Thursday, 20 February 2014

Encounters Exhibtion

BAR Gallery

Friday 21st February 2014 - Thursday 20th March 2014
Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Private View: Thursday 20th Feburary

Charlotte Alergant
BAR Member. Charlotte’s paintings represent subtle subversions of the portrait or still life. Close ups, half cut shapes and simplifications of form and colour heighten the uncanny effect of intimately observed works.
Sally Buchanan
BAR member. She graduated from Byam Shaw as a mature student with BA in Fine Art in 2007 and specialises in site specific projects where her work intuitively responds to individual environments. Special interest in Jungian thought and idea generation.
Ksenia Burnasheva
The main focus of her work investigates the relationship between space and objects within that space. She is interested in is the juxtaposition of objects in relation to each other and the space as a whole. In her on-going series Singles she depicts mundane, everyday scenes of life that, upon first glance, seem familiar, but when photographed they become very still, which encourages the viewer to stop and look closer. Working in between two countries (Russia and England) has provided two contrasting backgrounds for these images. However, each image still manages to tell its own story and remain one of a kind; they are scenes from everywhere and nowhere. Each photograph separates the scenes from their original context and creates a new perspective for them to be perceived, all the while maintaining an air of silence.

Toni Fielding
Toni Fielding considers her work in terms of unfinished fragments, with each piece leading to further inspiration and innovative ideas. Fielding’s work directly responds to her personal experiences and challenges the way in which we perceive these situations and add our own perspective to them, through a narrative format. By working with such themes as loss and emotional impact, Fielding aims to recreate instances through the process of absorbing said experiences and translating them in to a new image. With influences as diverse as Daniel Arsham and Rudolf Bonvie, mixing photography with sculpture, new combinations are contrived from both delicate and perceptive narratives. Fielding works with a variety of mediums including: film, photography and sculpture to create dynamic series of works with a conceptual nature. Whilst these materials and processes are diverse, in each body of work the methodology is consistent creating a coherent series of works. Although these pieces may not always share similarities with the materials they possess, they are all linked by recurring concerns within the work and connected via subject matter.
John Crean
BAR Member. John Crean has exhibited both group shows and Solo exhibitions with BAR. His work is abstract based and tends to be rooted in nature and the environment.

Rachel Evans
Rachel Evans starts her work with a photograph - a moment in time, a snapshot that captures the wonders of nature and the environment around us. She interprets the image as a series of colours and shapes, which is then replicated using the medium of mosaic. Her ideas are influenced by life experiences, the things she sees, people she meets, and the places she travels. ‘Moroccan Landscape’ aims to capture the feelings and emotions that are experienced when viewing this scene for the first time – calmness, fulfillment and awe.

Rosemary Hall
A Bar Member. Rosemary’s work is influenced by her global travels.

Elizabeth Jardine
Explores human connections to the land, producing paintings from walks in the rural landscape. Each walk takes on qualities of meditation or pilgrimage, and can last for any length of time between a day and a month. She can immerse herself in the act of moving through a place, being present and absorbing each passing moment, sometimes consciously, sometimes subconsciously. In an attempt to get closer to the original experience and the immediacy of the sketchbook or journal she produces paintings from memory in conjunction with a photographic record, re-visiting the journey in my mind. She Identifies anointed or significant moments, writing them down as titles or words and translating them into a visual form. The result is a rhizomic body of work, where many images are produced. Patterns and repetitions crop up, narratives form and dissipate as the images reference each other and take on new meanings.
Zoe landau Konson
Zoë is a Member of BAR. She grew up in a creative refugee family, deeply affected by the aftermath of displacement, but brimming with stories, secrets and the unconventional. This environment had a huge impact on her and the themes that now influence her work are generated by a fascination with cultural memory and hereditary narrative. She uses her work to explore a recurring set of themes and their potential effect; absence and desire, oppression and betrayal, loss and legacy, identity and transformation, secrets, and shadowed voices from the past. Zoë’s sculpture plays with the uncertainty and possibilities within each of us and the way we choose to express that to the outside world. Teeming with a mass of forms, both tactile and tempting; they also conceal a darker side. It is this contradiction that she finds so compelling and drives her to keep challenging our perception through the use and combination of unconventional form and media.

Agne Kucinskaite
First year BA Photography student (London University of the Arts, College of Communication) Agne Rita Kucinskaite questions everyday’s boredom, relations between herself and the people she observes. Feeling strong influences from great artists like R.Doisneau, W.Egglestone she documents daily surroundings using photography as a meditative form of appreciation. Being interested in photography since thirteen years old, Agne Rita Kucinskaite has won several national prizes (“National Youth Photographers Contest” (Lithuania, 2011), “Discussing National Minority in Lithuania” (Lithuania, 2009)), exhibited in various shows (“Panasus ir skirtingi” (Lithuania,2009), “Moletu Premijos Paroda” (Lithuania, 2008, 2009, 2012).

Peter Murry
He is a Member of BAR and has shown in many exhibitions thoughout Brent.
Ritva Raitsalo
A BAR Member. Born in Helsinki. She worked as an installation artist in Milan before moving to London in 1985. She retrained as a photographer with Mick Williamson and other leading photographers until she mastered her skills of darkroom techniques and the craft of B/W photography. She then developed into surrealist urban photographer specializing in hand coloured montaged silver gelatine prints. Her work predates Photoshop techniques. 'I love how edifices, towers are outlined against the sky or reflect on the glass walls or on the water. Buildings are like gigantic sculptures, which can be manipulated and restructured according to my own plan. I create my collages by assembling layers upon layers, piece by piece like a patchwork. I use photographic prints of mine and cut them the way I used to cut out clothes for the paper dolls as a child. I play around with collage pieces as if they were magician's cards. They constantly shift until the composition settles.'

Jordan Rodgers
Jordan uses his cross-disciplinary way of working to bridge the gap between traditional drawing and drawing on the iPad. He is interested in conservation and preservation of historical British landmarks and buildings. He has been exploring the affect the changing nature of the built environment has on our collective imagination. The process of creation is kinetic and mobile, yet macroeconomics and national politics feel increasingly more remote. Consequently, creative collaboration is essential to the art of valuing what’s on our doorstep.

Anastasia Russa
Anastasia uses her travels to find moments of happiness to extend an ability of feeling. ‘I see the same things in different countries, it appealed to my religious experience when I was a teenager, a kind of ritual, a sacred action, which gives me a feeling of existence inside something fantastic and insane. When I have allusions with Bible stories I begin searching for a line in which I can express vitality and space. I want to feel a link between two, three, four figures or maybe focus on only one of them. Then I want to feel again that passion and belief, and I paint after these drawings’

Andrea Schoenborn
Andrea is based in Shoreditch and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, Germany and the Gerrit Rietvelt Academy in Amsterdam, Netherlands. She has participated in and organised several exhibitions.
She is a multi-portfolio, visual artist and has a number of different strands to her practice including realistic and abstract paintings, drawings and sculptures. Her work examines relationships between people and self-discovery in everyday life.
Her series of works (paintings, drawings, stitchery and photos) interact with each other and encourage viewer engagement and is open to interpretation.

Izzy Cammareri and Lynsey Morgann Laurence met whilst studying Illustration under Bill Wright at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Between them they have resided in London, Hong-Kong and Australia. A global alliance; when unable to work together they share and plan ideas online. Exhibiting throughout London, in recent years they have08hg forged the art and illustration company; Sugarskills.
Sugar SKULLS form part of a tradition associated with the Mexican festival Dia de los Muertos. Sugar skulls are prepared and decorated by the indigenous people of Mexico, to represent and honour the spirits of their departed loved ones; often with the name of the deceased written across the forehead. Inspired by this tradition; Isabella Cammareri and Lynsey Morgann Laurence devise sugar skull designs that have the dreams, desires and demons of a departed soul painted and collaged across the forehead. Both mysterious and evocative, disturbing and comical, each skull holds a labyrinth of symbols and imagery that beckons the audience into a wonderland of cavernous questions and profound discoveries.
Boaz Torfstein
Boaz is fascinated by the everyday interactions of the people: ‘I hope on the tube, I'm mesmerized by its inhabitants. People from all over the world, every color, religion, gender, social level, fashion stream, age and sobriety level are there. The global village is a great metropolitan city that uses the 150 year old tube to get around. They all sit there and painfully try to avoid each other's glance. They bury themselves in two bit newspapers or the new Iphone S something something. A new era has definitely sprung, one in which people have the means to be anywhere and connect to anyone around the globe’

Owen Ward

A BAR Member. Owen has exhibited in multiple shows in Willesden. He has a unique style of working with layered wood and paint. Creating sculptural painting with depth and vibrancy.

Joel Whybrew

Joel is a Member of BAR. Joel Whybrew is an artist living and working in London specialising in drawing, wood carving, clay modelling and etch a sketch.

Opening times:
The Encounters Exhibition runs from Friday 21st February 2014 to Thursday 20th March 2014, the gallery is open Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 6pm.
BAR Gallery
4-5 Queens Parade
Walm Lane
London NW2 5HT

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