7 artists you should definitely see @Mostyn_wales_ Cafe Exhibition @helfagelf

07Sep14

A while back I was asked to curate an exhibition for the cafe area at MOSTYN. Caffi Celf: Insight 2

Eleanor Brooks
Antonia Dewhurst
Morgan Griffith (Sonomano)
Sara-Jane Harper
Catrin Menai
Simon Proffitt
Alan Whitfield

All of the artists are part of Helfa Gelf, the month long artists’ open studios event in North Wales, which starts this weekend.

The idea behind the exhibition was that I wanted to find a group of work that explored the idea of place in some way using drawn, painted or graphic media. Eleanor Brooks’ work all features the hearth and fireplace which is the heart of her home near Beddgelert. This is the place of evenings and nights in the winter, where stories unfold and imaginings take place. It was a joy to install these works on one of the hottest days of the year, back in June. Toni Dewhurst’s work often references homesteads of one sort or another and I was really interested in her drawings of huts/sheds. We share a passion for corrugated tin. Morgan Griffith uses collage in a way that presents fresh perspectives on familiar objects or places. He plays with visual language to create works that are familiar and yet unsettling. Sara-Jane Harper uses drawing to map her surroundings. Her long drawings have a fluidity of line that I particularly like. Catrin Menai’s work is subtle and understated, there is untold narrative unfolding from within the beautiful images she creates. Simon Proffitt (Who will also be showing a major new work as part of Oriel Wrecsam Offsite at Undegun in Wrexham Town Centre this month) uses graphic design skills to portray a series of portraits which seem to explore the notion of whether a place is made up of those in it, or do people create the place, do we ‘belong’ somewhere or does somewhere ‘claim’ us. Alan Whitfield is a talented photographer and here he presents empty or abandoned spaces. All of the work has an element of unheimlich about it, the Freudian concept of an instance where something can be both familiar yet alien at the same time, resulting in a feeling of it being uncomfortably strange. I particularly like this in work. I like the duality of familiarity.

All of the work is for sale and available through Collectorplan

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