We Are Forest opened yesterday at Sticks Contemporary in Gosport, and can now be seen in its full multimedia glory.
It consists of our collaborative representation of a forest, painted in black and white directly onto the gallery walls, an atmospheric soundtrack composed for the show by the very talented Tanith Lawrey, and a video featuring drawings and colour effects that is projected onto the wall and ceiling. Our sketchbooks and other preparatory material are available to view and there is a selection of related work that can be purchased.
The exhibition is free to view.
Sticks Contemporary is located in Gosport Shopping Precinct, just off the High Street.
A number of events will be held at the gallery during the Artikinesis exhibition:
- Sticks Art Café, 1-3pm every Friday
- “Draw a Forest” drop-in workshop, 11am-4pm, Saturday 17 March – part of Get Creative 2018
- Sticks Café Conversation (subject: “Nature as art”) 1-3pm, Saturday 14 April
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.
Please note that the private view on March 3rd has been cancelled (and replaced by a closing celebration) due to adverse weather conditions.
I have been using a piece of hardboard as a trial “wall” for We Are Forest, testing the paint system over a base coat of emulsion, and trying out some ideas for the finished piece.
These are some of the sketches we made when we visited a local woodland, Bowdown Woods. Continue reading Bowdown
A new project at Sticks Contemporary, Gosport
February – April 2018
Exhibition: 7 March – 14 April, Wednesday to Saturday, 11am to 4pm.
Artikinesis will be presenting a room-sized artwork exploring our relationship with trees.
Visitors can watch the artwork as it grows in the week before the exhibition opens, and later immerse themselves in the installation. Integrating painted and projected artwork with a haunting soundtrack composed for the work, it will be a calm space in an urban setting, a chance to contemplate what trees have to offer humanity. What answers do they hold to the problems we face as a species and as individuals? Should we be seeking to renew our acquaintance with our earthy, earthly companions? We owe the trees a great deal: since primeval times, these beneficial beings have cleansed our air; they have provided us with shelter, fuel, food and medicine. Do they speak among themselves? Do they seek to communicate with us?
Walk through our forest, be part of it and find new forest paths of your own.
[Click here for all Artikinesis posts about this project]
Elinor, Rosemary, Amanda and Adeliza are very excited to be working with Sticks Contemporary and Liveartlocal CIC for this project.
Sticks Contemporary, Unit 15, Gosport Precinct, South Street, Gosport PO12 1HA