RED: Peter York and Pat Hodson exhibition at Heartbeat Gallery&#8207;1. Jun - 30. Jun 12 / ended Heartbeat Gallery
11:00 - 18:00
Heartbeat Gallery is pleased to present 'RED', an exhibition of works by Peter York and Pat Hodson.
Red has the connection with revolution, change - although the traffic lights say stop - Tapies's four red stripes in his Catalan Spirit, Turner's fantastic sunsets, the burning of the houses of parliament, Rothko's deep brooding reds, Clyfford Still's gashed and torn paintings. It is seen as the colour of passion or sanguine, the quality of sturdiness, high colour and cheerfulness.
For this exhibition Peter York has selected work and reprinted plates with the idea of using the single colour red as the focus. This is to enable a step away from the original intention of the work and explore each plate's potential in this new direction.
For York, red has a primary connection with the soil of his home county of Worcestershire where he would play as a child in the local Redstone caves and after heavy rain the river Severn would run red. Peter will be showing work printed from ground pigment from that region. The wonderful earthy quality of reds in the pre-Columbian Americas, Africa and Australia always speak of a close connection with local source of colour. The further development of colour chemistry opened up the potential for more vibrant colours over the centuries and has given us a wealth of reds to experiment with.
Peter York's work is based on real and recorded places and created ideas. He has both subjects as starting and finishing point for his work.
Pat Hodson's unique pieces are created using a fusion of hand collage and digital print. Pat's ideas involve using sequences of image to explore both the seen and the hidden in landscape; the patterns which underlie the apparent chaos of organic life and the structures, symbols and myths with which human beings impose order on the environment.
In the work, different visual and narrative stories interweave, interconnect and are continually deconstructed and recreated. These emerge in new work, evolving, sometimes hidden, while fragments of image might be repeated within new sequences of visuals and books. There are glimpses of hidden narrative, new stories and myth fragments moving through time and space inevitably changing and being changed as they become part of a complex layering of words, colour, texture and sound.
Pat's techniques involve layering paper tissue and silk using cellulose paste creating a strong complex "substrateâ. Over this tactile, multi layered surface is printed a digital image. Embedded within the layers are fragments of scribbles, resist dyed shapes and pattern, scraps of maps, diagrams, cut shapes and thread. This technique allows text, colour and pattern to be hidden or revealed through interplay between the waxed translucent surface and the layers beneath.
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