Two internationally renowned British artists, Peter Randall-Page RWA and Kate MccGwire, have been brought together for this striking exhibition as part of the RWA’s environmental theme for Bristol’s year as European Green Capital. Featuring two-and three-dimensional work, both artists explore natural phenomena, patterns and repetition, utilising natural or found materials within which to reflect the rhythms of nature.
MccGwire’s work hints at something hidden or lying dormant beneath the surface, concealed by luminescent coats of feathers, each one donated or collected and meticulously preserved. Her writhing, serpentine sculptures – such as the monumental Gyre – are at once both compelling and repelling, beautiful and grotesque.
Although Randall-Page’s work draws on a broad frame of reference from geology, biology and morphology to mathematics, music, pattern and variation, his primary concern is with our subjective, emotional response to shape and form. His recent large-scale ink drawings create watery tributaries across the wall, rich russet-red and black ink splaying outwards like the branches of a tree, river deltas or vascular and neural networks.
Peter Randall-Page has exhibited widely including major solo shows at Yorkshire Sculpture Park and most recently at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery and Plymouth University, 2014. He has undertaken numerous large-scale commissions in England and abroad and his work is held in public and private collections including Japan, South Korea, Australia, USA, Turkey, Eire, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. His public sculptures can be found in London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol. He was elected an RWA in 1993.
Kate MccGwire was recently selected for the 2015 Venice Biennale and has previously shown at Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature and Museum National d’histoire Naturelle, Paris; Galerie Particulière, Brussels; MoMu, Antwerp; Norwich Castle Museum; The Royal Academy, London; Shenghua Art Centre, China; and numerous other unusual site-specific venues including the National Trust properties Tatton Park, Felbrigg Hall, and Attingham Park. She has completed residencies in China and New York and studied at the Royal College of Art.
Kate MccGwire is shown in collaboration with Coates & Scarry.
20 June – 10 September 2015
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