Chris Horner explores the relationship between artist and material through morphing disused building materials found in his dad’s building site, with conventional art supplies. He creates highly tactile pieces, sculptural paintings like, through deconstruction and reconstruction that challenges the viewers with the familiar in an unfamiliar distorted context.
While Horner’s material experience stems from manufactured building supplies, Geraldine van Heemstra’s process connects her with the material natural world. Through an immersive experience of walking and engagement with the elements, van Heemstra functions as a conduit of the unseen. With drawing and sound devices created from found objects of the land, she records the intangibility of the wind by making these devices from naturally sourced earthly materials like branches, driftwood and dried heather. They act as receptors of the subtle forces of nature.
Diana Burch’s art is reflective of her wider social concerns. Her work with vulnerable people informs her perception of the fragility of the human condition. Through her choice of delicate materials forming transient and fluid sculptural pieces, she reflects on contemporary anxieties and insecurity. Burch’s garment pieces index the form of the absent author, triggering ideas of memory and emotion.
The form of the human body is prevalent in KV Duong’s work. His live body painting performances are a physical and emotional response to his past struggles with his sexuality and his family’s war migration experiences. Duong explores his emotional and responsive state of mind, channelling gestural movements and using his body as a tool to reveal the vulnerability of his life experiences. His sculptures utilise space and uncanny materials to convey his core ideas.