Kevin Malone and Ellamarie Thornhill at Caffe Dolce

little robot
Photograph by Linzi Cason

The latest exhibition to showcase artistic talent at Caffe Dolce on Abingdon Street is now on. All the works are in the public areas of the coffee shop so why not have a drink and spend a few minutes looking round?

This month features the work of two very different artists. On the ground floor are images by photographer Kevin Malone. His work consists of a number of colour prints following the adventures of a little man seemingly constructed from Amazon-style cardboard delivery boxes. This is the first illusion; the ‘little man’ is in fact just that, being around three inches tall and made of plastic. Danbo the robot is a star of the Japanese comedy manga series, Yotsuba&! and his siblings can be bought online.  He made a guest appearance for the evening, taking up residence in a Dolce coffee cup for the duration.

According to Kevin these photos are now part of an on-going project since the little man now makes his main home in the photographer’s bag so when there’s an opportunity, out he comes for a starring role. In this exhibition he’s been caught in a balancing act, holding a lighted match and been pursued with an offer of marriage.  This follows on from the internet meme which has been growing in popularity since 2009.

Upstairs is something quite different. The displayed work of Ellamarie Thornhill involves the use of small metallic objects such as paper fasteners and clips on backgrounds including painted matter to create spectacular glittering patterns. In this display she has been interested in the concepts of permanence and decay in art and more generally. She has been keen to show how all is in a constant state of change, hence some of the work deliberately includes some objects that are rusting – the beginnings of a form of decay. There are several more aspects to these works to help you think about big issues over your coffee.SAM_1386

Ellamarie says of her own work:

The current show at Caffe Dolce is called Seruans Delicata, which means protecting the Delicate in Latin. This showcases an array of different effects and visuals which are engaging to the eye but with a conceptual aspect that enables the viewer, if they so wish, to engage in deeper thought. We protect, we reflect, we defend, we harm. I explore how sometimes, in trying to protect something we can harm it, hence the rusting of the artwork.

For some images from the exhibition see Caffe Dolce’s Facebook page.

Ellamarie’s work can also be followed on Facebook.

This exhibition runs through most of the rest of this month. Why not have a look and tell us what you think?

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