The three artists in this exhibition, Alexis Bamforth, Martin Cordiano, and Bee Flowers, internalize and formalize the historical, environmental and social co-ordinations of their existence. They do so by delving into creating pieces that need an intricate physical involvement on the part of the artist, resulting in a clean, sophisticated, and current study of contemporary human experience.
The historicity of these works as a collective is as much about what is present as it is about what is not – it’s an understanding of space through absence, interaction, and time. What seems formal at first, gradually gifts the viewer with an in depth and surprisingly familiar lexicon which reveals perceptions of the ‘now’ in a web of past patterns and ideas. These artworks are simple, refined and enhanced through a stark yet consistently emotive exchange. Humanity and love, consumerism and religion, home and the material, are some of the themes you will encounter through out the exhibition.
Alexis Bamforth’s current work stems from his interest in the geographical, biological and physical environment that he locates himself within. But Bamforth goes beyond his own subjective viewpoint to find a malleable junction where local and global platitudes interact with each other. Whether through a ‘snail mail’ or an abandoned Argos catalogue, Bamforth’s keen eye for found art evokes a seemingly banal yet increasingly uncomfortable reality, inspired by what he understands from today’s social and economic systems.
Martin Cordiano’s knowledge and obsession with construction and its materials are unabashedly used and elevated in his work. His grand installations and meticulous sculptures, explore the contradiction between dynamics of the contemporary world and the rigid structures of the urban environment and architectures that contain it. In finding his orientation among space, the society, and its environment, much like an anthropologist, he aims to reveal the personal vs. communal, and the unique ideologies that ultimately define and create a narrative for space. “Often the objects that I have produced refer to the construction of a house as a metaphor of the idea of construction of a home, and the contingency of the possibility of construction in a constant movement.”
For Bee Flowers, history is a stream of fragments from which, at each moment, a cultural ‘now’ is compiled. These compilations are not random, remaining bound to tenacious, embedded cultural structures, securing a degree of continuity. In this series, layers of history are etched deep onto the figures he carves out of bas-relief, with its inherent in-between quality. Flowers embodies humans’ emergence, both aesthetically and metaphorically, into a meaning-giving symbolic order. These decorative symbols, each with their own visual narrative, reflect upon the tensions between individuality and conformity, and the lingering power of ideas and belief systems.
The exhibition runs until September 8th, 2013.
Curated by Tara Aghdashloo: email@example.com
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