Footnotes 3 - Studio & Synergy showcases current work by eight artists who are based at our studios at Crescent Arts. Whilst there is no central theme, the exhibition explores the synergy between artists and associations between their work, hinting at common concerns. Their work spans a range of media and approaches including painting, sculpture, ceramics, mixed-media, moving image and the (re)appropriation of collected or found objects, material, footage and images.
Ruth Miemczyk presents new paintings produced since taking up her studio here in 2015. Ruth’s current work continues her practice to explore an abstract visual language of colour, geometric shape, scale and gesture. She seeks to create a strong sense of space in each work arrived at through an intuitive, though highly rigorous, process of painting.
Justin DL is working with processes whereby abstracted, sometimes pixelated, visual material is manipulated through an interchange between the physical and the digital. Scanned print outs are transposed by the ‘hand of the artist’ and then re-scanned, giving a sense of mutability and placing in question the notion of a ‘finished state’ of the work.
Charlotte Salt works with found materials, images and objects collected from a range of sources – the internet, junk shops, markets, scrap yards. She assembles and manipulates material to heighten associative qualities, drawing upon tensions between quick gesture and labour intensive processes such as a use of ceramics or textiles. Her work explores contexts and concerns relating to expression, feminism, labour, narrative and memory.
Janet White also incorporates found objects and materials in her work. She has, for some time, been exploring landscape and architectural sites as the source of her material and as a means to plan and map pathways through her experience of the environment and its history. Evidence of this activity includes photographs, drawings, frottage and collected architectural and natural fragments.
Webb-Ellis are becoming widely know for their large-scale moving image installations. Many Moons is a more intimate online project which incorporates short videos of between 10-30 seconds duration aligned by the artists to stages of the lunar cycle. The video material, which is accessed online, takes on the character of a ‘visual diary’.
Steven Malorie Potter works predominantly with the traditional medium of paper cuts. The content of his work, however, defies expectations through irreverence and humour. It could be said that his work trades upon apparent contradictions between highly skilled craftsmanship, a slow and painstaking process of artistic production, and contemporary forms of technology, communication and social media.
Serena Partridge is also well-known for the high level of skill in crafting the work she produces, as a clear strategy to position her work seamlessly within specific contexts such as museum collections. Serena will exhibit a selection of recent work including miniature shoes and embroidered items some of which were seen at Brönte Parsonage as part of ‘Charlotte Great and Small’ in 2016.
Footnotes 3 - Studio & Synergy brings together a selection of the artists’ work to explore associations, create visual dialogue and to reveal some common or collective concerns. We hope you will enjoy exploring the exhibition and meeting some of our artists who will be happy to discuss their work with visitors.