14 Jul 2008 – 7 Sep 2008

De Montfort Hall

Leicester, United Kingdom


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As part of The City Gallery OFFSITE's commitment to supporting emerging artists, and particularly in providing recent graduates from regional universities with one of their first exhibitions after college, The City Gallery OFFSITE is exhibiting a selected graduate from each of the four local universities: De Montfort, Loughborough, Derby & Nottingham Trent. The exhibition, entitled ‘First', creates an overview of the high quality and the variety of work being produced at our local universities. Painting from two photographs taken moments apart, Abigail Tuck stretches the ‘moment' of a photograph into a narrative, emphasising the notion of time itself. Working mainly from family snapshots the evolving nature of memory and nostalgia is highlighted. Dave Briggs also paints from photographs although his source material comes from a different source. Every minute more than two-thousand photographs are uploaded to the internet site Flickr in order for users to share their photos with friends and family or any internet user. Briggs takes one second of this hyper-reality and montages the uploaded images into an oil painting, representing the ephemeral digital image in a real format but with its content dictated by what images Flickr users are currently sharing. The use of the white and red portraying purity and danger in Emma Linnane's series ‘Poppy Red' recalls transformations from innocence to adolescence. Poppies not only refer to rememberance but also to intoxication, the recreational use of laudanum in the early Victorian era gave the user a palid complexion, popular at the time, that accentuated the redness of lips. Linnane's self portraits depict the common excitement and fear associated with escapism. Rosie Tonkin uses drawing combined with objects to create mini narratives or situations. The drawings, created both on paper and directly on the wall, interact with objects: a drawn magpie perched on an old window frame propped against the wall; a girl drawn in a pink dress casually swinging from a rope. These playful and romantic juxtapositions of drawn scene and found object create a unique installation that plays on elements of nostalgia.


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