StueyB: Corners and Curves

16 Jan 2016 – 27 Feb 2016

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10:30 – 17:00
10:30 – 17:00
10:30 – 17:00
10:30 – 17:00
10:30 – 17:00

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The New Ashgate Gallery welcomes work by photographer and filmaker Stuey B. Stuey brings a collection of nudes and architectural images highlighting the subtle beauty of form and how these two diverse subject matters can complement each other.


StueyB is a filmmaker, making short films for luxury brands like McLaren, The Balvenie and Vita Gottlieb. StueyB is drawn to shapes and the way that lights falls upon and around those shapes. There is peace to be found in their consideration - whether they are devised of angles or curves. His work transforms what he saw at shutter release into what he felt at the time. Bodies become landscapes; architectural features become spaces for the mind to explore.

Stuey's practice is the battleground where his desire for cleanliness and order meets his fascination with chaos and its lack of structure. This very tension between order and chaos is the engine behind his motivations. It is this internal battle that has defined his style. He says:

Metaphorically, it's a chess move... I release the shutter, then in post-production I take two steps back and one to the left, to simplify and subvert, and complete the image. If it's too tight I'm not challenged, if it's too loose I'm not satisfied. When I get it right, I'm balancing on the edge of a razor blade and I'm share the emotion I had when I took the shot.

Influenced by the cubists and their depiction of faces of 3D objects, presented in two dimensions, this series looks at simple architectural features as the subject matter.

Architects design solid structures but also consider the spaces between the walls; after all, these spaces are created for us to inhabit. Corners is a working title for a series in progress, looking at combining images to create spaces not meant for human habitation, but as spaces for the mind to explore.

The human figure is a complex of shapes that join smoothly, creating beautiful tones, especially where they meet. Curves are seen to replicate their form and radii all over the body, similar to the way that fractals replicate themselves.

Using very specific crops this work abstracts the figure into strange and calming landscapes.

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