As winter draws near, and with the fading light, we see the season’s change – the landscapes and some of the forms and shapes that inhabit it takes on different meanings and emotions. It is a time of change and a new exhibition, Forms and Shapes in the Changing Light at Murmurations, try to explore realms which hitherto are not seen in the normal light. Under the changing light, forms and shapes take on new meanings, lines and shadows envelop and develop into new ones, creating sad and often poignant emotions imbued both with awe and solitude.
For centuries, artists such as Turner, Chagall, Friedrich and Lowry have been drawn to the fading light - the ephemeral twilight realm between dusk and dawn and the night. Capturing the change, presenting the known and unknown, seen and imagined; representing it in ways stretches our perceptions and lead us into world full of shadows and change. This latest exhibition draws on this fascination as four local artists, George Robertson, Val Flack, Geraldine Franklin and Tom Banks, explore similar themes.
For artists like George Robertson, it has become a complete body of work. Robertson has always been drawn to the twilight essence of changing light. Painting in oils, capturing subtle hues of shadows and the landscape at sunset and sunrise fill most of his paintings from local country lanes and skyline over Bodium or Ewhurst Green where he used to live. His paintings seem to draw you in and make your eyes trace and chase the shadows.
While Val Flack has created some new unseen scenes of lighthouses for this exhibition. Capturing their potent sense of power and foreboding in the changing light of coming storms. These lighthouse acts as powerful monoliths standing against dark eerie skies, almost fighting the pervasive darkness with their unerring light. Although dark, these paintings have a light expressive quality to them which reflects the important role lighthouses play in the lives of mariners.
Geraldine Franklin work mainly with screen prints. Her abstract style of work often depicts shapes and forms which morphs between dark lines and shadows, taking the viewer on a journey between meanings and light. Working with dark tones and ochres, Franklin creates images with ever deeper layers that conjures up forms and shapes that fade and dissipates as though they belong more in the shadows. While Tom Banks’ Meta Vita series, meaning ‘half-life’ in Italian, is a term used to explain the rate of decay of radioactive material. These paintings are of industrial buildings that are often seen sitting incongruously in rural settings. Often glimpsed through hedgerows, behind chain-linked fences; or far off surrounded by fields, with no visible access. The viewer of each painting is located at a similar distance; excluded from what might be happening within. These huge in-organic shapes start to take on the appearance of a still life composition. Strange processing plants grouped with storage facilities of unknown products might become assemblages of innocuous bottles, boxes, and vases.
Atmospheric, moody and broody - Forms and Shapes in the Changing Light is on for 2 weeks only at Murmurations from 26th of September – 8th of October.
For more information, email email@example.com Open 10.30-4.30. Tuesdays-Sundays. 17a Parkhurst Rd, Bexhill-on-sea. TN40 1DE.