This May Junction Art Gallery is supporting Craft and Design Month, an exciting nationwide project designed to raise awareness of the enormous amount of creative talent we have in this country. The gallery will be featuring a broad range of 3-dimensional artwork, including many pieces which are specifically for the wall.
The exhibition will coincide with Artweeks, Oxfordshire’s open studios event, for which the gallery will also be opening its doors. Gallery owner Kate Hipkiss says ‘these two festivals really encapsulate what Junction Art Gallery is about – exhibiting the work of innovative makers and enriching the local art scene. We hope visitors will really enjoy the diversity of the work on show.”
Exhibitors will include, among others, Wendy Newhofer, Helaina Sharpley, Jill Ford and David Mayne.
Oxford-based glass artist Wendy Newhofer fuses metal leaf and wire within layers of glass, creating captivating pieces of work which focus on the beautiful textures and colours of plants and seeds. Each pieces uses a muted colour palette and a repetition of pattern which moves them towards the abstract.
Also working with wire, Helaina Sharpley will be exhibiting a collection of her fascinating 3d wire drawings. Helaina’s work blurs the boundaries of drawing and sculpture, compelling you to interact with the sculpture as you move around it and view from different angles. This year we will be showing some of her wire teacups alongside her wire drawings of elegant Victorian lamp posts.
David Mayne uses lasercut steel on a wooden base to capture enchanting miniature scenes such as a peaceful woodland with a lone deer or boxing hares on gently rolling hills. The grain of the wooden base for his sculptures is accentuated through scorching and the rusted finish of the metal creates fascinating textures and depth.
Texture is key to Jill Ford’s ceramic wall panels which depict various landscapes. They are striking in their use of contrasting glazes and textures from rough, dark tree silhouettes to translucent, smooth blues of water. Their impact comes from the intimacy and warmth of the porcelain combined with the sense of place the images invoke.
Each artist has been selected for this exhibition because of their innovative use of materials and ability to capture something unique in their work. It promises to be an enticing exploration of imagination, celebrating the creativity of local and British-based artists.