AboutSteve Helm, Amy Joslin, Erk Smith and Ric Warren have all studied Environmental Art & Sculpture at the Glasgow School of Art and continue to be developing their individual artistic practices within the city of Glasgow, exhibiting locally, nationally, and internationally.
âWhile acknowledging various overlaps in conceptual understanding, material usage, stylistic approaches and techniques, we all have very different artistic practices. However, an important commonality is the use of âdrawing', in its various forms, as an integral catalyst of our research and creative development. Whether it be sketches in notebooks, photographs, digitally produce images, small models, or video clips; we see drawings as important and necessary junctures between initial concepts and resolved artworks.
With a desire to expose these studio-based aspects of our output, it is our intention to give particular focus to the more immediate and preparatory aspects of our individual practices. Through the bringing together of these autonomous sketches and ideas we hope to rediscover resonance in our interests and form new conceptual relationships between works. We hope to utilise The Pigeon Wing's project space as a site for experimentation and collaborative development.' Steve Helm, Amy Joslin, Erk Smith and Ric Warren.
Erik Smith is interested in the liminal substance of living, the order of a visible world and the spirit in which it's stuff becomes animated. His work often takes the form of absurd automatic drawing, snapshot photography and diagrammatic notes. Smiths' work maintains a sensibility of everyday pathos. Amy Joslin finds influence from structural forms found in aspects of architecture and industry, whilst also initiating a dialogue between these and the more organic and natural. Playing with ideas surrounding functionality in relation to form, Joslin has most recently found the metaphoric versatility of ceramics most in line with her approach to art making; considerate of the act of creating as of equal importance to the final outcome. Steve Helm is self-reflexive, accepting a need to take responsibility for a kind of disobedience from economic, cultural, social and religious fact that results from being a practicing artist who emancipates himself from the facts. Helms intention is to let go of the notion of outcome and possession and to commit himself to forms of action that that lend themselves to surrender, presence, and latent excess. To do this, formal structures are made from wood and metal to facilitate actions involving base/excess materials such as clay and soil. Rich Warren is interested in manmade and urban structure, their effects and what they represent. This includes the symbolic development of urban materials and forms as well as research into how social separations are manifested in urban space.