An array of local, national and international talent comes together to combine their disciplines for a special exhibition taking place at the New Art Gallery Walsall until April.
There is a place… explores people’s psychic connectivity to the landscapes that shaped their formative years. Through paintings, drawings and prints the artists transform mundane urban and suburban areas of their past and capture in painstaking detail, the spirit of teenage revelry that lingers in the atmospheric images, invoking in the viewer memories that are at once familiar and unnerving.
Whilst these unclaimed crevices of our hometowns may look bleak and uninviting to the uninitiated, to the artists who captured their raw persona and scores of others, they represent places of safety, companionship and solace, when needed, to survive the high emotions of adolescence.
Included in the exhibiting artists are Coventry born, Turner nominated George Shaw and Graham Chorlton, Senior Lecturer at Coventry University. Through acute attention to detail Shaw explores lifeless areas within half a mile of his Tile Cross home, transforming them from indifferent to intriguing with the flick of his brush.
Chorlton uses his paintings to explore the connection between what we see and what we know. His urban scenes explore the physical prowess of the built environment combined with the imprecise nature of our memories of places and spaces.
Completing the bill are Laura Oldfield Ford (pictured), Barry Thompson, Christaine Baumgartner and Paul Winstanley, whom through the use various mediums challenge the perceptions of landscapes and time to evoke a spectrum of emotions for visitors to this truly enchanting exhibition.
There is a place…
The New Art Gallery Walsall
Gallery Square, Walsall, WS2 8LG
Until 14 April, 2012
Words: Lee Hall
Image credit: Laura Oldfield Ford, Leytonstone 1995 1999 2012, Pen on paper, 2010/11 (c) The Artist. Courtesy Hales Gallery, London