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Monday
Feb142011

Heart of Darkness 

  

Taken from the title of the classic work by Joseph Conrad, this exhibition aims to explore the various forms of darkness that may be encountered regarding some thing, act, or event that one has witnessed or been involved in.

The exhibition will take place in the North Vaults, Green Park. Use the James Street West Entrance alongside the Green Park Brasserie. Due to fire and access restrictions, tours of the exhibition space will be given every hour on the hour from 2-6 pm, with the last tour starting at 5 pm. Numbers are strictly limited, to reserve a place on a tour, please email: fringeartsbath-darkness@yahoo.com

This exhibition is being funded by the Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts (ICIA) at the University of Bath. A workshop on night landscape photography will be run alongside the exhibition on  3rd June. Details about the workshop and booking information can be found at the the following link: http://www.bath.ac.uk/icia/classes/?page=Workshops&art_form=Visual%20Art#100

 

Please see more about the artists that will be exhibiting below:

 

Carl Gent produces photograms of disaster movies driect of the television screen. These abstract pieces aim to form a contemporary version of the "apocalyptic sublime" present in 19th Century Biblical and landscape painting. The works explore the sublime and question whether it may be produced by the lack of information present in the abstract pieces, or if it is because of the excess of information contained within the photograms that leads to the contemporary sublime. 

 

Bianca den Breejen's work focuses on the psychological processes of the young female, the understanding and boundaries between the physical and the perception of it.

The photographs of young woman are haunting, with the surroundings and objects forming a powerful pressence around the fragile bodies.

 

 

 

 Claire Barrett's paintings and drawings are a study of dark and light, and the blurry inbetween. The works initially appear entirely abstract, yet on closer inspection areas reminiscent of landscapes appear, mixed within lines and swirls that cause the viewer to explore the entire piece in more detail.

The works are tangled wildernesses in which one can journey into and become lost before emerging having found some clarity at a different time and place .

 

  

 

Ce Ponsonby's paintings explore the similarities between Courbet's 'Burial at Ornans' and current events surrounding Wootton Bassett.

The amalgamation of the two settings creates dreamlike images, with the monochrome wash alluding to the Afghan dust.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annette Smith's night photography is a study of how the image is made and transformed, with long exposures gathering enough light to reveal the unseen.

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria Coyle is a silent spectator of her own slumber. What begins as a situation of comfort and relaxation becomes a detached viewing of an empty vessel. She is no longer watching herself but gazing at her own mortality.

 

 

 

  

Lee Jieun experiments with how we perceive and repsond to silence. The gap between light and dark, the observer and the observed allows participants to examine silence, and the perception of it.

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Holgrove photographs parks and places of leisure at night. These are places that during the day are open and welcoming but are transformed by night into sinister voids amongst the artificial lights of towns and cities. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes eerie, the darkness is captured and so too is the tension of standing alone in these landscapes.