“We must understand that the universe will spend an eternity in darkness after this brief period of light” Brian Cox 2018
The defining purpose of “BLACK” is to develop the exposure of our Core Artists as well as the careers of our Guest and Established Artists who are joining us in the exhibition. BLACK seeks to explore the very nature of the work of the artists involved by focusing on their practice and technique because everything else has been removed except for the notion of BLACK.
The Established Artists in the list are artists who have considerable careers within the art world and have in the past supported the work of Artistic. Dan Hillier has had shows around London, including being part of Soup at the Institute of Contemporary Arts and has recently shown work at The Strychnin Gallery. Hillier has also been featured in the magazine Dazed and Confused and the arts journal Phoebe. Neil Gaiman and Cory Doctorow are among the many who praise his work. RYCA is an artist working in contemporary printmaking and graphics. Already a prominent artist on the Street Art scene, the last three years have seen Ryan move away from this aesthetic towards a new practice that draws upon his in-depth knowledge of materials and craftsmanship acquired through his training in industrial model making and 3-D design. Contemporary artist Sara Pope is known for her bold, seductive paintings of voluptuous lips. Taking inspiration from a successful career in the fashion industry (as a shoe designer for brands such as Paul Smith), and also her work in magazines as a designer and art director, Sara aims to capture the glamour and seductive power conveyed by the lips and mouth. Interested in questions of beauty, communication, and the rise of image perfectionism, Sara uses the perspective of her commercial experience to explore these themes. Nick Smith’s work brings the old together with the new, by creating striking limited edition art prints of iconic artworks, simply using the humble Colour Chip swatch. Using colour theory, Smith is highlighting both the complexities and subtleties of the tones in these classic art prints.By juxtaposing classic art with modern digitalisation, Nick Smith is making a commentary on the unforgiving culture of the modern digital world, whilst making the historic work relevant and accessible today, with his stylised pop art practice. There are many other artists involved all who have as valuable careers and who whole-heartedly support Artistic and its strong supportive push forward into the Art World.
Artistic however are very keen to support a very young soon to be Charity “Teatime@12” They are a wonderful new group that Artistic first met at their Summer 2018 Show “50/50” in Grenfell, London. We know the struggles that they are having emerging as a charity as we have been through the very same ourselves and we believe that what they are trying to do is both important and admirable. To support them we will be making a collection throughout the exhibition which will hopefully allow them to move forward as a charity.
Black: making something wonderful happen in the darkness