New Art Highlights of the week from Axisweb includes: Countless by Maya Ramsay, Chart of Invisibility by Amanda Wallwork, Iconic by Gabrielle Caul and KB17/09 by Keron Beattie.
Countless, 2016-17 by Maya Ramsay
'Countless' is a series of 29 graphite rubbings made from the graves of migrants who lost their lives whilst trying to reach Europe by boat. It is 29 years since the first recorded shipwreck of a migrant boat in Europe.
'Countless' will be exhibited in a solo show at Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth from April 1st - June 4th 2017.
Chart of Invisibility, 2017, by Amanda Wallwork
The Chart of Invisibility – graphic poster
Inspired by an archive 1940’s copy of ‘Phillip’s Chart of the Stars’ The Chart of Invisibility uses archaeological data on the distribution and current condition of round barrows and re-imagines it as a constellation map. The map charts the position of all known barrows across the whole South Dorset Ridgeway area.
The varying size of the dots or ‘earthwork encounter rating’ indicates whether a barrow is in good condition and therefore visible; damaged and partially visible or completely destroyed with no visible trace remaining.
Eliminating all other mapping detail brings the focus purely on the pattern of distribution and relationship to landscape – the ridge of higher ground showing clearly in the alignments.
Iconic, 2017, by Gabrielle Caul
Paper collage, capturing the presence of iconic structures in a redeveloped dockland location. the use of line is a significant feature in this work, inspired by the highways and bridge structures that cut across the urban landscape.
KB17/09, 2017 by Keron Beattie
Keron's work investigates ideas of wholeness and its opposite brokenness. It tends to be sculptural in approach and execution, but not exclusively so. I enjoy responding to the materiality of an object and looking for ways of working both with and against this.
The interaction between the found and the new, and between different materials, forms an important part of my practice and the changing coastline near my studio in North Norfolk provides inspiration and some of my materials.