'Suspense' at One Church Street Gallery 11 May - 1 June 2013
Suspense brings together, for the first time, the work of four distinguished artists with both national and international reputations, Simon Finn, Dean Randazzo, Ruth Simons and Jayne Wilton. For Finn and Randazzo this will be the UK première of their work.
Regardless of the apparent diversity of their practices, George Mogg, curator of 'Suspense', saw connections in the work of these artists; how they observe and record the chaos, patterns and randomness of natural, untamable forces and use their art to express and try to make sense of the complex and baffling. What she has put together is a show of contrasts and connections, the macro and the micro, cutting-edge technology alongside traditional art processes, where meticulous craftsmanship meets reckless or organic action to retell a story of transformation and disruption. Despite these polarities, Suspense promises to be an exhibition of remarkable coherence.
Suspense runs Saturday 11th May until Saturday 1st June
Open: Tues, Wed, Fri and Sat, 11am – 4 pm
Private View: 15th May 6.30pm-8.30pm
***** THE WORK *****
Through complex digital modelling, rendering and physics computation, Simon Finn freezes single moments in time before extrapolating them to intricate charcoal drawings, signed, limited edition prints of which will be exhibited as part of Suspense. These constructed moments of destruction combine meaning, process and form, as seen in recent subject matter which include a pier mid-collapse, a tsunami at point of impact and an unfurling black flag. The subject matter and its treatment tease out the duality between the tangible and the simulated, raising questions concerning aesthetics in an image-saturated world.
Dean Randazzo’s work explores the human, cultural and emotional relationships of the photographic act through holographic reliquaries, projections of images into dust, insect swarms and vapour. House is one of a series of images created from time exposures of dust clouds lit up with projections of old family photographs. A family member made the picture of their house with figures standing in front; the act of making that image implies a doubt as to its permanence and it seems photography is our futile attempt at arresting this change and uncertainty. The process of making House documents a ritual; the dust acts as an ephemeral screen, making the image visible and releasing it back to where it came.
Ruth Simons’ practice examines the universe at both macro and micro levels, exploring chaos as the boundary between pattern and randomness. These emerging themes are investigated through drawing, print, bookworks and installation. Her drawings and installations explore the simultaneous simplicity and complexity of the universe and apparent randomness that belies the self-generating and self-similar patterns concealed within the intricacy of life. The work showing in Suspense is called Kunststoff (German for plastic) - Unnatural History and explores materiality, structure and growth patterns, generating organic forms from inorganic materials and manmade objects. Appearing to be objects from the natural world, yet made from synthetic materials, Simons’ work raises questions about our relationship with nature, touching on issues of ecology, mutation and climate change.
Jayne Wilton’s work explores universal breathing gestures such as the sigh, the laugh, spoken words and the gasp. Through it she attempts to record and make visible unseen and ephemeral processes. For Wilton’s recent new work I Am Here Now, each individual black and red glass sphere is an image of a unique moment where an individual word was spoken. Using the optical Schlieren system, the words I Am Here Now were spoken in front of a mirror whilst Wilton photographically recorded the patterns of turbulence caused by warm breath in cold air.
One Church Street Gallery
1 Church Street
Bucks HP16 OAX
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