May Exhibition

30th April - 28th May

Raw Art Forum Group Exhibition

"Raw Art Forum are four artists with individual practices who collaborate on a regular basis."

Raw Art Forum

The four Raw Art Forum artists will be showing recent work from their individual and diverse practices at Artizan Gallery  Torquay throughout May. The work shown will include both 2D and 3D pieces. In addition to their individual work the group will be showing ‘Nutopia’ - a piece on which they have collaborated over the past year.

 

Creating art is generally a solitary experience within which most artists work quietly and honestly at their practices, steadily mining hidden creative seams. Working together however requires a different approach.  Egos are set aside, familiar materials are discarded, and new ways of working are quickly learnt. Furthermore, the speed of the creative process alters, ideas flow quickly, and are just as quickly discarded -  individual preferences give way to group consensus. Each artist learns from the other. It is a way of working that tests and probes learnt certainties - work that evolves from group collaboration creates a certain momentum and has a life of its own, often unexpected. This exhibition offers the artists of Raw Art Forum the opportunity to show their first collaborative piece. The four artists have worked closely together over the past year and it is from such collaboration that ‘Nutopia’  has evolved. It is a piece that has surprised them, inasmuch that it bears little or no resemblance to their own work - it has its roots in every day consumerism, within which they have created their own ‘medicinal’ product models - their mutual sense of fun has informed this collaboration; humour seemingly connect things. They investigate the every day - small things that may, or may not, affect us all. Specifically, this particular work is concerned with expressing personal irritations and exasperations, whilst alluding to trends in modern consumerism, where anything can be marketed where a need is created.

 

’Nutopia’ has surprised them - as stated earlier it bears little resemblance to their individual work, but it is most certainly ‘of them’ and as such complements what they have already achieved in their individual practices.

30th April - 28th May

May Exhibition

Raw Art Forum Group Exhibition

Cocktail Launch: 3rd May // 18:30-20:30

Artist Preview: 4th May // 18:00-20:00

Nutopia

This exhibition offers the artists of Raw Art Forum the opportunity to show their first collaborative installation piece. The four artists have worked closely together over the past year and it is from such collaboration that ‘Nutopia’  has evolved.

 

Nutopia was to be an imaginary company fulfilling the expectations of people who want everything and more. It was to investigate the obsessive nature of 21st century consumerism.

 

This first piece is one that has surprised them, inasmuch that it bears little or no resemblance to their own work - it has its roots in every day consumerism, within which they have created their own ‘medicinal’ product models - their mutual sense of fun has informed this particular collaboration; humour seemingly connect things. They investigate the every day - small things that may, or may not, affect us all. Specifically, this particular work is concerned with expressing personal irritations and exasperations, whilst alluding to trends in modern consumerism, where anything can be marketed where a need is created.

 

’Nutopia’ has surprised them - as stated earlier it bears little resemblance to their individual work, but it is most certainly ‘of them’ and as such complements what they have already achieved in their individual practices. It is one which they hope to tour at various venues.

Aidan Cooper

Aidan studied Fine Art at Farnham College of Art followed by a period of time teaching.

 

He then returned to his art practice. Aidan is currently interested in the causes and consequences of conflict and strife, and in the depiction of these themes within the media. He builds composite pieces using photography, painting and drawing. The works selected for this show are drawn from two current projects - the first being an investigation into the transitory nature of news from various platforms, and the second comprising a set of built 2D pieces. He has exhibited widely in the South West of England with works selected for RWA Bristol open shows in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2013 and 2017.

Steve Neill

Steve completed a BA hons in Fine Art at Plymouth College of Art.

His work is reminiscent of a still from a film, evoking a sense of loneliness, always from the perspective of a distant outsider or an onlooker, gazing down from overhead. Usually set in dark urban spaces, each piece always includes a solo figure. The soft focus, faded palette and use of pastels applied with a rag, combined with the perspective portray a fantastical - or perhaps dystopian world.

Jennifer Jayarajah

Jennifer studied at University of the Arts London and at Plymouth College of Art where she completed a BA hons and an MA. 

By stitching with copper and glass Jennifer’s aim was to merge materials that in the past had been considered masculine, with a process that was historically regarded as female. When this process and the materials were heated in the kiln the glass took on the soft characteristics of fabric and the copper, thread. She terms this procedure, ‘feminisation’.

The work shown at Artizan is series III in the feminised glass series. Series I consisted of wall mounted works, where as series II were huge floor to ceiling pieces. In series III the work is mounted on plinths. 

Fergus Cooper

Currently an artist in residence at the Florence Trust, London, Fergus graduated from an MA in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins in 2017.

 

He works primarily in paint and collage. The work deals with themes of commercialism in relation to the self, in particular ideas around privacy as a commodity.

Recently the work has developed in response to the residency (the Florence Trust is housed in a disused church) and plays with tropes of religious iconography, and how those might fit within a modern commercial-led society.

He also paints pigeons.

The Works

Works from our May exhibition are only available to view exclusively at Artizan Gallery. Find more works here on Arthub.