Clem So’s images ebb with the flow of Chinese ink, bleeding, layering and merging with photographic elements such as oriental food and ghost money to suggest connection, memory, culture and the afterlife.
Through a combination of the traditional and digital process, hidden layers are peeled back to reveal the powerful and the delicate, conveyed as emotive portraiture. Through the viewpoint of Buddhist ideology, this British born Chinese artist explores the sometimes painful Diaspora and cultural conundrum of his identity.
The Exeter Phoenix Bar Gallery, Bradninch Place, Gandy Street, Exeter, EX4 3LS
Tuesday 26 Apr – Sunday 22 May 2011
Gallery Opening Times: MON – SAT: 10am-5pm SUN: 11.30am-5pm. Entry is Free.
Kati was born and lived until her early twenties in Budapest, Hungary, before moving to England in 1965. For over 25 years now her home has been Devon in the South West of the country, a county famous both for wonderful scenery and long traditions of pottery.
Her love and fascination with clay and ceramics stayed with her all her life. About 20 years ago her dream of eventually becoming a professional ceramicist came true.
She studied at the Universities of Tulane and Santa Barbara, USA. While in America Kati studied many examples of Pueblo Indian pottery. This became a fundamental inspiration for her own work. She was fascinated by the contrast between the beauty and sophistication of the pieces on the one hand and the seemingly, simple methods of production on the other. Native American Indian vessels are shaped by hand and while still damp, the surface is burnished with smooth pebbles. Traditional patterns are carved or painted using vegetable and mineral pigments. Firing takes place outside, on the ground. The end result depends on how the fire is controlled. Some pieces are pitch black and shiny, others colourfully decorated. Each pueblo have their own traditions and style. Kati adapted some of the technique to develop her own work. Burnishing and smoke firing are the signature of her style.
She works on the potter’s wheel. Her aim is to create simple and classical shapes that are inviting to touch and hold. She makes mostly vessels but also abstract sculpture and some simple jewellery.
“The surface remains unglazed. The silky sheen and smoothness is the result of repeated burnishing with polished stones. This is a long process, requiring patience and attention. During the final firing the pieces are exposed to dense smoke created by burning sawdust, wood shavings and newspaper. The smoke is applied in various ways and temperatures to achieve different effects; spontaneous irregular carbon marks, strong colour contrasts or deliberately “drawn” patterns. This stage is the most exciting. My role is to direct and influence but never completely control the natural interaction between clay, heat and
smoke.The finished piece is always individual, often a surprise l and impossible to replicate exactly.” – Kati Vamos
Mathias and Kirsten at 45 Southside, on the Barbican in Plymouth, are looking forward to exhibiting Kati Vamos’ work from the 27th of March 2011 to the 17th of April 2011. The exhibition includes a gallery talk and demonstration by Kati on the afternoon of the 27th of March from 2.30pm. All are welcome.
In an atmosphere unlike any other, a multi-faceted tale is unfolding inside the walls of the medieval Spanish Barn – images, objects, sounds and movements call up hidden worlds and almost-forgotten things.
Much of the work is interactive, demanding the viewers’ attention – without which, it will sink quietly back into the dark walls of the barn… Paranormal investigation, responsive kinetic installation, video installation, painting and sculpture all seek to immerse you.
The title of the exhibition ‘Immersive worlds’ hints at audience engagement and interactive play, and the curator (James Derwin) has brought together some of the most interesting and experimental art practitioners from across the Westcountry – contemporary artists whose works build on these ideas in very different ways.
Artists include: James Derwin, Phil Dixon, Linda Khatir, Michele Whiting, Clem So, Rik Pitman, Beth Jenkins, Carl Cashman, Sarah Baker and Helen Tranckle.
Torre Abbey, Torquay (Spanish Barn)
14th -26th April, Mon-Sun 10am-5pm
Ornate Jewellery Boxes by Eleanor Newell
Eleanor Newell is a highly acclaimed maker of elegant and refined Raku ceramics. Her range includes both decorative and functional items, designed as interior design objects.
“I love working with clay and raw materials, to create stylish ceramics that brings joy to people. From the preparation of materials through to scrubbing clean the final pieces, all my senses are fully engaged. I am constantly in awe of the limitless possibilities of clay available to me as an artist, and connect with my customers through shared appreciation of natural beauty.” -Eleanor Newell
Eleanor’s ceramics are classical in style, whilst distinctively recognisable and unique. She has gained a reputation for developing a wide palette of subtle hues and tones gently interplaying with the crackle effects of Raku, as well as vibrant lustres and matt glazes, all achieved through blending naturally occurring minerals.
Her work is inspired by classical greek pottery as well as Art Nouveau and Islamic styles.
Eleanor also teaches extensively both to adults and school age children.
A selection of her work combining classical elegant shapes with her innovative coloured raku-fired glazes will be exhibited at 45 Southside in Plymouth’s Historic Barbican. The exhibition will run from 13th of February to 13th of March 2011. Eleanor Newell will be at 45 Southside on the afternoon of the 13th of February from 3pm for the opening view. All are welcome to come along and meet the artist.
Specialising in the Newlyn School of Art, having sold paintings to museums and institutions, in particular by Stanhope A Forbes, Walter Langley, Charles Napier Hemy, Samuel John Lamorna Birch, H S Tuke, William Banks Fortescue and several works by the St Ives Group.
The Newlyn School Gallery in Penzance, Cornwall currently have on offer a painting by Norman Garstin (a very French Impressionist influenced oil) Newlyn from the Meadow, circa 1884.
That Winter Light towards South Crofty Mine, December 2010
Beside the Wave Gallery in Falmouth, Cornwall is showing an exclusive collection of new paintings by Andrew Tozer. The exhibition shows Andrew’s impressions of Cornwall’s creeks, barbules and dramatic industrial landscape.
Until February 5th 2011 at Beside the Wave Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall. Telephone 01326 211132 or visit www.beside-the-wave.co.uk
Reflections, Newquay Harbour, Mixed Media
Exeter born and Exeter College of Art graduate, Ray Balkwill has a permanent exhibition of paintings at The Studio Gallery in Exmouth, Devon called Captivated by the Cornish Landscape
. Along with his latest art book, A Picture of Cornwall – Contemporary Artists and the Inspirational Landscape, visitors can experience his love of the West Country in all the small coves, inlets and moorland.
The Studio Gallery, Thistledown, Marley Road, Exmouth, Devon EX8 4PP
Marine Artist Mike Mockford based in Stokeinteignhead Devon and is the creator of
marine art original works, commissioned artwork & fine marine art prints.
He specialises in digital paintings of yachts, tall ships, super yachts, commercial craft and marine landscapes.
Mike is creating a painting for the RNLI to raise funds for the charity.
His piece “The Two Annes” will be on show and for sale in London next year as part of a national TNLI exhibition. Details of the xhibition will be announced later in the year.
Exhibition of a single new work opens at Truro Cathedral
The painting titled Resonance of Compassion is part of Williams’ current series of works examining the demise of compassion in society and in the wider realm with reference to Afghanistan and Iraq. The work presents an allegory that brings together two disparate acts and invites questions of the impact of compassion and empathy.
The painting was made over many months at his studio, a former lifeboat station, in Newquay. An accompanying four minute film documenting the making of the work and featuring local people from north Cornwall posing as models, can be seen at http://www.nicholascharleswilliams.co.uk.
Williams has exhibited widely, with solo shows at the Russell-Cotes Museum & Art Gallery, Bournemouth; Royal Cornwall Museum, Truro, St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh and Liverpool Cathedral for the opening of the European Capital of Culture. In 2001 he was awarded the Hunting Art Prize and in 2008 shortlisted for the Threadneedle Figurative Prize.
Morley Contemporary Art has second one-man show by Gordon Couch, showing 37 paintings rooted in Gordon’s background as a boat restorer in Cornwall.
Gallery open from 10am to 4pm every day during the exhibition from 20th November to 5th December 2010 at Morley Contemporary Art, Tredis Barn, tredis, Shevoick, Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 3ER. www.morleyart.co.uk