TRANSFORMING THE EVERYDAY
On the 7th November, Undegun will be launching its 15th exhibition: Transforming the Everyday, which will feature work from: Simon Howe, Chris Charstone, Tim Pugh and Neil Higson.
'Transforming the Everyday' looks at objects that have been taken for granted or passed in the street. Everyday objects, discarded items, fragments, and the minutiae of the unnoticed are all grist to the mill for these four artists.
The objects, scenes and materials used and portrayed by these artists take on a poetic transformation. Here works are created that are redolent with obscure meaning, from which observers can identify their own imaginings, recognition and poetry.
Drawings: Plants and vegetables recreated in drawing and paint, through the eye of imagination. Intriguing, grotesque at times, isolated into motifs of the wonderful obscure. An artistic iconography of sustenance.
Boxed works: Insect, leaf, bud reimagined into an arrangement from dreams. Objects found discarded and regrouped, an over-read paperback, a boxed visual window into absurd mind thoughts. Boxes always boxes - temporary presentation ignored, crafted to be thrown away, revamped to contain subliminal musings.
Photograph Work: The urban street, walking in it, seeing in it, reconfigured. Across different cities and suburbs in the world, the artist notes with the camera and reflects, by merging and juxtaposition, the feelings inspired by everyday street scenes.
Recycled Works: The detritus of human society, value reassigned. The discarded re-seen. Intricate weavings of new meaning and aesthetics. A playful creation of colour and movement from the degraded and unwanted.
Wood Sculptures: Off-cut, discarded, un-valued, now remade, re-valued. Material abandoned and thrown away has been retrieved. Creative works magically emerge from discards. Handmade works of precision and craft without evidence of humble beginnings.
Photographic Work: Documentation of landscape forgotten unnoticed. Derelict, wasted. Retrieved and reformed into land art, with whimsy and reference to the ancient and forever.