Wonderland Exhibition 2009

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Wonderland at the Foundry

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exhibition of exciting new work; animals, fashion and natural elements in unexpected situation
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Drawing-Prints-Paintings-Poetry-Workshops

A collaboration of three artists:

 Nick Marsh

Helen Turner

Gary Goodman


Lewes Artwave 2009

Saturday 29th August-12th September 2009

Private view Friday 28th August 6-10pm

Exhibition open Wednesday to Saturday 12-5pm

The Foundry Gallery, Market Lane Garage, 32 North Street

Lewes,BN7 2PH

Click to see Workshop Bookings

 

The Foundry Gallery- once part of the Phoenix Ironworks Lewes. It was converted for use as a public space in August 2006 by Artemis Arts. ’A wonderful important space. A magic venue full of atmosphere and style.’ Visitor comments.

 

Artemis Arts is a local charity set up in 2006 by Wenda Bradley and Christine Hall.  This year it is offering a platform for the  work of three artists who use fantasy and the imagination as starting points for their work. Subconscious connections lead the viewer on a journey through dream and memories where familiar objects suddenly possess new meaning and reference. Toys and other familiar items are reframed and offered to the viewer to take another look.

 

Helen Turner

Process and diverse materials are evident in the surfaces and textures of her eclectic, drawings, paintings, prints and collages. Helen reworks images by refining and simplifying . Aspects of the observed world are represented through the impact of dynamic marks and colours.

 

‘I make paintings and drawings instinctively; references and 
inspirations come from autobiographical experiences, feelings and the love of art  fashion and nature .The choice of images together with the variety of materials are what makes the work unique and  have a strong physical presence .” Helen Turner

 

Helen Turner is a painter and printmaker.She studied at Canterbury 
College of Art and now lives and works in Lewes East Sussex. Her work achieved prominence when she was shortlisted for the prestigious John Moores Contemporary Painting Prize in 2002 and subsequently when she was selected to be Artist for the Day at
Flowers Central Cork Street London in 2006. In 2008 she was invited to exhibit at Flowers East in a mixed show and recently had a two person show with Sophie Smallhorn at Chalk-Hill gallery in Guildford. Helen continues to exhibit in London, the UK and Europe and has a growing reputation.


 Workshops
 Helen will be leading two practical workshops for adults during the exhibition. These will take place in the gallery and be based on her working practice. The first, ‘Intimate Nature”, will use a huge display of plants and flowers as a starting point for drawing and mixed media. Participants will be encouraged to work in a variety of scales and experiment with ideas and processes. Her second workshop, ”Transforming Objects’, will play with the ideas of why particular items intrigue and fascinate. In some cases the objects themselves may become the surface for paint and collage. Participants will be asked to bring objects that could be transformed in this way, e.g. trays, old framed paintings, bags, shoes etc

 

Nick Marsh   Cute and cuddly objects are transformed into disturbing totems through the use of photography and digital manipulation. The artist changes scale and context to translate familiar images and ideas into sometimes sinister and challenging forms.


"Essentially I want to create images that make some sort of sense of 'being', work that is a creative, reflective, intuitive and thoughtful response to the world I live in.
Photographic, computer and print technologies are used to create the work. Themes and images, and their underlying ideas, are developed and evolve through the processes of selection, juxtaposition and editing." Nick Marsh

 Nick studied at Brighton Polytechnic and went on to Wimbledon School of Art MA.
Exhibited in a number of national print shows including at Reg Vardy Arts Centre, Sunderland and The Morley Gallery, London; Clifford Chance, KPMG, BFK Bank,  London, Silverstein Gallery, New York , Greenwich Theatre Art Gallery
Works in collections of KPMG, Eversheds Contemporary Art Collection

 

Nick’s work will be the focus of the first family workshop on Saturday 29 August 12-4pm when visitors will be asked to reconsider favourite toys and belongings.

The artist will be present to discuss and lead the work. It is hoped that an exhibition of the work produced in the workshops will be displayed in the gallery.

 

Gary Goodman paints images of resounding directness. This produces work of intense human understanding that belongs to a lineage of artists that include Jean Dubuffet, Vincent van Gogh, EL Kirchner and Edvard Munch

Gary has exhibited his paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures all over the world - from Alaska to New Zealand via Europe (France, Italy, Germany, Norway, Estonia, Scotland).

He has shown in many galleries in England including the National Portrait Gallery, Royal College of Art (Hunting Art Prizes) and Mall Galleries (Discerning Eye) - recent exhibitions include new paintings with Billy Childish; and printmaking with MC Escher and Chris Pig in Atlanta, USA. An upcoming show of painter printmakers at Zimmerstewart, Arundel, shows Gary exhibiting alongside Paula Rego, Chapman Bros., Jim Dine, Peter Doig etc.

 

Gary is a featured artist in both Painting the Figure: a New Approach by Emily Ball (2009) and Printmaking: Traditional and Contemporary Techniques by Ann d'Arcy Hughes (2008).

 

Gary is also a writer; in 1998 he completed a catalogue of drawings and poetry with contributions from Professors Norbert Lynton and Michael Tucker.. In 2009 he was included in the Java Monkey Poetry Anthology (Kodac Harrison USA) and also helps organize regular poetry events under the name Desperate For Love.

 

For the past 20 years he has taught on a variety of courses at various universities and colleges and continues to run workshops in printmaking, drawing and painting.

Gary Goodman works from his shed at the end of the garden in Sussex.

 

‘There is a good deal of the shamanic in Goodman.’

Prof Michael Tucker

 

‘Gary Goodman is driven - his work is elemental, searching, honest. ‘

Veronica Travers

 

‘Gary Goodman is not trying to impress anyone with his art

Gary Goodman is merely saying hello with some drawings’

Billy Childish

 

 ‘Far from brutal, Goodman’s way of painting is highly poetic’.

Prof Norbert Lynton

 

The exhibition offers an opportunity to experience the work of this fascinating artist and to also attend a performance of poetry and music that he is presenting on Thursday 10 September 8pm’ Desperate for Love’ in the Foundry Gallery. He will also be available during that evening to discuss his work.

 

 

 

The design on the invitation card has been created through a combination of images from the three artists  brought together digitally by Nick Marsh.

 

 

One of the aims of Artemis Arts is to act as an interface between the art and the audience by encouraging active participation in workshops for all ages and abilities. To this end there will be three family workshops on each of the Saturdays during the exhibition. Visitors will be welcomed and encouraged to produce their own responses to the Wonderland created by the three artists.

 

More information available at www.artemis-arts,co.uk

 

 

Artemis Arts | 1 School Cottages | Iford | Lewes | East Sussex | BN73PL | Tel 01273 486595/470376 | Email artemis-arts@macdream.net

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