This weekend Margaret Ashman along with a printing press a couple of old trunks and took her place in the Debut window for a particularly interactive Saturday Debut.
The first few through the door were lucky enough to get hold of a free unique print made by Margaret especially for the occasion, but those who arrived later won’t have been too disappointed. The printing press wasn’t just there for decoration, Margaret came in with a selection of copper plates inviting everyone to create their own prints. People could choose between images pre-made by Margaret or if they were feeling adventurous could even design there own.
Alongside all this the window space was filled a selection of older 3D works, evocative pieces printed onto hand stitched dolls and sheets of muslin were displayed in her grandfathers old wartime trunks. The rest of the gallery had on display a number of more recent pieces, photographic etchings of dancers Shrimati Susanna and Chisato Minamimura were presented as part of her all new body of work.
For more information visit the artists website at: http://www.margaretashman.com/
Abstract as an art form does not attempt to represent external, recognizable reality but seeks to achieve its effect using shapes, forms, colors, and textures. Abstraction is taking an object out of it’s natural place and placing them somewhere new. Meet our Artists who do exactly these in mesmerizing ways.
First up, Artist Silvia Krupinska‘s work is inspired by natural forms- “My art is organic and colourful, often as white as Limestone. I am hugely inspired by nature, particularly textures of stones, shells, pods and fruits. My studio is ever changing installation of hanging lotus leaves and wall art based on my inspirations from the depths of the seas and microbiology. ” This piece entitled ‘The Seed’ is reminiscent of a meteorite from outer-space- we just love the colours and the way it looks out of place! Check out her Saturday Debut ’Organicities’ this saturday!
Next we have Rachel Noble with her ‘Hyperbolic’ piece, made from hundreds of cut out pictures of lens flares. Rachel’s work forms through an exploration of her impulsive desire to distil, abstract and focus in on visual phenomenon, creating intense and spectacular works that hover with a hyperbolic energy. Lense flares, light beams, refractions, and other manifestations of light are captured and collected to become building blocks for seductive surfaces. Work begins to form through points of tension between this distillation and purification, and the residual artefacts that form through the technology used to source, process and manipulate these points of spectacle, letting the reality of material creep back in.
Here we have this week’s Spotlight Artist Hideyuki Shoji with his People’s Choice Award winning ‘Carpe Diem (Cod) made with gold leaf. Hideyuki tackles a concept through a unique collaboration of varying mediums, where he makes an absurd alteration to an object before putting it back into a day-to-day situation.
Next up is Beth Nicholas‘ new piece entitled ‘Hoping’. Working with blown ink and water washes, Beth is pursuing the organic fluidity of a natural process where the ink finds a path of it’s own through resistance before being diluted and seeping through into the rest of the canvas.
Last, but not least we have Jenny Leonard‘s ‘The Picture Taker’ made from plaster and collage, looks almost like edible frosting! Jenny indulges in the formations of simple landscape compositions, exploring the marks she craves in the picture and the sights she pursues in travel. The paintings emerge as a kind of fantasy idyllic backdrop with the familiar among the abstract, where inventive forms compete with existing objects.
Sufficed to say, collectors buy art to enjoy it in their own homes. But what happens when it’s the other way round? Having a slice of your own home comforts incorporated into a piece of artwork makes it all that more special as our artists prove;
Here is Ashleigh Chinnock with ‘Corridor’ using flocked wallpaper. Ashleigh Chinnock’s practice addresses ideas based on notions of domestic states. Primarily, the spaces constructed are intentionally universal forms of space, which both the viewer and herself can relate to as imitative areas; derived from domestic structures and personal spaces or environments.
Next we have Su Young Lee, with her wall piece entitled ‘Eternal Flame’ using stockings & acrylic. The different geometric objects are presented as different symptoms, relating to contrasting physical conditions, influenced by the ability to access healthcare. The fabricated network represents the global impact of communicable disease.
Here we have Lloyd Durling‘s ‘Black & White Television’. Lloyd’s modestly sized drawings are made from an innumerable amount of strokes that form a field not dissimilar to thin washes of paint. Created using commonplace drawing tools, predominately felt-tip pen and graphite, the images are both animated and claustrophobic. Durling’s visual vocabulary explores the relational and negative space, which is heightened by his employment of the silhouette.
And what is a home without a bit of DIY? Daniel O’Sullivan explores the metamorphosis, abstraction and transmutation of the everyday. The foundation of which is embedded in drawing and mark making. His work encapsulates a D.I.Y. work ethic and an interest in the amalgamation of the hand made and traditional with 21st Century technologies with his piece entitled ‘Dust Switch’.
Lastly, a thought goes out to the unfortunate homeless. Our Spotlight Artist Masa Suzuki goes to show that by placing my sculptures of beggars at art galleries or museums, where things are looked carefully, he would like the audience to think about what those beggars are thinking and looking in the streets since we usually tend not to take a look at them.