What's on Show
17th January - 26th February 2017
Matthew Thompson is a South England based Fine Art Photographer. A regular traveler Matthew documents the cities and suburbs that he visits using an analogue film format, presenting his work through a varied form of prints, projections and installations. The exhibition features prints from his black and grey series', 'Edgelands' and 'Yetene'.
As we continue to exist in a so-called Anthropogenic age, human and natural forces continually equal their affect on the planet, with future predictions bleak. Drawing from this, a knowledge of physics and ideas of chaos, time and entropy, Matthew combines such themes with dystopian ideas informed through readings by authors such as J.G. Ballard.
The suburbs and outer edges of cities are his main subject, which he refers to as Edgelands. Away from the forced idealogies of the inner city with square parks and glass skyscrapers, Matthew depicts a more harmonious marriage of the two wordly forces. The transcience of these spaces renders them overlooked and unkempt. This allows raw processes such as human industry and the growth of plants to be intertwined organically. It is Matthew's intention to highlight and celebrate these concrete, industrial forests in his work.
Developing his negatives himself Matthew often opts to leave in marks, spills and leaks in an attempt to echo this manual process and the haphazard development of the landscapes he captures. Working in black and white Matthew removes a large visual element which allows textures to blend more seamlessly and adds a sense of timelessness to his crafted future landscapes.
SMALL & LARGE GALLERY
Legs to Walk us, Drop us,
Small & Large Gallery
18th January - 27th February 2017
The six seek exhibition entitled Legs to Walk us, Drop us is a body of work that loosely focuses on a mythological narrative within a collage universe, created by artist, Ben Giles. The series acts as a fantasy springboard for the viewers own imagination and world. He seeks for the viewer to build, take hold and create their own stories. This project will be held alongside large prints of various works from 2016 in the Small and Large Gallery.
Ben Giles has been selected for printed and online pubications with Paris Review, Flaunt Magazine, Society 6, Avec Magazine, Yen Magazine, New York Magazine, No Culture Icons, Get Inspired, Atlas Magazine and Cake, to name a few.
15th December 2016 - 22nd January 2017
Marcin Kulabko is an Oxford based Polish artist. Graduating from Academy of Fine Art in Warsaw, Poland, his skill and life-long dedication to the arts has been recognised internationally. He has exhibited and sold work in: Denmark, Norway, Poland, China, USA, Holland and England.
Marcin observes the mundane and social acts of the people in his surroundings. His process is led by there being no-planned thought of what it is he is going to draw, nor what the final piece will look like. His nameless characters, objects and patterns are applied individually to paper with coloured marker-pen. Each of his works are originals as Marcin does not make prints and believes that they must remain as one-of-a-kind.
Kulabko's practice touches on surrealism; there is a playful element to his work, as the skilful blend of coloured marker-pen enhances the lunacy of the works perspective. His six week exhibition entitled 'Crowds' will reveal an all-encompassing vision of his observations.