OPENING : Friday 23 Nov 2018 at 6-8 pm
EXHIBITION : Wed 21 Nov - Sun 2 Dec, 2018
Gallery 1 : They Live In Purple Heather
As summer fades, the forever rolling hills of Northern England turn into a purple hue for only a few short weeks.
The countryside seems to vibrate when the heather blossoms. Not only do the moors come alive when the heather flowers, so does the community nearby. For what lives amongst the heather, is a highly sought after bird known as the Red Grouse.
The Red Grouse is a completely wild bird shaped like a modern fighter jet. They fly forty miles per hour in still air and live in an environment where the winds regularly blows over thirty. Grouse shooting season is crucial in the sustainability of these unique landscapes and vital to the economy in these isolated rural communities.
‘They Live in Purple Heather’ is a body of work that tells the story of a small country town whose lives revolve around the pursuit of this small little bird.
Gallery 2 : REVERSE
REVERSE is an invitation to explore pulsating urban scenes of multiple countries, based on sketches captured during 10 months of solo travelling. The artist explores how spontaneous layers of watercolour create an explosive and vibrant atmosphere. A narrative is added with ink and acrylic pens, leveraging the depth of overlap. By breaking each illustration into multiple components and blending them back into the juxtaposition, the work gains a collage-like tangibility. The fragmentation encourages the viewer’s imagination while discovering the scenes and stimulates a sense of wanderlust. The mixed media approach alludes to transience, tranquillity and excitement in familiar and foreign places.”
Gallery 3 : Re:Collection
Spivak’s current processes isolate, break and reconstitute the materials that compose photographs – presenting audiences with the distance that can exist between a physical object and a study of visual re-presentation. The artist’s compulsive urge to collect – objects, relationships, meaning – is used to explore the ways in which we experience the small phenomena of the reality we inhabit.
Re:Collection presents photographic works that reveal no actual image. Rather than presenting pictures to look at, the exhibition showcases “objects” that revel in a few of photography’s elusive nuances. Despite the popularity of the camera today, many seem ignorant to the medium’s history. It is this unfamiliarity that Spivak aims to explore and highlight. Relying not on image but material, the exhibition will serve as a reminder of the physical and chemical processes of photography allowing the viewer space to consider the value of image in our visually saturated culture.
The artist has materialized photographic processes into objects that seem threatened by their own physicality and uses them to call attention to the process and time inherent to not only the creation of the work but the medium itself. Each image has been left to materialize, grow and change over time leaving a non-permanent, three-dimensional pictorial plane. The prints exist as a series of stress tests applied to the chemistry and materials that produce pictures. The work, though contrasting in form and material, allows a self-referential look at the medium of photography, liberated of its functions, taking its own conditions as its theme.
OPENING NIGHT & EXHIBITION