‘Experience of Wonder: Wonderment’ is in two formats: a digital on-line exhibition and a smaller gallery-based show. An additional feature of this show is the book ‘Radiant Tarot’ by the artist Alexandra Eldridge and Tony Barnstone, Professor of Poetry at Whittier College, California, which has its USA launch at the Rizzoli book store, New York, on 3rd November. Copies of ‘Radiant Tarot’ will also be available to purchase at the exhibition, a small collection of which will be accompanied by a signed card by the artist.
Wonderment occurs when we find ourselves in the presence of certain phenomena, environments and objects. This experience of wonder appeals to all our senses and evokes feelings and thoughts common to us all. These feelings and thoughts range from the awe-inspiring, astonishing, curious, intriguing and perplexing to the mysterious, deeply spiritual and profound. As we all seek to re-engage with the contemporary natural world and our surroundings, this exhibition offers a timely exploration of how contemporary artists capture the experience of wonder in their work. Through imaginary spaces, dream places, improbable objects and beautiful worlds, this exhibition seeks to awaken our imaginations and curiosity.
A Selection of Exhibition Works
Through a dreamlike world of visual metaphors and drawn from her twelve-year project ‘The Radiant Tarot’, Alexandra Eldridge’s mixed media paintings, ‘The Chariot’ and ‘Ace of Cups,’ explore the timeless enchant of the Tarot card deck; the showing of these pieces coincides with her solo exhibition in Santa Fe, NM and book launch. In the highly-charged chromatic 3D and digital media works ‘Quantum Field...,’ the artist Graham Fudger combines his research interests in physics and semiotics.These works feature close-up images of flowers which challenge our conventional ways of seeing. In ‘Light Through the Trees,’ ‘From Above,’ and ‘Wander Together,’ non-naturalistic vibrant colours take centre stage in the mesmeric narrative paintings of Daniel Freaker. Here human figures inhabit worlds which hover between the figurative and the abstract. Using a minimal aesthetic, García de Marina transforms everyday objects to create poetically surreal un-titled photographic works. In ‘Fission Fusion,’ and ‘Ocean Rain Forest,’ Claire Milner re-images our relationships with the fragility of eco-systems, by combing the shimmering splendour of Swarovski crystals and collaged painted imagery. Peter Moore’s works on paper are densely worked colourful palimpsests of ambiguous thoughts. In the poetic oil paintings ‘Amazon Ceremony,’ and ‘Between Fences,’ Rick Stevens offers revelatory expressions of his experiences of the natural world. Will Solomon’s mixed-media Waterfall paintings, ‘Arctic Falls’ and ‘Frozen’ from ‘The Falls’ series, explore the enthralling elemental forces of Nature. Angela Summerfield’s large-scale oil paintings, ‘Towards a Kinder Form of Nature,’ ‘Between Heaven and Earth, Between Land and Sea,’ and ‘Being with Trees: Summer,’ are re-compositions of observed natural worlds. Each capturing a jewel-like moment in time, these works celebrate the enduring experiences of beauty, and the valuable lesson this can teach us in our relationships with the natural world and one another.