality as mediated by technology at the border of the social and private realms). These theoretical investigations parallel practical work, which increasingly brings into play non- Euclidian geometries, Modern optics, and post-modern Physics." Professor Matthew Steven Carlos, Oxford University & The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.
“Exploring new and novel possibilities for integrating a wide range of different art forms. It is on the edge of the different disciplines that the most exciting adventures in learning are experienced. What we are being presented with is unique [and] is worthy of widespread support.” Ian Edwards, Head of Exhibitions and Events, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
“The TreeHouse Gallery was something very different from any previous TRP events [and] the results were quite exceptional ... Members of the local community were encouraged to provide content, not just consume. The project was truly innovative. Over 20,000 people engaged with this 6-week project.” Nick Biddle, Regents Park Manager.
“I just wanted to let you know how delighted I am with being able to support your initiative." Charles Knevitt, Former Director RIBA Trust, Patron.
“This is a fun way for people to easily learn how they can make a difference to the world around them.” Steve Summers, Chairman of Westminster City Council's Planning Committee.
“NAS regard this project as a landmark opportunity to benefit present generations and inspire a new era of urban landscape and architectural designers for the future.” Lisa Lavia, Managing Director, Noise Abatement Society.
“Bringing places alive, using sensitive approaches to the outside environment with real significance to the place in a way that is meaningful and relevant to a diverse audience.” Shelley Fielder, National Trust Outreach Advisor.