Headlines 2011 Artists Nov 29th-Dec 3rd 2011
Photos by Jacob Gough.
Jacob lived on and off in Palestine for several years, working with ambulance crews and human rights groups as well as a Theatre project based in Jenin Refugee Camp where he taught technical theatre, eventually ending up as Interim manager of The Freedom Theatre after the manager and founder Juliano Mer Khamis was assassinated by unknown assailants. He now lives back in Britain but anyone who has an interest in working with The Freedom Theatre or an interest in Palestine in general can contact him at Jacob@thefreedomtheatre.org
Charlotte Hawke studied fine art at Plymouth University. Since then she has taken an active and passionate role in community arts projects within the Bristol community, specifically focusing on working with people experiencing social exclusion. She is currently coordinating a visual arts project with ‘art+power’. Charlotte has shown work in exhibitions such as ‘Hired Hands’, a collective of artists working at Bristol City Museum, and ‘Nature’s Way’, at the Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol. She has also been commissioned for artwork and book illustrations.
Meghan Leslie is an actor and artist who has lived in San Francisco, London and briefly NYC. She is originally from San Diego, California where she was brought up by her parents Janie Jo and Hugo Burchartz. She started painting at the age of eighteen and hasn't stopped since. She enjoys working mostly with acrylic and is finally working towards a full series of paintings entitled " Women, Oh Women", the pieces you see here today are part of that body of work. "Nurtured Media" was created especially in conjuncture with "Headlines" directed by, Nancy Medina.
See more samples of Meghan's work on her blog: http://www.myorchardroad.com/
ALSO, alongside these wonderful artists we will have the musical talents of Alice Maria Sparey and David Dawson, performing after the show on Thurs Dec 1st, Fri Dec 2nd and Sat Dec 3rd.
Savage Artists April 7-10th 2010
Please read below on some of the artists exhibiting during our production of "Savage in Limbo". We are very excited to have such an array of talented artists as part of our exhibition.
I grew up in the Yorkshire Dales during the 1980s, and although inspired by the beautiful landscapes around me, I was always attracted to the order and logic of buildings. Having gained a degree in architecture I realised that I wasn't too bothered about designing the built environment, but would much rather express myself by painting how I see the world around me. A postgraduate college course in scenic painting brought me to Bristol, but as I find alleyways and industrial areas intriguing (the parts of a city you're not meant to see) and love reflected light on a rainy street, I can't think of anywhere I'd rather be pursuing my creativity. Except maybe Tokyo, but who can afford that?
Previous artworks have taken a root in political or social issues, as in ‘War Costumes’ 2003 and ‘Stifle’ 2008 and other pieces have contemplated the fragility of the human body within its surrounding environment. Innovative works made through traditional and non-traditional practices to create drawings and paintings, sculpture and wearable art. I am fascinated with the human form, with museums, medical history and curiosity cabinets. These subjects always seem to run through my work- sometimes subtly in the display, sometimes engulfing the whole piece. I have worked in many materials- often ignoring instructions in favor of creating things faster- plaster, latex and alginate have been constantly inspiring in their ability to create disturbing but beautiful forms.
studied fine art at Plymouth University. Since then she has taken anactive and passionate role in community
arts projects within the Bristol community, specifically focusing on working
with people experiencing social exclusion. She is currently coordinating a
visual arts project with ‘art+power’. Charlotte
shown work in exhibitions such as ‘Hired Hands’, a collective of artists
working at Bristol City Museum, and ‘Nature’s Way’, at the Grant Bradley
Gallery, Bristol. She has also been commissioned for artwork and book
Jose Moreno, a born observer, was born in Malaga (Spain) in October
1982. From a very young age was interested in image and sound. At 17
he began work on a television local. After a while, he decided to
study what he loves. By an oversight, ended up studying photography. Then
he realized that movie clips were just " thousands of photographs ". Since then he has been working in both fields, with photography being what captivates him most. He has spent several years working in a couple of photo labs, where he picked up the skill for colours, restoration and photo retouching.
Michael Powell, one of 145 Collective, an ever expanding collective of artists based in Bristol, Leeds, Manchester and London.
We believe that art should be about collaboration and community rather than the
search for audience and applause, and our work echoes this ethos. Our exhibitions are site specific, and are open to anyone to come along and get involved in. Our shows are a combination of paintings, drawings, writing, sculpture, music makings. We are a not for profit collective.
Over the past year I have been trying to find direction in a new visual form which allows me to continue working performatively but also create new 3D objects and 2D images. The work so far has involved my love for dance and movement, and I have taken to using long-term exposure photography in capturing them by introducing different forms of light such as LED, fire and UV reactants. This way of working has allowed me create very minimal but expressive forms and shapes and with the use of my computing skills, to create mirroring effects to express my ideas of choreography and synchronisation. The movements themselves are effected by the environmental factors and the situations in which I dance and I use colour to display the mood or emotions of that time.
Above all things, concept, placement and the use of materials in relation to theory, are integral to the aesthetics of the work. Previous works have derived from Bio-Science locale – dissecting rooms and laboratories; fuelling a personal interest into the theme of curiosity and intrigue in a biological context, but spaces in general are an inspiration. Research methods are thorough. Most relevant research is found on site, experiencing relevant places. This is integral, allowing the experiences to feed into concepts through drawing, making, note-making and thinking although objects are usually the end product. Photography is another tool integral to methods. Usually
concepts are finalised with the outcomes photographed in situ, returning the concepts back to the place of inspiration. Materials are paramount in all works. Fanatical refinement of materials are designed to indulge the viewer into immediate appeal of wonderment and seduction. Materials and their combinations play an integral part to my concepts, whether found, made or
manipulated. Materials are chosen in relation to the concept.
Descriptions of previous works:
Curiosity Lab entices the viewer into a clean, highly polished, sterile environment. However on closer inspection, one is confronted with anatomy displacement and dissection. Found on black surgical trolleys are unfamiliar organisms, presented on velvet surfaces. Seductive repeats of latex are disrupted with voids of information. Its colour and use of materials, suggest illegitimate practice. Could this lab be used for unlawful experimentation or ritual?
Jewellery as Instruments are pieces designed to cut, beautiful but with the
potential to be deadly. Benign until utilised, within their decorative,
enticing qualities are hidden subtle means for harm. The instruments are
mysterious in terms of purpose. There in an undeniable ambiguity – are the
pieces for ritual or experiment, celebration or mutilation? The pieces are
often red and all have easy wipe surfaces.