Sue Evan’s handcrafted toys will be shown in the Box Gallery from 17th September. The collection features interesting and quirky works from recycled and collected wood. Many of her pieces have simple movement, she incorporates mechanisms, such as cranks, cams, and levers. If the pieces are non-moving, they are mounted on carefully chosen pieces of hardwood, such as elm, oak and popular burrs. Sue uses are variety of acrylic paint, washed, coloured inks and seals with a matt water based varnish or wax polish.
Launch of 2012 Exhbition Programme at The Ropewalk
The 2012 programme of exhibitions at The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber has opened with two diverse themes yet drawn together as they record a brief moment in time.
Beverley based artist Tony Snowden’s exhibition, New Paintings, in Gallery One are what he describes as “a sense of the suspended moment.” Each painting records a brief moment in time, a chance meeting or encounter.
In the Artspace is the photographic exhibition, A Sense of Time, which was selected by East Riding based photographer Chris Harland who admitted that he had a difficult but interesting time selecting the work for the new show.
“I was very impressed with the wide array of different interpretations of the ‘time’ theme,” he said. “The measurement of time is, after all, a man-made construct but the majority of the images submitted and selected for the exhibition reflect the spiritual aspect of our awareness of time’s passing.”
The Ropewalk’s Exhibitions Officer, Richard Hatfield, added that the opening days of both exhibitions had been very popular.
“We have had a lot of visitors since the exhibitions opened,” he said.
“Tony’s exhibition is quite an insular subject but has captured the imagination of those looking at it while the photographic exhibition is a more accessible show,” he continued. “Since it opened we have had many visitors who enjoy photography themselves saying they now wished they had entered some of their work.”
New Paintings continues until February 26 while A Sense of Time ends a week later on March 4.
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Poppies – The Colours
“In 2012 I began photographing the red common corn poppy (Papaver rhoeas) in fields around my home in the East Riding of Yorkshire. A small body of work grew into a documentary photographic project entitled Poppies: Women, War, Peace. It became a response to forgotten women of war, past and present and as a tribute to the resilience of the poppy flower itself, able to grow tall and spectacular, especially in areas of great upheaval and trauma. This work will continue to evolve until its final destination in 2018.
In the meantime, I am immersed in an intense period of study of the family Papaveraceae: the poppy family in all its colours, red, yellow, orange, pink, burgundy, white and black, plus its striking relatives such as Meconopsis, the Himalayan blue poppy. I photograph poppies in daylight as I see them. I leave the prints out in rain and hail and still they are beautiful. I press them, noticing how their pigments change and deepen, from scarlet to purple, yellow to orange, white to brown. I photograph these pressed poppies against my window, daylight revealing the threads and veins of the petals, a make-up that is the same, whatever the colour.”
Lee Karen Stow
This show will explore the role of quick decision-making, incidentals and ‘happy accidents’ in his collagraph printmaking. Sinclair’s textured, largely abstract prints are both elemental expressions of mood and responses to everyday materials. He uses fabric edging, plastic fruit bags, plumbing washers, layers of card, gels, matchsticks and other ordinary materials to make printing plates. He then prints his compositions on fine papers, with subtle mixes of traditional and metallic inks.
Katy has worked with clay for over 20 years, from her Lancashire studio she creates contemporary ceramic vessels and handmade ceramic jewellery. The vessels, bowls and wall plaques are decorated with slips before being impressed with marks which are inspired by her photographs taken whilst travelling extensively. Each piece is decorated with splashes and layers of colour to highlight the texture and mark making before firing to stoneware. Every item created by Katy is slab built with black clay and are a celebration of material and mark making.
“The marks made on my work are created with man-made objects such as screws and nails found on the street, or from parts of circuit boards salvaged from abandoned electrical goods. This way of impressing marks into clay is a reflection of my long-held fascination with the concept of future fossils and how the throw away nature of modern life affects the land.”
Chris Moss creates sculptures of beasts and birds in order to understand them better. Time spent watching animals gives her an understanding of their framework and architecture as well as how they interact with each other. Her curiosity is linked to their movement and how this can be recreated. She finds that drawing focuses her observations allowing the natural extension into wire sculpture.
With the use of new and reclaimed materials, sourced from various suppliers of functional wire and metal products or fragments found on walks and forays Chris experiments with the balance between these materials, so that a work, as well as saying something about its subject, is still about the materials it’s made from and reveals aspects of the drawing and re-drawing process.
A mixed exhibition of paintings and prints that runs throughout the summer featuring: Hilary Angle, Kate Boxer, Henritta Corbett, Nick Ellerby, Colin Gale, Jason Hicklin, John Martin, Ian Mitchell, Stef Mitchell, Melvyn Petterson, Clive Redshaw, Keith Roper, Letitia Thompson, Martin Waters & Malcolm Whittaker.