Through digital photography, Ashley Alldread explores the Japanese art form of Shabiri (tying and binding the human form) – and in turn the blood flow, adrenaline, fear and sensuality as experienced by both the rigger and the model. By capturing these moments, Aldread considers the spiritual and philosophical implications.
Ian Cutmore’s work depicts the theme of fluid shifting everyday landscapes, expressed as paintings developed from observations of ‘non-places’ as might be seen through a car window. Paul Henegan, who in his words has been ‘just messing about in boats!’, is influenced by the weathered forms found on the Severn Estuary, sometimes making reference to their past lives on water through mixed media assemblages and models/maquettes, while Gerry Henegan-Barr, trying to hold back waves of despair with eco themed tableau, warns of the dangers of overconsumption clogging up the rivers and oceans in waste.
Meanwhile, Melvyn James' figurative canvases includes a kaleidoscope of faiths linked by a symbol of peace, while Peter Lumley taps into the flow of his visual subconscious and surfaces preoccupied with the human form. An intricate and layered mixed media technique deals with the corporeal body and death. In a similar vein, Olivia Wileman works the surface of her paintings to create a unity of colour through a stream of unconscious mark making, sometimes including chalk, gravel and spray paint. The ambiguity of her work allows the emotion and context to be decided by the viewer.
Flow opens in the Main Gallery in conjunction with Chromatic Oscillations, a solo exhibition by Harry Martin, in the Project Space. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local brewery, Springhead.