Tarpey Gallery is excited to present ‘Analog – An Exhibition of Contemporary Collage’, taking place from 8th August – 13th September. The exhibition features work by 6 UK based collage artists. Mark Watkins, Rhed Fawell, Mark Murphy, Phil Carney, Keith Bloody Mary and Clare Fisher’s work, whilst diverse in subject matters, materials and concepts, each has its roots in the principles of Analog Collage.
From Mark Watkins’ 7 – 12″ vinyl assemblages which explore the minutiae of human existence inspired by the absurd, disturbing, humorous or beautiful worlds in which we dream to the light hearted surreal and almost life-size freestanding cut-outs by Keith Bloody Mary our 6 artists take inspiration from a myriad of source material. Rhed Fawell and Mark Murphy’s work both focuses on the process of the deconstruction and reconstruction of found images. Rhed seeks to explore the sense of unknowing in a constantly shifting world whilst Mark’s work reflects upon modern culture by literally slicing apart its imagery and reassembling it into striking, disjointed combinations.
Clare Fisher makes dynamic collages from current fashion & beauty magazines, books and printed imagery, altering the image to change the context of its meaning, these works focus on the exploitative nature of the fashion and beauty industry. Phil Carney’s style is interestingly contrasting and you can see the strong influences of cinema through the straightforward, very Film noir like, atmospheric storytelling, depicting feelings of loss, desire and the pain of memory between people and places that hold them.