Inspired by ancient Egyptian canopic jars, which held the lungs, liver, stomach and intestines of the Pharaohs, Lucy Foakes makes ceramic and mixed media sculptures that could be described as commemorative celebrity urns, each dedicated to a modern-day deceased celebrity ‘icon’, such as Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain. Described in the artist’s words as ‘a memory to celebrities’, these pieces are visually reminiscent of the work of Turner Prize winning ceramicist Grayson Perry. Also exhibited in this exhibition are the playfully entitled ‘Can-opics’ series of ceramic tin cans; a metaphorical fizzy drink range created for thirsty Pharaohs in the afterlife. Designed to be included in the tombs of ancient Egypt, which were equipped with all afterlife necessities, including food, drink and a toilet, these ‘Can-opic’ drinks come in many ‘flavours’, including lungs, liver, stomach and intestines.
Through his painting and typographic prints, Josh Rose explores everyday objects and the relationship of these objects to those who may need or use them:
'My body of work relates to an imagined community, one that has amalgamated observations from travel and my own society. 'Part worn tyres' is a celebration of a functional object that is as a result of a dysfunctional economy, I have looked at the cycle of a throw away culture that has revived the need for DIY and re-use. I have explored the idea of making the invisible, visible by reimagining the context and paying attention to detail.' Josh Rose
Rose’s work appeals to the individual to 'Observe Greatly' in order to create a link between identity, objects and community. Rose is fascinated by the relationship between 2D and 3D forms, and this; plus exploring the idea of functional artwork, has resulted in an ongoing collaborative art project, 'This Way Up Studios'. By using bold, contrasting colours to create impact and heighten reality, Rose references the authoritative tone of advertising signage and packaging, describing this as ‘the way in which most of us experience the world.’
Best Served Stone Cold will open at the O3 Gallery in Oxford Castle Quarter for a launch celebration on Friday 6th February from 6-8pm. The exhibition runs until Sunday 15th March 2015. Entry is free and all artwork will be available to purchase.