Sunday, 21 July 2013

Review of SCREEN Exhibition - Coventry Telegraph

Colour and precision from Orient in Warwickshire 

Julie Chamberlain explores a new exhibition influenced by cinematography and Japanese costume.

Artificial Intelligence, oil on canvas, copyright Pip Dickens
 Colourful paintings with the varied influences of Japanese kimono designs and cinematic films make up a new exhibition in Warwickshire.

Screen is the title of the exhibition at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum by Pip Dickens, using its several meanings, including film, and something used to obscure things, or mark off space.

There are a few paintings from her Shibusa series of works, which feature oil paints on a handy dyed and washed canvas.

Using what looks like a raking effect, similar to that used on Japanese gardens, works such as Composition #4 look like they could be kimonos. Composition #7 has blobs of paint as interlopers in the pattern.

There are also some amazingly detailed and precise Japanese Katagani stencils on show from Pip’s own collection, which are used to print fabric for kimonos in Japan, apparently made by highly-trained Living National Treasures as they are known for their expertise.

Kan no Uchi, (The Cold Time), is the largest in the Shibusa series, and is a lovely big abstract oil work featuring different colours and what could be snow storms over a landscape.

The Last Cells - Final Cut, oil on canvas, copyright Pip Dickens

Works that use more of the cinematic influences include The Last Cells, featuring rectangles of paint all over the canvas, like bits of clipped, edited film.

Split Screen features two sides of striped materials similar to the earlier kimono-fabric works, which look like they could close in on each other. Hikari To Kage (Light and Shadow) is my personal favourite, the top and bottom black swathes of colour, with the central panel from left to right a curtain of different reds and pinks, with what looks like sun from a window shining across it.  The impact is very cinematic, and dramatic.

Artificial Intelligence has a mix of influences, and features an intense blue apparently used in the “blue fairy” scene in the Spielberg film of the same name, and Superimposition-Opalesque features a subaquatic feel to it, with what looks like fronds of underwater plants growing up from the bottom.  When the Stars Fall is also quite dramatic and cinematic, with a lot of blackness and what looks like stars falling across a purple background.

It’s an exhibition featuring a number of abstract works showing interesting and well-thought out influences.

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Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Review for SCREEN exhibition by Michael Shaw on a-n online

You can read a lengthy review of my latest solo exhibition 'SCREEN' written by artist, writer and sometimes exhibition organiser, Michael Shaw at a-n (artist's newsletter) online.

About Michael Shaw

INF10, 2008, Inflated PVC, 240 x 110 x 110cm, copyright Michael Shaw

Michael Shaw studied his BA (Hons) Fine Art at Leeds Metropolitan University (1993-96) and completed his PhD in Sculpture at the University of Gloucestershire in 2005.

He has completed many commissions and public projects including a permanent sculpture for Gleeson Homes, Peak District and 'Neon Ice House' - a permanent sculpture for Burghley Sculpture Garden, Sheffield Council Winter Gardens and the V&A Museum.

Solo exhibitions include Leeds City Art Gallery: Palazzo Pretorio, Sala Espositiva, Sansepolcro, Italy: RBS Gallery, London – touring to: Stamford Arts Centre;
Otter Gallery, Chichester; Babylon Gallery, Ely; Hans Price Gallery, Weston-Super-Mare: Alternatives Gallery, Rome; Il Gianicolo, Perugia, Italy; Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton – touring to 20/21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe; MAC,Birmingham and ; Red Gallery, Hull; Clapham Picture House, London; The Study Gallery, Poole & South Hill Arts Centre, Bracknell; Schwartz Gallery, London and Gallery Oldham.

INF11, inflated pvc, 440 x 440 x220 cm, 2009.  Copyright Michael Shaw

You can find out more about artist Michael Shaw at his website :

Michael is currently developing a new giant breathing inflatable that will pass from room to room in the City Gallery, Peterborough in September 2013.

He is also pleased to reveal his participation in the Sculpture on the Beach festival in Aarhus Denmark in June 2013.

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