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Art Happens Here
Andy Black Kate Black Serena Partridge Rachel Renwick Sally Taylor Lyn Wait
Friday 28 February – Sunday 5 April
Fridays – Sundays 11.00am – 4.00pm and by appointment.
Admission is free.
This exhibition brings together the work of a new studio collective in Ryedale. Since the Autumn of 2018 these artists have been working at Community House in Malton, a building they recently turned into artists’ studios. For this exhibition, each artist presents an element of their current practice – some works are in progress, others more resolved. How do these individual practices overlap or speak to each other, as practitioners share a building to develop their work? Through the exhibition the artists highlight the need to work within a supportive creative arena where values and interests can be discussed and nurtured.
Drawing plays a central role in the work of these artists and spans a range of approaches and concerns. Andy Black produces striking monochromatic work that draws upon an ‘alphabet’ of around 200 drawings of forms which derive from sources such as landscape, architecture, gardens and topiary. These forms are used to construct drawings of imagined exterior spaces – gardens, cities, stages – ambiguous territories populated by interacting forms. Kate Black is a multi-disciplinary artist who creates narratives often inspired by museum collections, historical or contemporary ephemera and observations of the absurd parade of life. Folk art, outsider art and children’s drawings are also influences that play a part in her work.
Museum collections and children’s drawings have also been a source of material for Serena Partridge in her previous work. She creates mixed media objects and installations, sometimes as collaborations, and will be engaging her fellow artists in the surrealist parlour game Exquisite Corpse as way to tap into the unconscious collective personality of this group of artists. Lyn Wait also works across a range of media to create small still-life or tableau-like representations and creates actions within other environments, including outdoor spaces, often in collaboration with others. Her work traverses narratives, time lines, places, people and objects and might employ drawing, walking, film, clay, clothes, humour and found objects as a means to excavate hidden stories, evoke memories or point to an unknown future.
Sally Taylor frequently uses found objects, salvaged paper and cardboard in her work, enabling the superimposition of drawing and marks in relation to the personal history of the surface. Her drawings signify a desire to understand more about human relationships, specifically the artist’s own interaction with others. The recurring motif of ‘smiling mouths’, for instance, seeks to unravel social constructs surrounding the unsaid, and non-verbal interaction. Rachel Renwick is another artist whose work signifies a desire to express an internal dialogue and her reflections on the world around her. Rachel works in series, through ‘repetitive’ drawing, consciously employing recurring motifs, limited materials and techniques. A drawing might contain layers, built up through erasure and re-emphasis, showing traces of its own past. The work may embody a response to a self-constructed rule or logic, exploring combinations of recurrent motifs, and thinking of these as human interactions; scenarios with alternative endings.