Will Teather's Infinite Perspectives consists of three-dimensional paintings on globes and unusually formed canvases that employ an innovative type of inverted perspective, giving a 360° view of a space. Both the perspective and the representation slyly shift, depending on which point you look at them. One globe shows a detailed bookshop interior that reveals different aspects of the shop as it turns. Another is filled with doves in flight; viewed from multiple viewpoints it creates the sensation of being in the centre of the flock as they swoop around.
The origins of Teather’s work lie in magical realism. The carnival-esque and a sense of the uncanny are favourite subjects. He wants to create extraordinary visual spectacles through painting. As Teather says, ‘It's about the relationship between the 2D and the 3D, and about creating something closer to the way we see. Our eyes are spheres and rotate around a space and I wanted to find a way to depict that’. As a lecturer in drawing, he is also interested in contributing to our journey through art history to the present day, and sees perspective as a fundamental part of that journey.
His figurative paintings and drawings often depict curious characters caught up in uncanny situations. With influences as diverse as Flemish still life, baroque art and Weimar painters, the artist enters into direct conversation with the history of painting, with the aim of bringing a contemporary sensibility to the table. His latest body of work bring a radical approach to the tradition of realist painting.
The exhibition also includes work by Matt Small, Mason Storm, Robert Sample, Zachary Walsh, Nicolas Ruston, Victoria Coster, Gianluca Pisano, Luca Indraccolo and Sally Jones Fuerst.