Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Encounters with Place

Encounters With Place

A Perthshire Visual Artists Forum exhibition featuring works selected by Arthur Watson a major Scottish sculptor, printmaker and educator.  The show presents an intriguing range of work by 20 PVAF member artists. 

The venue is at Threshold Artspace, Perth Theatre, 185 High Street, Perth PH1 5UW.  The exhibition is open from 24th October 2011  to  20th February 2012, Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm or until 10pm on performance evenings  (closed Sunday).
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Tricia Anderson, Shelagh Atkinson, Margaret Bathgate, Thora Clyne, Ann Coomber, Genie Dee, Emma Herman-Smith, Gillean Hunt, George Logan, Mary Golden, Su Grierson, Chris Jenkinson, Astrid Leeson, Dawson Murray, Liz Murray, Malize McBride, Lesley McDermott, Jackie Smith, Aileen M Stackhouse, Clare Yarrington

Artists have engaged with many aspects of Place, from their own gardens to their upbringing, incidental and particular landscapes and buildings, from remote woodland to major cities. The media used include, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, digital images, screenprinting, etching,  book form and video.

Using drawing techniques Aileen Stackhouse’s work Treeline   references places along the River Ericht and over the Knockie hill behind Blairgowrie, while Malize McBride’s  abstract landscape ‘Elie , geologically’ references the varied geology  of Elie in Fife. Mary Golden's two works ‘Evening Hill’ &  ‘Rising Mist’ use  paint and drawing respectively to capture the breathtaking moments  when the mist and cloud suddenly clear.  

Chris Jenkinson’s painting ‘Sexy Curve’s records the visual  overload  of one’s senses in New York where in the midst of this organised chaos one can find patterns and rhythms. By contrast Astrid Leeson’s small  delicate painting on plaster 'Journey to work’ records an often unnoticed place she passes on her way to work.

Various printing processes feature in the exhibition . Dawson Murray  uses the etching process  to turn the fennel plant of his garden into an abstract  dream like space while Thora Clyne’s  etchings show details from a chestnut flour mill, centuries old in Tuscany.

Clare Yarrington’s two screenprints  ‘Jammed II &  III ‘climb the corners of a Theatre space, suggestive of the handhold a climber has on the specific rockface while climbing.

Photography is represented by George Logan’s  images “Dark Time’ which are a visual exploration into a landscape of contradiction, of chaos and yet also of a profound mental solace.  In direct contrast to this, Gillean Hunt  represents the bottom of her garden with her ‘dancing with ....’ abstract plant images.

Margaret Bathgate  documents installations of her textile works within the  gothic style Memorial Chapel on Falkland Estate. Tricia Anderson has two photographs which aim to capture the feeling and spirit of Sherrifmuir before during and after a storm and  Genie Dee’s photographic work shows multiple views of Platform 7 at Perth railway station a place she has got to know rather well .
Digital images  are featured by three artists. Emma Herman-Smith  creates graphic works exploring  the dominance of pylons and  tangles of telephone wires in the landscape.  Su  Grierson creates digital photographic works  ‘Flatland and Dark Forest’ with incorporated  texts that suggest an additional element of experiential or conceptual engagement and  Jackie Smith’s digital print ‘Rhew’ refers to a Scottish  aquatic loch environment.

Shelagh Atkinson’s screenprints engage with her own communist upbringing with  images,  a book form  and video  referring to  St Petersburg, while Lesley McDermott’s screenprints refer to the places visited  in  her travels as a  young woman. Also inspired by travel, the mixed media work of Liz Murray  refers back to the dance halls of 1920's Paris.
Ann Coomber brings us the show’s only  sculpture ‘The sea is singing’ an abstract piece that refers directly to her experience on a deserted  Norfolk Beach.

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