Wayside wonders exhibition took place in Abergavenny and on Instagram during April to July 2020 during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The exhibition began by showing painting studies I'd done for colour theory in my art foundation course (yes I still have the folder!) and evolved into painting onto newspaper joined together with masking tape and primed with emulsion. In the later paintings I did away with the emulsion (I ran out!) and found that the light coming through the paper was a rather lovely effect and so simply left out the priming stage of the process.
During lockdown I would often work in my front room - the one with the gallery window in and hear exclamations of surprise, especially from children.
One of the paintings was using instructions given by fellow artist Ash Roberts and most of the rest of them are word collection paintings, having the starting point of one word, some deviate from pure gesture into something more recognisable. Working on such inexpensive material, usually with Gouache due to it's velvety surface, which I'd last used extensively on my art foundation course way back in 2003-5 was incredibly freeing as I'm more usually working on canvas on aluminium.
I updated the images onto a new instagram account:
The Clydach Gorge Collaboration show (Exhibition and poetry reading) at the Hen and Chickens, Abergavenny and talk at The Apple Store Gallery, Hereford
a landscape worn….a qualified acceptance…memory and time rearranged…conversations and dreams…a fracturing and re-ordering
The Clydach Gorge Collaboration brings together local artists and writers who are now beginning sharing ideas about the culture, history, engineering, geology and nature of the site which currently has the extensive A465 roadworks making significant changes to the land.
Initiated by artist Dr Allison Neal whose attention had been caught by the huge changes to the land and had begun creating drawings in response, but she also invited other artists and writers to do the same and share the work within a loose collaborative group.
Others joined the group at various stages and the understanding was that this collaboration of ours did not in any way suggest an agreement, a unity or an attempt to make one thing fit into another. We all entered into it…
Allison Neal: The Clydach Gorge is a quiet and personal landscape but one that is as familiar as an old coat. The landscape itself becomes a closely fitting, comfortable coat.
I’ll be exhibiting the paintings that I have been making from this landscape.
Ann Drysdale: During the course of the project I found my eyes, ears and understanding opened and my attitude changed to a mixture of admiration and qualified acceptance.
I’ll be giving a stand-up performance of the poems I’ve written surrounded by the work of my fellow-contributors.
Liz Morison: My response is still developing, ideas being thrown up and then rearranged or discarded, like giant earth moving equipment scoring and reconfiguring.
I was very moved by one of the group discussions we had about memory and the Clydach Gorge. The length of time of construction has resulted in a proportion of the community who has never known anything different.
I make films and interactive objects.
Catherine Wynne-Paton: My approach to the Clydach Gorge has been to spend time there exploring visually and through conversation. In spring 2017 I gave out Little Gem lettuces to gather little gems about the area as remembered by residents as a part of my research. I’ve been painting and etching in response to the area and pursuing surfacing ideas in unexpected and surprising directions.
Ric Hool: The poems respond to what I witnessed at Clydach Gorge during 2016- 2017: mechanical denudation, fracturing, grinding away of a landscape
and re-ordering that landscape.
With special thanks to Arts Alive for the Mini Fund awarded to Catherine Wynne-Paton, use of their hall in Crickhowell, Greenfingers in Abergavenny for growing little gem lettuces, to the Costain Group for their support and to The Hen & Chickens for the venue.
T R A N S P A R E N C Y
JUGGERNAUTS GROUP EXHIBITION
TRANSPARENCY implies openness of communication, the difference between the ordinary surface of things and what lies beneath.
Juggernauts are a group of artists who met at an ArtQuest event to explore ideas and practicalities around peer mentoring in the arts. We meet monthly to mentor each other; discuss work in progress, give critical feedback, and share advice for navigating the art world.
T R A N S P A R E N C Y will be the group’s first exhibition together and marks the end of a year of peer mentoring. The show galvanises around a theme that highlights our shared concerns, connections and materials.
Participating artists: Julia Biro, Sarah Garrod, Fernando Holguin, Laura Hudson, Sebastian Muscio, Miki Shaw, Gudrun Sigridur Haraldsdottir, Verity Welstead, Tracy Whitehead and Catherine Wynne-Paton.
With thanks to ASC Studios for the use of Unit 3 gallery and project space.