25. Apr - 7. Jun 14 / ended Antlers Gallery

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Jemma Appleby - Maxwell Stein

Jemma Appleby - Maxwell Stein

Exploration - Landscape and the Future combine at Antler’s stunning group show

Exploration - Landscape and the Future combine at Antler’s stunning group show

Antler’s new group show Exploration convenes three contemporary artists who share a vision - that of traditional landscape intersecting with dark futures, menacing and mysterious cracks into other worlds. The artists’ subject matter coalesces into a terrain where man made structures observe, threaten or reside alongside nature.

Thoreau wrote “It is in vain to dream of a wildness distant from ourselves.” And in this show, humankind’s interplay and impact on nature and culture is visibly portrayed. Drones over mountains, architectural paper structures, sci-fi vortexes all reflect the theme, Exploration, of humankind’s inherent landscape and memory, and unwavering journey to the future.

The artists showing are Karin Krommes, Geoff Diego Litherland and Jemma Appleby. All are young artists at an exciting stage in their respective careers.

Geoff Diego Litherland has exhibited widely, both nationally and internationally. Recognition to date has included winning the Saatchi Online Surreal Showdown in 2012, being awarded the prestigious Warden’s Purchase prize from Goldmsiths; being selected for the John Moores 25 Painting prize at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool and winning the Nottingham Castle Open in 2008. He was also listed in the 2013 Catlin Guide.

Jemma Appleby is currently also exhibiting in \'Under the Greenwood’ at Gerald Moore Gallery, London - exhibiting alongside 2011 Turner Prize nominee George Shaw.

Karin Krommes is a Bristol based artist, exhibiting for the first time in Bristol at Antlers, and who had great success at Art Abu Dubai in 2012.

Geoff Diego Litherland’s early nomadic upbringing and central American heritage has played a significant part in his vision. Mexican born, he is now based in Nottingham. Always being the outsider, observing different cultures, shaped his adult inspiration - his work reflects his relationship with the outer world. His recent work has seen this marry a passion for ecology with a futuristic narrative. A formerly abstract interpretation now resides in a breathtaking plane between the traditional and the contemporary. Heavily influenced by the Hudson River Group, and the great American naturalist painters such as Frederic Edwin Church, the dual element of endeavour and exploration thrives in Litherland’s work. Modern day fascination with Cern and the nuances of matter are constructed with the notion of paint itself being matter, his painting identify both a Utopia and a malevolence. Geoff is currently an Associate Lecturer in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and has just completed an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University of London.

Jemma Appleby’s forest and architectural landscapes are monochromatic and powerful. The artist’s childhood in the New Forest provide the landscape, and an early experimentation with film photography giving rise to the square composition of the work. A later introduction to Frank Lloyd Wright brought a linear intersection into the work - a roof line through a treetop, a wall in a forest. The artist has created unique and unusual installations for the show - folded paper in repeat patterns, architecturally correct, that reflects her continued interest in a space within a space, an extension of the representation of shelter presented by structure.

Karin Krommes’ paintings immerse the viewer in a world of machines, technology and imposing/craggy? landscapes - where drones observe a majestic mountainous scene. Redolent of cold war imagery, the artist references our acceptance/ambivalence of these technologies as an everyday element of our current time, where once human flight and space exploration held exciting promise as well as terror and dread. The artist’s landscape paintings show post-apocalyptic scenery devoid of human presence beneath skies still swarming with drones and watchful satellites.”

All artists are available for interview.
Press and private Preview: Thursday 24 April, 6 – 9pm (please RSVP to abigail@damsonpr.com)

Opens 25 April – 7 June 2014 Everyday 10am – 6pm
Antlers Gallery, Purifier House, Lime Kiln Road, Bristol BS1 5AD
Artist Talk: Saturday 3 May, 3pm
This exhibition is part of the Bristol Art Weekender  (2 – 5 May 2014)

Press please contact: Abigail Stuart-Menteth, abigail@damsonpr.com or 078555 26550

Notes to Editors

Antlers Gallery is a commercial art gallery, nomadic by design. They produce temporary exhibitions in varying locations, with their only permanent base being online. Antlers represent a select group of contemporary artists through exhibitions, art fairs, consultancy and private sales. The gallery is committed to showcasing a burgeoning scene of artists who explore themes such as narrative, space and the natural world through compelling and impeccably executed work. As well as selling original artwork, Antlers also have an active publishing wing, working with artists to produce limited edition prints and multiples. These are available to buy both during their shows and through the online shop.


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