I just can’t help myself. When given half a chance, I have nipped off to have a look around the other stands. I managed to do this on Wednesday evening when I popped to the main projects area and took a look at some of the other stands. BEARSPACE stand - P21 caught my eye - they are showing the work of three British artists Suzanne Moxhay, Reginald S Aloysius and Jane Ward in an exhibition entitled ‘Brave New World’. The works are intricate, dark and moody and are just my kind of thing.
All three artists present an apocalyptic view of the future. Reginald S Aloysius’s work explores themes of globalization, emigration, and destruction of tradition through development and modernisation. He creates intricate pencil drawings of Indian Hindu temples. Fine enamel lines overlay the drawing, mapping out architectural forms and flight paths. The sweeping lines interupt the drawing and suggest the tension of the present erasing the past.
Jane Ward’s digital prints colourfully map the future. She creates minature worlds from collaged images. The final works are fragmented illustrations where reality meets the imagined.
Finally, Suzanne Moxhay creates works based on sets built from collaged imagery from the 1950s to 1970s. Her process involves moving things from photograph, to print, to a three dimensional set, and then back to the photograph again playing with space and perspective. The resulting works cannot be neatly described as photography. They are both unsettling and beautiful. And this is my confession, I bought one of Suzanne Moxhay’s work despite promising myself that I would not be buying any work during this Art Fair. I couldn’t help myself, I had seen her work before and loved it, and find her whole process really interesting. I have purchased the work through the Own Art scheme where you pay by installments, making it more affordable, if like me, you have a limited budget available. So if you have a few minutes to spare this afternoon, check out BEARSPACE and come along and see us at P26.