Bite at the air
Nancy Milner, Hiroe Komai, & James Melloy
An exhibition about space and the interactions that make it come alive.
This exhibition presents the work of three recent graduates, Nancy Milner, Hiroe Kamai, & James Melloy. They each are concerned with the issue of space, how space is interacted with and how it can be represented. The very kinds of issues we experience in the spaces we inhabit, but so often don’t notice.
Milner, a graduate of The Royal Academy Schools, has been awarded the Abbey Scholar in Painting, 2014 - 2015 at The British School At Rome. She considers space in terms of the order and structure of our daily activity in and around space. Her colours develop through a slow process of layering, building and deepening their resonance, creating a kind of echo by her layered painterly process. For Milner, the ephemeral interaction of time, thought, memory and touch creates a space, much in the way human presence gives life to a space. Milner relates her interest in light and edges to Renaissance chiaroscuro and its dramatic creation of space. In 2012, she won the Jerwood Purchase Prize for Painting. Her work is held in the Jerwood Collection and the Hiscox Collection.
Kamai, completed her BA in Fine Art (First Class Honours) at Camberwell Collage of Art and MA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College. Her work playfully initiates a conversation about the interaction of a body in space. Made from highly reflective ‘brico’ materials, her geometric constructions reflect the viewers who approach the work, creating a shifting array of colours and forms as the viewers move in and out and around the works. This highlights the relationship of body, movement and space. However, there is a twist at work here. Kamai’s constructions are very blade-like, with ‘scissor’ joints and ‘knife’ edges. These works cut and slice the space they inhabit as well as the viewers who interact with them, presenting a spliced view of reality. Komai’s work can be found in several national and international collections, and in 2012 she completed a major public commission in Kyoto, Japan, her birthplace.
Melloy, who lives and works in London, graduated from Goldsmiths Fine Art BA programme. His work presents simplified forms, but these are complicated by the gesture of his brushstrokes, which are made from brushes he has made himself. The investment of time and skill involved in the construction of these brushes alludes to the time spent and the traces of activity we leave behind in a space. Melloy’s brushes and their strokes relate to the initials we inscribe on desks and walls as markers of our presence and time spent in a place. His graduation piece, Triptych, was purchased for the Goldsmith’s Art Collection. The Nuffield Trust recently purchased his North and South Dakota Diptych and M&M’s II has been purchased by Royal Bank of Canada collection.
We invite you to think of your own interaction with space as you encounter these works.
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