OPENING : Thursday 4 April at 6-8 pm.
EXHIBITION : Wed 3 - Sun 14 April , 2019
SPACE 1: Still Life
Sarah Jane Lightfoot and Georgina Proud
Still Life reimagines the genre in a contemporary context, through the vastly different practices of botanical illustrator Sarah Jane Lightfoot and ceramicist Georgina Proud. This exhibition continues on the long tradition of reinvention of the genre questioning the common perception of it as a lower form of art. Through this collaboration they explore humanity’s innate affinity with the natural world, and how we endeavour to bring nature into our homes. Still Life considers the notion that the vessel and arrangement depicted in an image is as much a work of art as the image itself.
SPACE 2: Unapologetically Savage Nikki Coffelt
This body of work (2016-2018) is a rendering of the tension between our primal, organic mammalian impulses and socialisation.
Where there is conflict between what we are hard wired for movement, pleasure, passion, sensuality, sexuality, intimacy, aggression/self-protective impulses and the (familial, social, religious) conditioning that has been programmed into us, we can become confused and dissociated. From our instinctual knowing, our bodies, our creative potential... from Earth herself. At what cost have we domesticated ourselves?
When we mentally categorize and reduce our visceral impulses (and other people) into “good” versus “bad,” “civilized” versus “savage,” “lower” versus “higher” and “in” versus “out” we set up the conditions for repression and oppression of self and others. The result of which can be soul loss, depression, addiction, violence and/or sexual perversions. We also reinforce the exact conditions required for genocide, racism and human/planetary exploitation. We sever connection to the infinite power, pleasure and creativity that are available to us.
Creative tension and paradox (i.e. the capacity to hold polarized constructs at the same time) is essential in catalyzing human evolution. And yet modern society has become so obsessed with efficiency, instant gratification and productivity (while putting forth as little effort as possible) that we have become largely unwilling and unprepared to withstand tension and ambiguity. Both are necessary for growth.
We must begin to cohere historically polarized and disparate elements. In the culture, for certain, but also in our own psyche.
My work is about time-traveling to reclaim humanity’s most savage and base origins in order to evolve. This series is a literal transmutation of raw, primitive energy. Because a wise woman once said:
“When the sexual energy of the people is liberated, they will break the chains.”
SPACE 3: Scavenged
Polly Hollyoak, Andrea Hughes and Olga Tsara
Three artists, Polly Hollyoak, Andrea Hughes and Olga Tsara, explore common threads and influences in their work. Based on photo-derived imagery and found objects that are scavenged and appropriated from a variety of sources, their work makes political statements about art, consumerism, feminism and the human condition.
Hollyoak's powerful Pop paintings, Hughes' playful, irreverent assemblages, and Tsara's satirical and confounding collages, come together 'in conversation'. Each artist teases out ways of seeing another artist’s work, enabling broader statements and observations to be made about contemporary artists’ relationship with our image-saturated world.
OPENING NIGHT & EXHIBITION