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Blackpool artists collide for super show

Destroy Blackpool

Supercollider’s Destroy Blackpool exhibition provides antithesis to title in the making, as several artists collaborate to exhibit their works for a joint show at Abingdon Studios. If it is something either traditional, or perhaps something more ground breaking and out there you are looking for in the visual arts scene, then Supercollider is for you. From jelly, to a repetitive film sequence, this exhibition has plenty for your senses to enjoy.

Although on a shoestring budget, Supercollider always seems to smash it with a cool turn out, and never fails to popularise modern art from both the local art world, and sometimes from more international, and further afield artists. This time round, with a current exhibition which tied in with a busy Blackpool weekend, the turn-out here was great and the gallery above Abingdon Street Market was bustling with appreciative art lovers.

Most of the exhibitors are professional artists in their own right and have excelled with degrees in specialist art fields, proving their abilities especially now, through exhibiting at Supercollider. Many of the exhibitors have a permanent studio space on the first floor, so enjoy the entire run of Abingdon Studios to help fulfil their artistic integrity.

We are met on entrance by Garth Gratrix’s work of three pleasantly positioned chairs in situ to suggest a vantage point for a sitter, of a perfect view. Lisa Wigham’s piece is in her noticeable style, with delicacy of line and attention to detail. Sean Payne, has shown a cropped film on a loop, referencing the film ‘Seven’, where Brad Pitt features, “Whats in the box”, with repetition of this script ad infinitum. Irritating after a while, but has impact. Again “Whats in the box”? – A brown cardboard box has been positioned below the TV set, which is on show.

Through the partition are two differently styled types of painting, where both are most detailed, and much effort required to finish, by two separate artists. All three works pay attention to colour, only to be side – tracked by a bottle of the finest Cognac positioned in its own space on the floor.

Other edibles are on show too (but I wouldn’t actually eat this) with Ann Carragher exhibiting jelly made in an antique mould and positioned it on a plinth. Reflected light from the window only adds more interest to this wobbly piece. Adrian Pritchard also features in the show with his drip/gloop paintings on display.

Destroy Blackpool is a must see whilst Supercollider is temporarily housed at Abingdon Studios away from its usual Cookson Street home. With an airy view and fantastic light, a spectacular panorama of the back of St John’s Church and the rear of the old Post Office buildings seen through the windows; Abingdon Studios is one of the newest ventures in Blackpool, showcasing just some of the local artistic talent from Blackpool and puts the local scene well and truly on the map.

  • Local artist, (painting, drawing, collage, and occasional photography, (for reference), of landscape, and abstract, in oil, acrylic, and any other medium which captures my imagination. Contributor, and writer for altBlackpool. Collector, of sometimes anything, but mostly pot, and ceramics.

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