We have an exciting programme of exhibitions and events in 2020.
March 18 – 29
Negative Space is a collaboration by final year BA fine art students from the University of Kent, curated by Lydia Carda.
With the use of 2D and 3D media, the exhibition explores the many connotations of negative space, from the physically devoid, to the use of contentious publicity.
Carda is a visual artist with a special interest in sculpture, installations and abstract painting. She is inspired by human condition and social issues. For this exhibition she has chosen to work with delicate and fragile materials to express loss, memory and the journey of the neglected and less privileged.
Using 2D and 3D media, Goodwin works with the idea of inhabited or previously occupied space. Exploring traces of the past, and how material and emotional bonds established through life choices, both restrict and enable to create present and future identity.
Hayter takes on a pop art inspired collection of artworks that explore women’s portrayal in the media using collage, magazines and graphics. Taking smaller snippets from magazines and looking at the oversexualized poses and positions models are made to photograph in. A deconstruction of images from magazines and newspapers to distort the image and explore the female form. A beautiful monstrosity.
Jones’ paintings take motifs from the urban environment and reconfigures them within a language of abstract works.
The starting point of Strutt’s practice is language through an engagement with the materials into glass and paper relief.
Matter of Σ importance
Rob Leighton Sculptor
Wednesday 1st April – Saturday 18th April
The work within this exhibition has been selected from a body of work spanning over three decades. Over that period Rob Leighton has created sculptural forms, both figurative and abstract, utilising a range of media ; the ‘matter’ which occupies space and possesses mass.
These forms matter as they are the result of a subject under consideration during the process of creation.
The materials used by Rob when developing the forms has always been a consideration, both aesthetic and practical. As Σ (sigma) is a measurement of variability, which is defined as “ the range of possible outcomes of a given situation’ it seemed a perfect symbol to use within the name of the exhibition.
However, Rob has never given weight to the notion of a hierarchy of materials or to the philosophy of ‘truth to materials’. His works often deceive, the true nature of the matter employed being concealed. In this he could be considered a Sigma male, that is, someone who does not respect the rules of any game. Whether Rob beats the game anyway could be determined by the response to the works within the exhibition.
Whilst a Sigma person is quiet, such a person takes the time to calculate people and their intentions. Rob is happy to discuss his work and material choices with those interested in his work, whether prospective purchasers or simply inquisitive. He will be available to do so throughout the exhibition.
More recently Rob has been giving consideration to the
‘matter’ (materials) used in terms of their environmental impact. Making sculpture requires matter. The choice is diverse, one could almost say infinite. However, the choices become highly constrained when environmental factors are taken into account. Many materials and processes have detrimental environmental impacts. Rob is seeking to employ the ‘least worst’ of these within his recent work and is consciously reducing his personal ‘ environmental footprint’.