Press release for Ideal Landscapes

Ideal Landscapes – an exhibition
Pictures and poetry by Artikinesis
Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton, Southampton SO40 8FT
5 – 29th November 9AM – 5PM MON – FRI & 10AM – 1PM SAT

2019 UEA literature and creative writing graduate Tanith Lawrey is an exciting new-generation poet with work that is truly one of a kind.  His verses here are contemplations on the pictures in this exhibition. Poetry, pictures, and indeed the airy 18th century barn in which they hang are well worth spending some contemplation time with.  Adeliza Mole’s ideal landscapes are Padworth and the Thames Valley which she has visited and revisited in her work over the years.  Her oil paintings are intimate portrayals of scenes familiar to her.  Every tree and bank is painted true to life and yet transformed into a juicily delicious wonderworld for the senses, recognisable and yet unrecognisable.  Amanda Bates, exploring the upper reaches of the Test, is waylaid by intimate distractions – tyre swings and knobbled tree roots – before opening out into wide wide landscapes.  Crisp and crystal-clear details contrast interestingly with looser treatment, sometimes in the same picture.   Amanda, like Rosemary, has sought to reflect the timber landscape of the barn itself in her framing solutions.  Abstract expressionist Rosemary Lawrey has chosen oil and mixed media to weave landscapes of her past and the meandering paths of a human journey in the world.  Elinor Cooper stands out from all the rest in the simple purity of her visual language with its cool, elemental modernity. A genius of minimalist expression.  I can feel the rain on my face – pure magic. 

Opportunity to meet members of Artikinesis 6:30 – 8:30pm at Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Aikman Lane, Totton, SO40 8FT on Tuesday 5 November – all welcome

Artikinesis are:

Adeliza
Amanda
Brian
Elinor
Rosemary

Previous projects:

  • Traces of Prehistory. Exhibition, Andover 2018
  • We are Forest, Installation, Gosport 2018
  • The Basingstoke Project (revisited), Exhibition, Basingstoke 2017
  • Exhibition, Newbury 2017
  • Springtime Exhibition, Newbury 2017
  • Artikinesis at Blake's Lock, Exhibition, Reading 2016
  • Art Colouring Book, 2016
  • The Basingstoke Project, Exhibition, Basingstoke 2015

Last few traces…

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Three of Brian’s pieces in the Traces of Prehistory exhibition

Next week will be the final week of our exhibition in Andover – but what a week it promises to be!
Today is the Andover Shilling Fair (which sounds like fun), and the museum, which is normally closed on Sundays, is open today, so that’s an extra day to see the exhibition (if the rest of the attractions don’t hold you too long).
And from Tuesday to Friday, the museum is holding a “Week of Archaeology” (they aren’t open on Mondays). The museum staff and the artists were all delighted at the serendipty of the timing, as our exhibition fits quite nicely with the theme (especially as it includes Brian’s studies of finds from the collection of the West Berkshire Museum).

Traces of Prehistory


Andover Museum of the Iron Age

Saturday 30 June to Saturday 18 August 2018

Monday: Closed
Tuesday – Friday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sunday: Closed except for Sunday 12 August when the museum is open for the Andover Shilling Fair

Free admission

The art in Artikinesis’ new exhibition is a response to prehistoric man’s influence on today’s landscape, and a reflection on our relationship with the distant past. Mysterious stone circles, intriguing barrows, exhilarating hill forts and illuminating finds: the essence of history, of human hopes and fears over the years.
Adeliza Mole Brian R. MarchantAmanda BatesRosemary LawreyElinor Cooper
We hope that you enjoy the exhibition and that you find beauty and value in our work.

As the mists descend on our forest, new talent comes into view

Exhibiting our multimedia installation We are Forest at Sticks Contemporary in Gosport gave us opportunity to meet many members of the community for chat and exchange of ideas about art.  Among our most memorable encounters were with the art students at St Vincent’s College Gosport who met us for a talk about how We are Forest emerged and as a starting point for an exhibition of their own.  Artikinesis had the privilege of attending their private view which followed on once we had washed down the gallery walls (see below) ready for their artworks (see below) . See some of what went on and what’s happening at Sticks Contemporary now at https://www.facebook.com/LiveArtLocalCIC/
Thank you to Beth and Ed at Sticks
 

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A work in suspended progress

Our installation of We Are Forest has been interrupted by Storm Emma, who has brought sub-zero temperatures and high winds to North Hampshire. With icy conditions and snow drifts piling up on the roads, we have been unable to travel down to Gosport to finish what we started earlier in the week.

Unfortunately, this means that the preview on Saturday has had to be cancelled, but we still hope to be able to get to Gosport and finish the painting before Wednesday (7 March), when the gallery reopens and the exhibition is due to start.

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They say that Oak is king of the forest and that Beech is the queen.
The oaks shown here are drawn in medieval-style iron gall ink (made from oak galls), using a dip pen, the beech in a more prosaic (but easier to handle) modern ink, using a fountain pen.

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