Latest exhibitions at The Ropewalk
The penultimate exhibitions for 2013 at The Ropewalk in Barton upon Humber are opening this month.
On Saturday, October 19, one of The Ropewalk’s studio artists, David Alcock, is exhibiting work which ranges from heavily worked surfaces that have been repainted over many layers through to a sparsely painted series of small scale works on canvas.His exhibition David Alcock: Paintings in Gallery One has a common ground in which they feature a balance of considered and controlled marks that interact with a more accidental type of mark.
“I use these accidents, drips and poorly mixed colours, featuring them, painting around them to highlight them and repeating them so they form as much a part of the structure of the paintings as the more considered marks,” he explained.
“The last thing that happens to most of my paintings is to give them a title. I wouldn’t want the title to pin it down to being about one thing, it’s just something I feel like I need to do. I might see something in the painting at the time that connects with a personal experience or memory, and in that way it has a reference to the outside world. However in the end they are primarily about the process of painting and what the viewer sees in them,” David went on.
Aside from continuing to develop his practice as a painter, David has been employed in cultural learning working with museum and gallery collections.
Opening a week later is a joint exhibition in the Artspace by two more studio artists, Richard Hatfield and Tim Needham.
Although the two share a studio and work independently, they both find common ground in their references to landscape but it is their divergent approaches which spark the dialogue in their fourth exhibition at The Ropewalk.
While Tim’s works appear to stem from indefinite vantage points, Richard takes the idea of location, and of landscape itself, as an expansive vista of infinite potential.
“As Tim and Richard share a studio, as well as this exhibition, it is interesting to look for similarities and contrasts between their work,” said Liz Bennet of The Ropewalk.
Already open in the Box Gallery is an exhibition by Christine Cummings. After spending her life surrounded by many and various farm animals and pets it is not surprising that her ceramic sculptures capture her love of the natural world be it a grazing cow, a scratching chicken or a dog racing down the street.
Christine’s exhibition continues until November 3 while the two other exhibitions both end on December 1.