Taking it easy at Supercollider

The third leg of a rotational exhibition comes to Supercollider on Friday 23 August.  The preview evening of the collaborative exhibition, Easy does it, curated by sculptor Kevin Hunt and featuring Blackpool’s Tom Ireland, will be kicking off at 7pm.  The work has previously been seen at the David Gale Gallery in Glasgow and the Aid&Abet Gallery in Cambridge.  It involves the work of eleven artists exploring the theme predominantly through sculpture with a mixture of mediums including plastic, an eviscerated holiday brochure, projected imagery and taxidermy.

With this exhibition, the artists are intending to draw attention to the complexitiy inherent in the most simple-seeming tasks and actions.  Alongside the visual exhibition, the artists have been carrying out online conversations, which relate to the theme of Easy does it, by asking two questions of each artist each week.  These can be accessed on the Supercollider site.

Curator, Kevin Hunt, is known for his clean, geometric objects such as the black circles in his recent Spectral Lines formationHannah James lives and works in Bristol and Rotterdam and her solo exhibitions use a variety of approaches including block printing, spoken word, projected imagery and photography.  Carwyn Evans is a Welsh artist whose striking visual work is a personal exploration of his sense of place, in particular regarding his migration from rural Wales.  Fiona Curran is studying for her PhD in London, having started with a degree in philosophy before moving on to gain her BA (Hons) and MA at Manchester Met.  Her work incorporates bold shapes and bright colours and her website states that her ‘practice investigates the social and psychological spaces we inhabit as viewers’.

The other artists involved in this exhibition are Jo Addison, an artist who communicates via seemingly mundane objects, Jo Coupe who ‘revels in the transience of life, seeks out poetry in the ordinary and draws attention to complex cycles of growth and decay’, former exhibitor at The Grundy, Leo Fitzmaurice, and Littlewhitehead, whose website sports the slogan, ‘We want to beat you up visually’.  There is also Sean Edwards, who works with found or borrowed objects, bits of other works and studio knickknacks, Tom Godfrey, who has worked in screen-printing and film as well as co-directing the Moot Gallery in Nottigham, and Supercollider curator, Tom Ireland whose work has a strong deconstructionist theme.

The bringing together of this fascinating group of contemporary artists promises to invoke a reaction in its audience.  For anyone interested in a broad introduction to the conceptual art scene, Easy does it is a positive place to begin.

Supercollider is open Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm to 5pm at 59 Cookson Street, Blackpool.

Feature image is ‘Untitled Photo’ by Littlewhitehead.

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