20-21 Visual Arts Centre is delighted to present Extensions, a new exhibition by painter and installation artist Dom Heffer.
Dom Heffer wonders why our culture is so dominated by the moving image? When still images allow much more space for the imagination to breathe and the eye to roam....
He describes the works in Extensions as 'screens for attention', and hopes to absorb the viewer, encouraging concentration and daydreaming.
The paintings are colourful and anarchic like thought itself, contrasting elements of painterly impulsiveness with areas of slow development and time consuming labour. Collage sections are used to break up the painting process, and allude to the 'constructing' of a visual image through painting.
Motifs include sprawling networks of pipes, cross-sections of buildings, exploding heads, and strange hybrid creatures that the artist refers to as 'stooges'.
An installation of large cartoonish pipes, hung throughout the gallery - leading viewers from work to work - whilst acting as dubious observers themselves!
FREE ARTIST TALK Saturday 14 December
Dom Heffer will be at the gallery at 1pm on Saturday 14 December meeting visitors and giving a free talk and tour of the works in the exhibition. Free event, everyone welcome, no need to book.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Dom Heffer is based in Hull. He was shortlisted for the Woolgather art Prize in 2012, has worked with the Media Ecology Association, Michigan, and has recently been making new works in collaboration with the Institute of General Semantics, New York. He was overall prize winner of the 20-21 Visual Arts Centre Open Exhibition in 2013.
This project was made possible by public funding from The National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Dom would like to give special thanks to Steve Elliott of iota visual arts for his work constructing the pipe-work.