Private View 6pm - 9pm on Saturday 30 August, open to all.
Duncan Morris and Henry Heale are exhibiting two bodies of work connected by their exploration of other-worldly scenes and cultures.
Duncan Morris is a London based fine artist. Working with mixed media on raw canvas he attempts to investigate the relationship between outmoded, escapist notions of the ‘exotic’ aesthetic in western visual culture, and its persistence in contemporary consciousness. What relevance does this imagery retain, and how does this affect our perception of travel and other cultures? What is the relationship between this subversion and our experience of the mundanity of our everyday surroundings?
Duncan also produces scenic work for the Royal Opera House in London. Over the years, the two practises have come to inform each other, resulting in the abandonment of the traditional stretched canvas in favour of a hemmed frame and a ‘soft' hanging technique as used on stage.
Henry Heale is heavily influenced by Latin-American handmade graphics, advertising and signage, as well as renowned and contemporary Mexican painters and printmakers. With a passion for the study of pre-Columbian art, culture and religion through repeated travel in Mexico and Central America, Heale is endeavouring to explore ancient Mexican and Central American aesthetic constructs, principles and dynamics.
Through the medium of printmaking and painting. He is looking predominantly at the religious art, culture and architecture of the Maya, Aztec and Olmec civilisations.
The work is focused on ancient mesoamerican theology and the acceptance and celebration of life, death and mortality, both in pre-hispanic and contemporary Mexican society. Heale is striving for archaeological accuracy to best express the inherent strength and subtleties of the ancient stylisation and representation of forms.