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
Today Artikinesis took some of our remaining colouring and poetry books to the Bookface Bookender artists’ handmade book fair in Reading where our contributions were admired by many. There was indeed much to admire at all the stalls with some exquisite handmade books. Those of particular note, in my opinion, were ones that explored the relationship between art and science. The Rising Sun arts centre is at 30 Silver Street, Reading RG1 2ST, and is full of life and has a wonderful welcoming atmosphere with plenty going on including bookbinding workshops upstairs during the book fair. If you missed the book fair there is still chance to visit it tomorrow between 11 and 5pm though sadly Artikinesis will not be there tomorrow. You can still obtain a copy of either our colouring book or our beautiful hand-printed, hand-bound poetry book by contacting us through this website. Every one is a unique work of art in itself, or so say our happy customers.
“I never saw a man who looked with such a wistful eye upon that little tent of blue which prisoners call the sky” – Oscar Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol
I thought of Oscar Wilde, languishing behind bars on his prison plank just beyond the buildings of Blake’s Lock, as our own young poet, deep in his thoughts, took in the atmosphere of his surroundings. Come see the results of his musings, and our own painterly responses to poetry and place between 17 September and 1 October. Expect some very deep stuff.