New Art Highlights

25 - 31 July

New Art Highlights of the week includes: Peter Arscott, Claire Cansick, Adam and Gillian and Henny Burnett

Oxmarket Open (Chichester) 2 - 28 August by Peter Arscott

Peter Arscott

Protest Willow Pattern Vase

I decided I would give the traditional Chinese willow pattern a more up-to-date interpretation. My visit to Hong Kong three years ago was an eye opener, and I enjoyed the vibrancy and energy of the place – so with the suppression of free expression and democracy in Hong Kong and the repression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang in mind, I made a willow pattern protest vase, since I feel strongly about the issue, and I am a potter. Instead of the doves, two helicopters, instead of the lovers escaping over the bridge, prisoners with guards. You get the idea.

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Climate Project, 2022 by Claire Cansick

Claire Cansick 

For the year of 2022 I will be painting climate change extreme weather events in order to document a more comprehensive picture of how it is affecting the world. I have chosen to embark on this because I have been painting this subject fro several years but not had any plan or rhythm to it. Nature has always been a running theme in my work and the extremities of its power really interest me as a subject matter. I like to play with colour in all my painting and so will implement some of my own interpretations in subverting colours in order to express emotion in the work as I see fit. I am naming the location, date and source of photographic content as the title to each piece. My objective is t exhibit the work as an entire collection throughout 2023/4.

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Translucent 1/20, 2022 by Adam and Gillian

Adam and Gillian

A series of modernist sculptures and images that explore form.

Stripped back and subtracted, we are left with translucent, ghost-like forms.

Cellulose film on glass

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Vespiaries & Potter Wasp Nests, 2022 by Henny Burnett

Henny Burnett

Around 2,000 years ago, Chinese servant and eunuch of the imperial court Cai Lun noticed that wasps build nests by chewing wood. Inspired by this, he made the first paper. A ‘founding queen’ begins a nest with a ‘nursery’ of hexagonal cells for her larvae. First to hatch are daughter workers, the sterile females that forage, enlarge the nest, and care for their sisters. Unfairly maligned, even feared, wasps make industrious parents and are important pollinators, and can recognize the faces of their companions.

The installation responds to the all female environment with two hanging nests, the larger piece womb like in its shape and the smaller nest a layered construction similar to that made by paper wasps. Projected onto the papery plaster surfaces is a film of a founding queen nest-building.
Two small companion pieces are based on a 1927 photograph of a Potter wasp nest in Egypt taken by the artist’s entomologist great-great uncle.

Vespiaries' materials: muslin fabric, paper, chicken wire, plaster, projected film.
Potter Wasp nests' materials: plaster, clay & found object.

Credits: original wasp film by Paul Hodge Productions. Video edits @martinurmson

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