Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Starting next week is the new exhibition at Town Hall Gallery, 'It's All About Me'.
This will feature works by Danielle and John Ashcroft and the exhibition runs from 23 April to 17 May 2008.
Local father and daughter team show their works in their first exhibition at Town Hall Gallery. Both artists share an art studio and although their works are quite different, they find that they influence each other conceptually.
John inverts familiar iconic images to express something about the human condition in its social, political and sometimes perilous context. Danielle reworks the traditional Victorian cameo silhouette using modern materials such as Perspex. Both artists explore the ideas of our age-old interest in displaying and portraying self. The title of the exhibition references our obsession with ourself.
Danielle became fascinated with the cameo image during her first trip to London where she splurged out on a bone china cup from Harrods with a cameo pattern. She still has the cup (which she uses as a toothbrush holder) and started to look at modern ideas of the cameo, one being stencil and graffiti art. Danielle says:
“A traditional Victorian cameo hanging in a house represented style, wealth and social position. Stencil art, similar in it’s aesthetics to the cameo, speaks with political, almost rebellious overtones. I attempt to bring the two together for a 21st century cameo”.
John Ashcroft uses familiar objects and images and twists their meaning within his art work. His work Myopic Gothic is a play on the famous Grant Wood painting American Gothic where he alters the viewers perception of the work through flat colour and strong silhouettes. When asked about his aims for his work, John said:
“I’m an experimental artist, I’m always seeking new ways of expressing concepts in visually pleasing forms”.
Both artists works with their strong colour and shape will transform the gallery in It’s All About Me. Viewers can find out more about the artists and their work in the Slides & Sushi program on Thursday 15 May from 6-8pm in the Town Hall Gallery.
Both images in this post are by John Ashcroft.
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
This article was published in the Progress Leader on 8 April 2008. Story is by David Stockman and photo by Joanna Finchman. If you have trouble reading the article on the blog, double click on the article image to make bigger. The article talks about the current exhibition Headset Mindset which runs until April 19.