I get an idea, sometimes just a small bit of one when I'm not expecting it, and I go thinking to me; How can this be made real, a thing? And sometimes it is made real and sometimes it isn't, that's how it goes I guess. And when it is, I never really understand it anyway, but if you dig it then that's okay.
Earliest inspirations for my art have come from childhood experiences in west Cornwall, where I was captivated by the wild seas, light and landscapes. There I found my own artistic expression through loving the work of the St Ives artists, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Peter Lanyon and Patrick Heron.
My interest in transformation has created themes for my work in Revolution. Each piece expresses the energy of revolutionary action and ideas. The work is influenced by Spanish artist Antoni Tapies whose background was in the Catalan intellectual elite, where he was exposed to civil and political activity and involvement in the Spanish civil war.
Mostly Flat is a Ludlow-based letterpress design and print studio run by Dulcie Fulton. Letterpress is a relief printing process which, for more than 500 years, has traditionally involved working with hand-set wood and metal type or image blocks. These days, letterpress is an artisan craft, offering tactile results that modern printing techniques simply can't provide. Dulcie runs workshops in Ludlow teaching the fundamentals of letterpress printing to small groups.
Revolution No.1, 2, 3 and 4 are a series of letterpress prints derived from rotational computer algorithms (generated by Processing) and output to vector. Selected instances were made into polymer blocks and printed onto 280gsm acid free Somerset velvet 100% cotton paper.
Elspeth Weston studied at Acaster University. Her work is inspired by geology, geography, geometry and the sands of time. Often pretentious, her work is occasionally thought-provoking.
An algebraic formula that distills the creative process. At its most basic: some thing plus an other thing becomes a new thing. The combination of two different things gives birth to another thing, different to its parents. A + B = C is about sharing that new thing and exploring visual manifestations of those combinations through software.
A + B = C is the digital research studio of Aidann Bowley and the moniker under which he develops generative and interactive art. Its antecedents are in dada, conceptual and minimal art, but also in contemporary graphic design and internet art.
The piece exhibited uses Eugène Delacroix's iconic 1830 painting as its source: Liberty Leading the People (La Liberté guidant le peuple). From this a group of separate elements are born, each of which have their own set of randomly assigned characteristics but whose colour values are derived from the position on the painting that they first appear. They set off on their own journeys, and their tracks across the screen act like brushstrokes, the remnant traces of their past. The result is a changing and shifting composition, which is different each time it runs.
Ross has a unique talent. He is autistic and expresses his creative, warm nature through artwork with pastels. His work changes dependent on the type of medium he is working on. With vibrant defined spaces on canvass, and unique layering on cardboard, each colour is chosen with a space and purpose in mind. He creates bright, colourful pieces which appear abstract, yet his approach to working, placing then blending colour, and positioning shapes together, is highly considered. People often interpret the pieces for themselves: seeing landscapes or people in the shapes he draws.
I am interested in exploring form and texture through the medium of clay. My work in this exhibition is primarily inspired by the industrial revolution, a period of social upheaval during which afternoon tea became a national institution. The textures of lace doilies of the tea party rooms are juxtaposed with the metal machinery of the factories outside. The installation as a whole tells a small part of the surprising history of tea in the same period as linked to drug smuggling, war and revolution in China.
British merchants of the period turned to illegally importing opium to China as a way of obtaining silver to pay for sought after goods such as porcelain and tea. When the Chinese government cracked down on the smuggling, Britain responded with force, triggering the Opium Wars. The military defeats suffered by China weakened the Qing Dynasty, which was eventually overthrown in the Revolution of 1911, and the Republic of China established.
I can accidentally spend hours exploring beautiful maps. I get a rush from a painstakingly drawn 1950-60s geography or science textbook diagram or a technical manual. I take too many photos of interesting buildings. I like the way buildings and people come together to bring a place to life. I like to look for the patterns and paths that each and every generation seem to follow. I like to walk through old woods on windy days.
So, with that in my head, I get ideas for pictures, each print is of a limited edition, usually of between 10 and 50. I hope you enjoy them.
Abandoned Room Collective started out as one man thinking about an exhibition. He wanted a space to put up his work, but one man alone needs either a lot of work or a very small space. Besides, grand ideas are often best shared, he thought, so he invited a couple of people to join him. Working together seemed to be good, so they spoke to other artists they knew and asked them too.
Together they found an abandoned room, hidden at the very top of a Georgian shop in Ludlow and set about making it good. They would hold an exhibition of work in many different shapes and sizes and styles, full of ideas to intrigue and things of interest, the likes of which hadn’t been seen before. It would be a very fine thing indeed...
And it was a very fine thing, and so they decided to hold another exhibition. This year, come and see what Abandoned Room Collective have been imagining, let them share with you their wonder and delight in it all. High up in Ludlow Assembly Rooms they will put on a show, making the space their own. Come along and find them: Join the Revolution!
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