‘Assemblage’ brings together six artists who’s work plays with these elements; pointing out the ridiculous and twisted world which has become our reality. Working in a realistic styles, these surreal artworks take on an abstract quality to create a visual explosion for the senses.
Scottish artist, Charlie Anderson is known for his epic scale paintings composed of layered hand painted fragments from advertisements, postcards, posters, newspapers, street flyers and magazines. The post-punk effect achieved through this intensive process of layering stencils and paint results in a vibrantly textured and visually stimulating portrait of contemporary culture.
Anderson’s work samples elements of history and society to document urban life, refocusing on the subtle details that our contemporary attention span sometimes fails to appreciate. His provocative and engaging subjects inspire an exciting visual experience, inviting and implicating viewers into his playful and compelling commentary.
Teresa Duck is a contemporary British painter, living and working in the North East of England. Her work combines formal realist painting with abstracted elements, alongside working in sculpture and assemblage. Her work explores identity and aspects of contemporary culture. With tongue in cheek references to sexuality and consumerism, her work creates a bright and comical world, while incorporating cynical comments on modern society.
A muralist and image-making duo from the Netherlands, Telmo Miel create artworks that are both surreal and realistically rendered, with a tremendous amount of detail and vibrant colour. Combining multiple elements in a single composition, they layer references to the human and animal worlds to create complex creatures and fantastic scenarios. With positivity, humour and a touch of the romantic, their work is arresting and epic.
Dutch artist Joram Roukes’ work reflects on everyday life situations, observed, filtered and reassembled in a collage like way. The resulting works pose a fragmented yet cohesive view on today’s society and human behaviour. Joram mixes traditional techniques, urban influences, pop culture imagery and fantasy, creating a world of the obscure yet familiar. He achieves a unique and inspired visual style with which he can communicate his many observations of the Western World.
Asha Zero is a South African artist who meticulously paints fragments from popular, commercial, and street culture, which he fashions into what appears very convincingly to be collages. His work is a response to a society where, increasingly, the identity of the individual is defined, altered and negated through the growing omnipresence of a digitised culture. In this era where the personal has become impersonal, Asha Zero’s work plays with ideas of identity and confusion, altering the very medium itself to appear as something else entirely.
British artist Stuart Semple’s works comment on the emotional and spiritual impact of mass culture on the individual. This is re-imagined with a playful, exuberant and sociological language which make his style so unique. His hybrid compositions often comprise of disparate appropriated and found elements which he weaves into alluring surfaces that encapsulate a deep critical analysis of contemporary culture. His world is one of low-culture internet trash, 90s nickelodeon colour palettes, indie music, obscure music videos and cultural theory straight out of the 60s Frankfurt school.