Although the artists use very different methods and media for their work, from woodcut to 3D printing, they all contribute to the narrative of tradition versus digital media, and all have compelling angles to offer the social conditions we face in 2018.
Rachel Ara's work uses elaborate technological aesthetics to create dialogues around women's place in society. Using neon, with its acknowledged association with sex shops, Rachel's prototype for the large scale sculpture installation 'This Much I'm Worth' won the Aesthetica Prize in 2016 and was exhibited for the first time at Anise Gallery in May 2017. Her work is nonconformist with a socio-political edge that often incorporates humour and irony with feminist & queer concerns. She is currently the V&A's Digital Artist in Residence and has participated in panel discussions on gender equality in the arts and 'Queering Minimalism' at Vane Gallery in Newcastle.
Ian Chamberlain's exquisitely intricate etchings have defined themselves amongst the print making community. Ian will be launching Transmission V at this year's fair - the last in the successful Transmission series. Previous iterations of Transmission have been exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition amongst others. Ian was shortlisted for this year's Jerwood Drawing Prize, longlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize 2016 and shortlisted for the John Ruskin Prize 2016.
Jacek Ludwig Scarso's sculptures present themselves as microcosms of a muddled, bizarre world at a time of extreme global warming and natural disasters, where mankind are treated as inadequate beings and animals are controlling various obscure environments.
Scarlet Mueller graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2015. She began her printmaking journey in Hamburg in 2007, the home to one of the most important figures of woodcut in the 20th century, Host Janssen. Deeply fascinated by his work and the quality of his prints Scarlet’s interest in the materiality, the history and the contemporary approach of this particular medium formed the basis of her career. She now works from her studio in Zurich. Scarlet has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally including Xuhui Art Museum, Shanghai, Dyson Gallery, London, Museum of Chinese Profiles, Xiamen, China; Kunsthaus Grenchen, Switzerland and La Cambre Project Room, Brussels, Belgium. She was shortlisted for the Graduate Art Prize in 2015.
Nemo Nonnenmacher's practice explores the tension of experiencing this ‘brave new’ virtual world and transfers this back into an image. The artist is interested in how a visual fetish might determine future mental and sensory concepts of the self. The materials he deals with are abstract, algorithm-based shapes that shift between the immaterial and the solid, recognisable, bodily form. His work attempts to find an equivalent to the new material of the virtual, something that he understands to be an extension of what we call physical. Nemo is the recipient of the Metro Imaging Award, the Travers Smith Art Programme and the Artful Dodgers RCA Award.