A shifting centre of balance
A shifting centre of balance brings together the work of six artists as part of the Artists Access to Art Colleges Programme (AA2A). This programme supports practicing visual artists and designers with the opportunity to undertake a period of research and provide time and space in which to initiate or realise existing work. The exhibition features work by the 4 selected artists of the scheme; Deborah Bower, Yvette Hawkins, Jonathan Lynch and Iris Priest. In addition, the programme also recognises the importance of the professional development of the student body and over the past 7 months the four artists have worked with a number of students providing workshops, artists talks and also creating artist/student collaborative opportunities. This exhibition includes the work of the AA2A student reps currently studying on the BA Honours Fine Art programme; Matt Foster and Charlie Snow.
Deborah Bower is an artist filmmaker who is extending filmmaking into print – looking at the similarities between the techniques of film and print making. As part of this exploration she has taken imagery from a 16mm film made from collaged lighting gels and created screen prints referencing them. Her printing process purposefully mirrors and magnifies the irregularities inherent in her construction of these small and intricate film strips.
Matt Foster uses words and statements from the world around him and deliberately repeats them back to the viewer. It is his hope that said context will allow the viewer a fresh perspective on how the people that inhabit the world around them think; whether it is about the subject themselves, that which is around them, or not at all. It is his intention to remind the viewer that what was always mundane is still mundane, and that which is presented as ordinary is not always so.
Yvette Hawkins makes tactile, engaging and textural sculptures and installations that explore suggestion and secrecy. Her work is concerned with the physical acts of looking, reading and listening encouraging viewers to consciously be aware of their surroundings, controlling and manipulating the way things can be seen, read and heard.
At the heart of Jonathan Lynch's practice lies something which isnt there. The visual manifestations of this thought process render emotionally charged, lonely portraits of places and imaginations, redolent of anonymity and solitude. These interior narratives, deep in meditation, often echo the proportions of the spaces within which they are seen, adorning the solace of empty gallery walls, reinforcing and elaborating the act of looking.
At the core of Iris Priest's practice is a concern with the fallibility and ephemerality of entrenched human ideas and ideologies. Her work is an enquiry into the origins of knowledge (epistemology) and how the standardisation and systematisation of received wisdom throughout history conditions humanities relative yet shifting perception of the universe. www.irispriest.co.uk