Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Sean O'Connor

Sean O'Connor has been heavily influenced by the great portraitist whether they be painters of photographers, In this spirit he has chosen to create a series of highly constructed images in which he has employed metaphor and allegory as a way of exploring a particular subject matter, that he believes has become of great importance in recent years, therefore he has created a triptych of images on the matter of law & order, particularly in regards to the agents that carry out the enforcement of this code the police, these images are a study of their introduction in 19th century, their recent past and the current state of said institution in contemporary society. In order to question where they are heading as an institution and what that means for ordinary British citizens civil liberties in contemporary society.

Implied Authority Photograph A0 Print.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Norman Mine

“I am seeking to express a continual exploration of the paradoxes at play in language, association and identification, shifting and exploring different medium is critical to my practice”

Norman Mine is an exploration of the blurring line between what its consider to be reality, stage and theatricality; exploring issues of image and identity, the projection of the persona into everyday life and the restrictions of convention and expectation, institution and individual.

Restriction becomes the focus of Mine’s practice –underlying it there is a desire to tease, question and challenge both the audience and his persona. Like all relationships this exchange holds both worship and revulsion.

Mine’s investigate how his work can transpose from one scenario to another in order to challenge its material characteristic and meaning, with the aim to explore the interaction between art and life and that of society and individual.

“1982 Scaffolding and Breaks”
, Installation, variable dimensions

Adam Wallace

Adam Wallace’s practice is a study of the body, the fleshy substance that defines and describes us. Raising questions of the abject, Wallace examines the relationship between the body and the consumer society. Collaging flesh with industrial objects and household items, Wallace creates somewhat disturbing, yet humorous images, which question the boundary between Self and Other; asking to what extent we define our identity through the external objects we consume. Using time-based media, Wallace’s practice has reached another level, wherein his dystopian creations; half-man, half-machine are given animation, with disturbing results. In the age of keyhole surgery, microchip implants, and body modification, Wallace’s practice is a contemporary reflection of these issues, which demands that we examine body politics; asking whether social position is defined by our bodily form, and in turn, to what extent we define ourselves through our consumer choices.

“Fat-Boots”,Collage, (inkjet print on paper) 42x 59.4cm

Amber Marsh

Amber’s work is largely influenced on personal experiences and perceptions of the exterior of an object, image or person. The main focus of her work surrounds the subject Identity in her attempt to capture ‘ the complexity of our existence’ in her work. Her concept focuses on what goes in to an individual to make them who they are, Combining objects, fears, desires and morphing them in to a painting. Amber’s style of how her work is executed plays with the use of collage and mixed media such as acrylic, ink, watercolour pencil and pen complimenting the concept of complexity. The exterior of the bodies that helped are focused on in her work are removed so that the viewer can focus on the abstruseness of humanity. 

“Complexity of  us”, Mixed Media Painting, (bockingford 300gsm paper, ink, pen, acrylic, pencil, spraypaint) 300x 150cm 

Christianna Webster

Christine Meyer's work discusses implications of consumerism in contemporary western society, she believes that subconcious media influence has negative psychological consequences for most of western society. With her work she aims to uncover and remind people that many of the pictures they see everyday in magazines, newspapers, on flyers, in shops, on billboards and on public transport are nothing more than a fantasy world of human desire that could never be real, they are altered to an extend that would make it hard to recognize a model from her photo. Christine uses the skill set and practices used in fashion and fashion advertisement to raise awareness of the impact its unrealistic manipulations have, on the often involuntary viewers body image.

“Wallpecker”, Installation, (found materials) L70x H70x W45cm