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Selected Paintings and Handiworks
‘Salon’ group show presented by New Art West Midlands
SALON exhibition: 13 November – 23 December 2015
The SALON exhibition at The Waterhall Gallery, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Edmund Street offers over 100 works of contemporary art for sale by 80 artists from the West Midlands and beyond between 13 November to 23 December 2015.
Works include paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, book and film.
SALON is the second selling exhibition organised by New Art WM this year offering audiences a unique chance to see and buy contemporary art by a wide range of artists at a range of prices starting at £20.
The exhibition features work by the following artists:
‘CASTASTROFE’ group show now open…
“In these uncertain times, we’re gathering together the best friends from the past few years and some newcomers for a group show that aims to be a truthful portrait of the moment between what it used to be and what it’s going to be, after this imminent catastrophe”
Studio Cromie presents: INTERESNI KAZKI / AKAY & BRAD DOWNEY / MONEYLESS / SAM3 / ZIO ZIEGLER / SICKBOY / VHILS / DEM / SWOON / CYOP & KAF / MOMO / NUG / WORD TO MOTHER / BORIS HOPPEK / 108 / LUCY MCLAUCHLAN
‘Xylella Fastidiosa I, II and III’ acrylic on canvas, 109cm diamter. 2015
I’ve been visiting Grottaglie for many years now, enjoying the olives harvested from the surrounding area.
This year however I’ve come to learn of the bacteria Xylella Fastidious that is spreading rapidly throughout Puglia destroying the olive trees,
some of which are hundreds of years old. It is a very sad time.
Preparing the canvases in the olive grove…
Thank you to Juxtapoz magazine for the solid interview in the August issue.
If you missed it here it is below, click on the image to enlarge to read
(or see the full interview here).
A group show has just opened in the abandoned military Fort Bema Warsaw.
The painted forts are open throughout the year and worth checking out if you’re in town.
A great line up and wonderful hosts – experienced so much good local food.
Thank you to Marcin, NeSpoon, Tomek and all the gang at Galarie Forty/Forty.
Had a great time painting and exhibiting at the Fluorescent Smogg Project Space in Barcelona.
The installation was based around the very special edition made by Fluorscent Smogg, alongside my copper leafed Linocuts and booklets – thank you Denise for binding them all!
(Photos by Filipp Shamshin)
Fluorescent Smogg is pleased to present a new limited edition and site-specific installation by British artist Lucy McLauchlan. ‘Where Were You Before Now’ looks at the relationship between apparent fragile states and the strength they embody beneath the surface. This duality is apparent throughout her practice when the murals fade or are painted away, the image has gone but the strength of the memory remains.
Taking her natural environment as inspiration, McLauchlan continues themes first explored in her 2014 London solo exhibtion ‘Marking Shadows’. Tracing the contours and surface of the landscape, the artist allows environmental factors to both inspire and influence the way in which she works. McLauchlan’s practice often entertains long-lasting permanent materials, allowing for a certain immediacy and pace within her distinctive mark making. For this show the installation inside the gallery will see the walls painted using a combination of fragile, delicate materials that wouldn’t necessarily last the test of time outdoors.
In addition to this installation Fluorescent Smogg is thrilled to release a new series of exclusive limited editions. These were largely inspired by an ancient Japanese architectural process of burning wood to strengthen it. The simple act of burning would appear to weaken the wood but in fact it does the opposite, providing strength and protection. Each of the finely crafted editioned pieces embody this duality of fragility and strength which is considered through the materials and processes employed.
The limited edition of 20 is comprised of a sculpture, booklet and Linocut. The sculpture has been carved from a solid chunk of sustainably harvested Honduran Cedarwood, housing a piece of screen printed copper inlaid into the charred surface. The booklet captures abstracted and literal references of the process and collected markings that informs the sculpture and therefore the site specific installation. The Linocut also reflects the way these initial hand painted brush marks have been transferred into the carved wood. Each edition is hand finished and printed by the artist.
New body of work and site specific installation created for Fluorescent Smogg project space in Barcelona.
“How do we understand the concept of the local within an increasingly globalised context? What impact does the transformation of our local environment have on our identity and our communities?”
The New Art Gallery Walsall presents a powerful new group exhibition entitled Small Worlds, featuring large-scale paintings by Lucy McLauchlan alongside an international collection of works on the theme of the modern metropolis. Participating artists include AirSpace Gallery (Andrew Branscombe, Anna Francis, Glen Stoker), Graham Chorlton, Rita Donagh, Richard Forster, Cameron Galt, Andreas Gefeller, Naiza Khan, Stuart Layton, Lucy McLauchlan, Laura Oldfield Ford, Mark Power and Rashid Rana.
Lucy McLauchlan’s ambitious new work is inspired by frequent visits to Warley Woods, a regenerated urban parkland near her home in Bearwood. Since it opened in 1906, it has witnessed many changes. Tennis courts and a family run ice cream business have now disappeared. A series of stunted beech trees were felled due to the saplings being planted too close together. Earlier studies draw on the deep scars of the saw and the fluorescent orange bruises from the sprayed markings indicating which trees were to be felled.
Having spent time studying the area, Lucy then embarked upon creating paintings in situ within the woods. Pulling a sledge to carry her paints, brushes and equipment, she has directly transferred some of the details and textures of the environment onto canvas to create the background for her subsequent drawings. Her approach is spontaneous, allowing the environment to inform and direct what is an experimental and explorative process. The drawings are then created in the gallery, evolving and emerging intuitively and in response to the accumulated marks and textures. Aside from black and white paint, found materials such as charcoal, earth and brick dust are applied, further connecting the work directly with both the natural and built environment.
Still taken from the film following the progress of the works by Matthew J Watkins and Lucy McLauchlan
commissioned for The New Art Gallery’s resource centre.
‘…not forgotten’ 9 x 9m. Ink, acyrlic, chalk and dirt on canvas.
Commissioned for ‘Small Worlds’ group show curated by Deborah Robinson at The New Art Gallery Walsall, 2015.
Thank you to Hannah Anderson for the photos and all of the technical team at the gallery for stretching and hoisting this ‘monster’ into place.