Exhibition Archive
24 June - 22 July 2006 - Nunnery Gallery, London UK
 


The Stars Down to Earth

Selected by Andrew Hunt

Alan Bond / Brignell and Raimes / Gordon Cheung / Giles Corby / Deborah Crofts / Robin Dixon / Susannah Hewlett / Mandy Hudson / Daniel Lehan / Maslen and Mehra / Danny Pockets / David Saunders / Dawn Shorten / Ruth Solomons / Tomoya Yamaguchi

This year’s annual Bow Arts Trust exhibition has been selected by curator and art writer Andrew Hunt and features the work of seventeen artists picked from amongst over ninety members of the Bow Arts Trust.

The exhibition includes video documentation and sculpture to formal painting. The title of the show is taken from a collection of essays by Theodor Adorno, and was initially sparked by two separate works. The first of these, Remaking the Planetarium, is a large domed structure made of doors and other reclaimed material by Alan Bond. This will dominate the largest of the Nunnery’s three galleries. The second work by Daniel Lehan consists of a number of framed pages from the artist’s personal diary. Each page contains an entry by Lehan along with a corresponding astrological prediction from a national newspaper.

Around half of the artists present work in the form of installation, mixed media, sculpture or video. These include Giles Corby’s Floor piece Underworld, Brignell and Raimes’ DVD footage of inner and outer space, Maslen and Mehra’s lightbox showing a photograph of a mirrored figure in a Death Valley landscape, Susannah Hewlett’s absurdly theatrical video works and Danny Pockets’ posters featuring blue plastic bags caught in trees.

The other half of the artists are painters. Amongst these is Gordon Cheung, who shows dystopic images of buildings and architecture painted onto a ground of newspaper. Another painter, Dawn Shorten has produced a small series of cloud formations that convey a feeling of suspended reality. Also showing smaller scale paintings are David Saunders, Mandy Hudson, and Robin Dixon, while some large abstract works are presented by Ruth Solomons, Deborah Crofts and Tomoya Yamaguchi, whose repeated motif of white concentric circles on a black ground somehow indicates a cosmic or spiritual concern.

About Andrew Hunt
Since January 2006 Andrew has been Exhibitions Curator at the International Project Space, Birmingham, UK and until recently been Assistant Curator at the Norwich Gallery and EAST. His recent exhibitions include ‘Writing in Strobe’, Dicksmith Gallery (2006), John Russell ‘Geniess’, Norwich Gallery, (2005), and ‘Like Beads on an Abacus Designed to Calculate Infinity,’ Rockwell (2004). His publishing activities include Slimvolume, produced on a yearly basis since 2001. He is also Reviews Editor at Untitled, and a regular contributor to Frieze and a number of other journals.Exhibition Open


Open:
24 June - 22 July 2006
Thurs/Fri/Sat: 1-5pm

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