ART IN MIND EXHIBITION – 3RD – 14TH OCTOBER
ART IN MIND EXHIBITION
3rd – 14th October 2019
Preview: Wednesday 2nd October 18:00 – 20:30
The Brick Lane Gallery, The Annexe, 93 – 95 Sclater Street E1 6HR
AYUSHI JAIN | ART BY CLAUDIA HEART | EKATERINA | GINA MORTON
GOLDA DISC EIGO | YE JI ‘GRAHAM’ KIM | JOHN SPARKS
MYLENE ART | PAVLA OUTLÁ
Ayushi Jain – Ayushi takes inspiration from the colour of nature, she uses tones from sunsets and landscapes to symbolise the vast beauty of nature through expressive marks. Each of her pieces are titled to reflect the source of her palette. The dichotomy between her smooth strokes and tones with the thick and rigid marks emulates scenes in nature and the transitional and unpredictable quality of the elements.
“Nature play on our senses with colors and forms, an urge to unite all those colors on my canvas, inducing a sense of enhance creativity, motivation, productivity and healing to the viewer”
Art by Claudia Heart – Claudia is a German artist whose focus resides with Lithographic prints. She uses this technique to mimic the movement and fluidity of the dancing human form. Her works are devoid of colour to allow the form its full recognition. Claudia does, however, use colour within her collages, which are more expressive and evasive in their subject’s depiction. These images are bold and experimental, yet considered and leave remnants of images below broad strokes of paint.
“When I make art, then I am completely by myself and at the same time, I think of nothing else. Art frees my soul.”
EKATERINA – EKATERINA creates pieces where the materiality and subject are juxtaposed. The sculpted pieces of metal, nuts, bolts, screws, form the shape of fluid dancers and feathered headdresses. The piece ‘Yellow Submarine’ is devoid of any colour and formed from dark metal tools. However, the placement of the cogs and the element of curiosity in the style of EKATERINA’s work encapsulates the humour and sense of fun that his pieces intend to generate.
“I see my works as highlighting the similarly between different elements of our world, that co-exist in harmony, despite their differences, anything can be achieved by using a creative approach.”
Gina Morton – Gina Morton is a London based artist who works with a range of mediums, currently focusing on the relationship between art and craft, her work often has feminist undertones. Gina’s artworks often take a critical view of social and cultural issues such as Feminism and its relevance in today’s society. She started this pursuit by using needle and thread to create 2D imagery, but most recently she has ventured into the world of painting and sculpture, sometimes combining the two to create a stitched painting/sculpture hybrid as a type of 3D installation.
Gina has become very interested in exploring the history of painting and the impact this has had on today’s society as a whole, but also the materialism of things, the vibrancy of colour and the impact of texture. Looking into the relevance of each of these aspects and how they relate to each other led her to creating Artworks, which contain indulgent colour combinations and textural properties. The exploration into the movement of paint, its apparent freedom across paper or canvas and the combinations of colour which can be achieved mixed with the sometimes rigid patterns of stitch is something that has deeply interested her.
“It felt natural to take images and elements from traditional oil paintings and change their context by bringing them into the modern day by creating my own stitched paintings and sculpture; by creating these objects I hope to have also created a discussion about modern society’s lust for beauty and glamour which seems to be used to disguise broader societal and mental health issues. I feel by using stitch, which is traditionally a female pursuit, combined with the traditionally male pursuit of painting together the resulting images create a strong enquiry into where we are in terms of craft and art but also as females and males in society today.”
Golda Disc Eigo – Golda lives in New York and uses its intrinsic bustling rhythm as her main influence. Pieces of collaged words and imagery peep through the surface of a muted tone wash. The expressive painting style is somewhat reminiscent of Rothko whilst the pasted imagery emulates the streets of New York City. The ever changing and evolving microcosm is distinctly mimicked in the suggested build up of layers within the piece.
“My visual sense was developed underwater. I remember hours being spent in my childhood staying below the surface because I was so mesmerized by the light penetrating and transforming the most ordinary of things and making them beautiful.”
Ye Ji ‘Graham’ Kim – Born in Seoul and raised in Vancouver, Graham constantly finds himself under the influence of diverse creators and conflicting, ever-changing philosophies across cultural spheres. Amidst this entanglement prevails a love of contemplation and self-reflection – these are spaces in which, he believes, we learn and feel and grow in character.
“My process for these works involved ruminating the mundane: day-to-day joys, the come-and-go of melancholy, everyday moments of transition and travel. Through gestures, colours, and movement, I try to draft portraits of routine personal experiences. In Quotidian, this involves illustrating a recognizably human figure in the act of stretching. Vivacity and Melancholy is a diptych of prints where abstract shapes and forms represent our emotional extremes. I incorporate various kinds of imagery across the pages of Transitory Playlist to illustrate the physical and emotional significance of one’s daily commute. Such small, yet profound, stories that we each carry from one day to the next inspire me to create.”
John Sparks – John Sparks is a self-taught oil painter. Inspired by his travels, he paints atmospheric scenes depicting modern life in a classical way. Inspired by the American realists, Sparks seeks to expose the inner vitality of his subjects. His works are remarkably accurate and his use of tone and depth ensures his works encapsulate the form and mood of his subjects. The evasive identity of the characters in his works allows the work to be accessible and add a sense of curiosity.
Mylene Art – Mylene’s works are in direct response to her surroundings, each piece reflects nature and her own warmth. The earthly sculptures are formed and reworked with colour whilst the shape depicts elated faces.
“I am looking to create original pieces and I am particularly attached to textures. Each of my creations comes from a strong intuition, a recurring reflection, a search for technique, a need for balance or pure pleasure. My artistic research forces me to go back and forth between stained glass and ceramics, between abstraction and realism. Whenever I find myself in front of a clod of clay, I am possessed by the magic of the earth.”
Pavla Outlá – Pavla Outlá, the ceramist, was born in 1969 in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Her works are in response to her inner connection to the earth. These natural forms are smooth and twisted with carved lines and shapes. They almost create a sense of fluidity and softness whilst creating an interesting duality between the materials colour and rigidity highlights the robust nature of our earth.
“The clay and its immense options help me to express my thoughts and feelings. To decorate my plastics I use engobe, metal oxides and patination. In my art pieces I want to show how I feel the energy from the connection with nature and how much energy circulate in plants, which they are able to transmit it to us humans. Angels, in my understanding, endeavor to transmit all kinds of energy. There is a lot of energy circulating in all of us and it needs to be used till the last drop. “