Present Sense

7 Aug 2010 – 5 Sep 2010

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Daily 10am - 8pm, Sundays 11am - 5pm

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The Customs House

Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom


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Sandford Goudie Gallery, The Customs House. A two person show, with the artists - Jayne Wilton and Sarah Kate Wilson


The Exhibition highlights and contrasts singular approaches to a shared objective: of engaging viewers in the dynamics of the sensation of being in an environment. The work aspires to capture the physical and also emotional sensation of presence.

The show is a sensation of sensory information from drawings created from breathing into a graphite bath, to paintings, which evoke imaginary worlds. The show employs drawing, painting and incorporates time based work, collage and installation.

Jayne Wilton's work explores capturing the breath through a variety of approaches. The main body of her work uses dark room processes to depict the trace of a breath as it moves across a surface producing evocative and sensory images of processes we think we know well.

Jayne is fascinated by variations in the breath and the social and emotional connotations implied by the way we exhale a spent breath. She refers to a sigh as 'a universal breathing form which can convey a range of emotions from relief to grief or frustration'. Her body of work investigating this, takes the sound data from a recording of a sigh and translates it into a visual image which reveals the richness and variety of the sigh sound vibration.

Sarah Kate Wilson, strives to keep the audience active in their viewing, asked to interact and move through spaces both imaginary and actual. Onlookers become completely absorbed. The installation of a ball pool, filled with 1000's of blue balls, effects a shift from the Gallery world towards the actual world, as well as forcing the audience to dive in.

Sarah is an artist who is extremely aware of the performative aspect of painting and drawing, the range of drawing, painting, printmaking and installation in this Exhibition shows the far ranging aspects of her practice. At the root of her work is an embodiment of pure delight and childlike rebellion.



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