CoExist is pleased to present 'Fields', a group exhibition curated by CoExist studio artist Lee Sullivan, as a part of the 'Studio Sessions'.
The exhibition brings together four artists working across collage, drawing, installation, print and video. Strategies of abstraction, appropriation, reorganisation and reconstruction are employed as each artist explores the foundations and possibilities of the visual field.
Claire Barrett uses patterns, systems and grids as tools to explore found images of landscapes. The results are works that question what relationship we have with our unknowingly unfamiliar surroundings, transforming 2D photographs to a 3D physical installation.
Miles Umney builds intricate conceptual structures around stark and poetic filmscapes. Ideas of history, movement, time and light are threaded together in installations composed of text, video, ready-mades and photography.
Lee Sullivan's use of abstraction evokes the fractured, cut-up nature of modern life. The landscapes produced by this process are partial and fleeting, appearing at once to grow and collapse. Sullivan's fragmentary worlds recall dystopian ruins and construction sites, crumbling cities and growing worlds.
David Watkins appropriates the visual languages of contemporary science and technology to produce fluid and spontaneous ink drawings. Images from disparate fields are sampled, cross-referenced, overlaid and contrasted to create a new vocabulary, all but emptied of ' although shadowed by - its original meanings and purpose.