Thursday, 10 September 2009
'Weeping Wall', wood, resin, steel.
'Weeping Wall' Detail
'Urban Ghost', wood, steel, resin, lacquer.
'Exhibit A', wood,steel.
'In Place Of Faith', detail.
'In Place Of Faith', wood, rubber, glass, resin, mounted on a light box.
'In Pusruit Of Happiness', metal shell casings, resin, steel, mounted on antique mirror.
SCULPTURE AND WALL ART BY MICK BATEMAN
The world of Mick Bateman is filled with gothic decadence, ordered chaos and a robust delicacy created from decayed objects retrieved from industrial and domestic environments.
Working in a variety of disciplines he captures fragments of history and
reworks them to create new contexts, and give the ‘found’ a more extensive existence and historical importance.
Drawn to rusted and decayed metals, skeletal frame work of buildings and remnants of depression and suffering, he manipulates these elements to create sensitive and unnerving compositions.
“I am fascinated by the skin and the facade - that of a building, an industrial or organic form and the breaking of those protective surfaces through violence or corrosion”
There is a presence of life underpinning his macabre creations, the pieces act as man made incubators, heavily constructed but delicately housing traces of life.
A chandelier adorned with flutes of a blood like fluid and bomb shell casings housing robotic veins illustrate the melancholy weight that anchors his work, making it enigmatic and familiar at the same time.
For more of Mick Bateman's work go to www.mickbateman.co.uk
Le artiste Becky Maynes
MYTHS OF THE MUNDANE
A PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION BY BECKY MAYNES
The stagnancy of normality, the intrigue of suburbia and the subversion of the conscious.
Becky Maynes images of the construction of the perfectly landscaped suburbs of Canada, look on first glance like an advert for perfect suburban family living, but on a closer look, the presence of the machinery that builds these habitats becomes like a monstrous mother, giving birth to cold containers, over powering and compartmentalizing our modern lives.
Behind the walls linger ideas of bored house wives, frustrated fathers and adolescent children striving for a difference in their perfectly mundane surroundings.
These images speak volumes even with out the presence of any human form, but juxtaposed against these are a series of life studies, inter cut into the cold yet bright and colorful familiar imagery.
The figurative aspect of the works almost act like nymphs of modernity, darkly ethereal in their modern and natural context, giving an insight into a psyche of repressed desires.
DALSTON SUPER STORE PRESENTS
‘WE SCRATCH ART’
Private View: Tuesday 7th July, 7.00 - 11.00,
117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB
For it’s third exhibition the Dalston Super Store brings to you a sensory fete from two french artists, Kassim Bay and Dino De La Vega
‘THE PIONEERS OF THE SCRATCH ART’
‘We Scratch Art’ are not a duo you can put a label on and put into a box, apart from a light box maybe. The history of their practice stems form graffiti art but has become vast and varied in it’s development; this research has brought them to an interesting head and a scratchadelic body of work.
On surface level the work could easily be read simply as typography, graphic art and a style of graffiti. But on closer inspection the work is a contrast of a delicate process and fragile materials representing imagery of pop and subversive culture. Transcending the usual street based art work and becoming deeper and richer in it’s monochromatic play with light, sight and touch.
The artists have a deep interest in the senses and how they are used, or not used in the cases of the physically challenged.
This lead to the investigation and use of braille in their practice ,which then gave birth to the element of relief in their work and the process of taking away to create something new.
The work serves to stimulate the senses involving sight and touch, and on viewing it you can’t help but feel the presence of each pieces sound track, derived from the context in which the subject is taken.
‘We Scratch Art’ involve many interesting elements into their practice, fundamentally the fame shy artists work is humorous and conceptual, but firstly made to be experienced and enjoyed.
Come and see these mysterious pieces who’s construction process is a top secret, and witness how the work was born from the street but would now be just as suited to some modern urban interior; and don’t expect Graffiti!
Shucks AKA Dan Shearon
Invite image - Rai Royal
‘The power of orange knickers,
Under my petit coat,
The power of listening to what you don’t want me to know’
For the Dalston Super Stores second exhibition, Alex Noble invites a diverse selection of artists to contribute work derived from the concept ‘Dirty Laundry’. Taken from the phrase, artists exhibit there own personal responses to this concept and idea, culminating in a mentally and visually rich show which seeks to explore what it is that fascinates us all so deeply.
You are invited to rummage through our secrets and desires, question with out answers, and revel in subconscious longings and actions eagerly forgotten.
Installations, films, and printed tea towels will be on display, and work will also be hung on a giant washing line, airing the artists ‘Dirty Laundry’ for viewers to witness in cathartic ecstasy!
Artists include: Emma Gibson, Moses Powers, Erin Petson,
Beth Atkins, Tony Hornecker, Ralf Obergfell, Alessandro Bartolomei,
Morgan O’Donovan, Rai Royal, Cathal O’Brian, Libby Shearon, Becky Maynes,
and many more..............