Past Event: Project 04: Tip of the Iceberg: All Points North
by Cass Art
Some metrocentrics believe that everything English begins and ends in London.
That's why a new exhibition is launched yesterday (Friday October 4).
OK, so it too is being staged in the capital.
But this is to encourage more people to head up north to see quality art.
Tip of the Iceberg: Art From Up North features works from artists across the north-east, north-west and Yorkshire.
The Contemporary Art Society started a trailblazing membership programme for the North of England in 2009.
Its mission? To bring the region's rich diversity of artistic talent to the attention of new audiences and would-be collectors by arranging studio visits and exhibition tours with over 60 artists.
This new display showcases 28 of them to help awaken southern eyes to a wider artistic England.
They include: Eric Bainbridge, Pavel Büchler, Tony Charles, James Clarkson, Rachael Clewlow, Samantha Donnelly, Graham Dolphin, Laura Lancaster, Paul Merrick and Rafal Topolewski.
Manchester-based Andrew Bracey levitates on the peripheries of painting as it crosses over and expands into installation, sculpture, drawing and animation. Bracey's fascination with contemporary life's visual saturation sees works typically mirroring how society has re-configured ways of seeing and processing mass information. From the Sunday newspaper to walking down the shops, Bracey asks searching questions on the role of the individual and the crowd within this ever-changing structure.
Mary Griffiths’s work makes black drawings from dense layers of graphite, on walls, and on A4 paper, inscribed with architectural notations and spatialities.
Griffiths chooses to use formats like A4 because of their ordinariness, their ubiquity, their everyday nature. Her work uses a paper or plaster surface to act as a “dark mirror”, reminiscent of the daguerreotype – the first method of obtaining permanent images with a camera.
David Steans, an artist based in Leeds, embraces drawing, sculpture, video and writing. He is currently writing an anthology of short horror stories and producing artworks in relation to and conjunction with the stories. His piece The Lucky and Unluky Eskape is a story set on a holiday resort called 'The Lucky Eskape', or rather a story set on two holiday resorts. Unbeknownst to the holiday-going family of protagonists, they are slipping in and out of two different but very similar resorts, both called 'The Lucky Eskape', that exist as if in parallel dimensions.