New Art Highlights
7 - 13 February
New Art Highlights of the week includes: Charlotte Squire, Mark Elliott Smith, Lucy Bevin and Nigel Bird.
Eusapia Alone, 2018 by Charlotte Squire
A precarious balancing act of an installation with a flask containing Thames water with submerged life jacket lights on a circular glass disc. All balanced on wine glasses looking through a porthole in a circular table, with a suspended chandelier of 'ectoplasmic' lighting hanging above.
The lifejacket lights have a 24 hour life span before the light winks out with the pathos of a life maybe lost.
This work references the ebb and flow of the river Thames, riffing on a previous sculptural installation 'The Resonances of Eusapia Palladino', exploring a spiritualist or medium calling up the past and contacting the dead.
The work hopelessly tries to contact those lost at sea and in transition to the pull of London along the reaches of the Thames, their voices are submerged but their existence might be remembered through calling to them.
Made especially for GHostTide at Thamesside Gallery, curated Sarah Sparkes and Monika Bobinska.
Awaking To Infinity, 2014 by Mark Elliott Smith
Mark’s work explores the formal relationships of colour and shape and their potential for emotional affect, this work examines the capacity of art to animate a space in a positive way. The meticulously painted image reveals a sense of dynamic unity and balance with the illusion of three dimensions, within an underlying circular composition.
Acrylic painting on cotton duck ultra-smooth canvas. The canvas is primed and sanded down to a smooth surface. Paint is then laid on flat in layers with a brush to a fine, crisp finish.
Hanging Lamp, 2022 by Lucy Bevin
The image for Hanging Lamp comes from an installation called The Uncanny Home made in 2021. The Hanging Lamp was a focal piece within this installation and a representation of how objects 'behave' in relation to memory and place and the relationship we have with the rooms, objects and events which allow us to experience place. Objects including the house form a backdrop within which we can experience and maintain place. Objects can also disrupt and in doing so can change their function. The dislocation of the object in space is therefore unsettling, it isn't where it should be.
Score, 2022 by Nigel Bird
Drawing of a musical score.