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
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).
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
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. Marchant • Amanda Bates • Rosemary Lawrey • Elinor Cooper
We hope that you enjoy the exhibition and that you find beauty and value in our work.
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.
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.
Some new Artikinesis artworks can be seen at St Nicolas church in Newbury tomorrow (Tuesday 6 June) 9:30 a.m. until Friday at 3:30 pm (exhibition closed between 1:30 and 3 p.m. on Wednesday). Church buildings have long held a fascination for Brian and Amanda, and are a perennial feature of their work. Adeliza, Elinor and Rosemary have created some new works especially for this exhibition which features local churches and the canal to coincide with a visit to Newbury by the Boats of Hope who make it their mission to bring communities together. This is a great opportunity to take a tour of the bell tower at St Nic’s and get a unique view over the town. First come, first served for tower tours on Tuesday 6 June; 10.00am / Noon and at 2.00pm. Limited availability. The art exhibition is free to visit and we will be running a children’s art competition, displaying the winning artworks on the final day and with our very special colouring book as prizes.
We would like to thank St Nicolas’ church for their generosity for lending us the space for this exhibition and for their helpfulness throughout.
This week’s Newbury Weekly News (April 6, 2017) carries a review of the Artikinesis Springtime exhibition, written by Lin Wilkinson. She describes it as a “vibrant group show” and goes on to pick out several works. The review is on page 37 of the newspaper and is included in our Press Cuttings section (edited April 14, 2017).