Archive for the ‘Drawing’ Category

Regeneration
February 17, 2012

This week at the Link we invited students to pick up a pen/pencil, a piece of paper and start drawing! 

The aim was for a collective large-scale paper drawing developing across all the walls of the Link, adding to what has come before in an organic formation.

The colour theme was black, white and grey.

Over the week more and more pieces were added. Some made quick spontaneous sketches, some offered more considered work. Some spent time in the gallery working.

Many thanks to professional artist ARISU for spending so much time in the space to keep the momentum, you can see her work on her blog.

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Moment
February 8, 2012

This weeks show has been very popular and the Monday night launch was well attended with lovely evening sun shining in on the exhibits and visitors.

The exhibition was initiated and developed by John Lynch a 1st year Interactive Arts student. John says in his exhibition proposal:

“…the past is History and cannot be recreated. You cannot recreate even a conversation you had ten minutes before, since that time many things will have changed, including yourself. When does the past begin? When does History start? I am suggesting after approx. 15 seconds. For those 15 seconds we are living in the MOMENT. This exhibition will be about that time frame.”

The exhibition was an interesting one to curate as many of the exhibits remained somewhat mysterious until the last moment. In the end curatorial decisions were somewhat in the moment! We were looking at blank walls for the first part of the set up, trying to imagine the exhibits on the basis of rough ideas coming from the artists. This seems to have worked out fine and the resulting show is, we think, a set of coherent moments.

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Amy Lawrence

Devin Louttit

Elizabeth De Cent

Hazel Jones

Helen Austin

Hannah Leighton-Boyce

Hannah Davies

Hebe Phillips

John Lynch

Kathy Bradshaw

Keiran Izquierdo

Roger Bygott

Saffina Bhatti

Sonny Barker

Sam Beeston

Tom Valentine

 

Co-ordinator and organiser: John Lynch

Link Gallery Co-Curators and organisers: Elisa Artesero & Roger Bygott

Animation & Illustration show
January 18, 2012

This weeks exhibition is from some of the 3rd year Illustration and Animation students:

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Threads exhibition
January 11, 2012

The new term at the Link starts with work from the curators, Elisa Artesero and Roger Bygott, with the addition of work from guest artist Hannah Leighton-Boyce.

The theme of the work on show is threads/lines, be they real threads or lines of light. Roger’s work uses threads from shoes to frame the vista of two windows, the shoes create an absence and loneliness when viewed upon entering the gallery, the male and female shoes point outward towards the world outside, an optimistic stance on one level, but on another they are  turning their backs on each other in such a definite position. However, when a visitor stands just behind the shoes to look out at the view, particularly in the evening when they can see their reflection, it is as though they fill the shoes for that moment.

Elisa’s light sculpture uses white thread to reshape the end gallery space in a mix of sharp angular shapes, some covered with paper as platforms for the bright slowly moving projections to bring the sculpture to life. The light from the projections also catches on the strings, illuminating them and giving a sense of movement. The shadows cast from the sculpture also moves across the back wall as the light and dark areas of the projection slowly shift across the space. The Light Paintings I & II projected and framed on adjacent walls are there to be viewed like a painting which happens to move, to watch the swathes of colour and patterns slowly move across the framed area in a slow considered manner. In the evening it is possible to watch the Light Paintings as reflections in the window while positioned in front of Roger’s work.

The Foyer space contains Hannah’s series of intricate pencil drawings from the movement created from stitched pieces of work, laid out as if a large landscape piece.

Also in the Foyer space is an installation and related video pieces by Roger. The foil lined ‘Accumulator’ is a phase in an ongoing series exploring  space, fiction and memory. There is some reference to Psychoanalyst Wilhelm Reich’s ‘Orgone Accumulator’ a quasi-scientific/mystical invention devised by Reich in the 1960s. He claimed his ‘Orgone boxes’ could enhance the life-force and the libido. In no way attempting to recreate Reich’s box, this installation nevertheless proposes an accumulation of creative energy in the form of artistic process and fictional possibility. The meaning of the piece is undefined, yet meanings can accumulate and develop in relationship to it. The material lends itself to Sci-fi imaginings, and yet there is a cone of red thread in there harking back to the past maybe. There is a contrasting connection of the Industrial Revolution and the Technological Revolution.

The three looped video pieces also document various phases of the ‘Accumulator’ in the form of performance, poetry and music. We are presented with fragments of a story, part abstract, part science fiction.

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Foundation Course: Term 1 Show
December 13, 2011

A selection of work from the MMU Art & Design Foundation Course:

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Series 3
November 17, 2011

Some images from the Series 3 exhibit:

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John Brindley Solo Show (31st Oct – 4th Nov)
October 29, 2011

This weeks Link Gallery show exhibits the work of second year Fine Art student John Brindley.

In his artists’ statement John says:

“I see my work as experimental, exploring how the basic elements of colour, structure, line and texture can generate emotional impact and express energy in the work.

When starting a painting I do not hold a preconceived idea of what the work might become as it is important to me that the paint and the visceral application of the medium should eventually speak for itself. 

The meaning in the work is subjective and varied, and can appear emotive, enigmatic, energetic and structural. It is generally developed with an eye to the aesthetic. 

I am interested in the psycho-spiritual (secular) aspect of ‘creativity and the unconscious’, particularly as discussed in the books of Stephen Newton, Rudolf Arnheim and Anton Ehrenzweig. “

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We also congratulate John on winning a Merit Award at the recent Stockport Artists Group Exhibition at Stockport Art Gallery. His winning painting can be seen at Stockport Art Gallery until January 2012.

This show was co-curated by Elisa Artesero and Roger Bygott

Call for submissions : The Secret Life
October 26, 2011

This is a call for submissions with a surreal/dreamlike theme for an exhibition at the Link Gallery 7th-11th November. The work can be in any medium that fits into the theme. Please send photos (or stills if film based) of the completed work together with dimensions, a short description, and any special install requirements you may have by the submission deadline of Tuesday 1st November to mmulinkgallery@hotmail.co.uk

The exhibition will be curated but you must be available to install your own work at midday Friday 4th November.

This is a show with a very short window of time for submissions, so don’t delay! I really look forward to viewing the work that is sent through.

A new year at the Link Gallery
October 7, 2011

It’s been a long summer indeed, but now the Link Gallery is back for another year of exhibitions! The layout of the foyer space has changed now that the stairs have been removed, so we now have even more wall space to play with.

I (Elisa Artesero) will continue to be the curator of the gallery; however I am looking for a small team of volunteers from the Interactive Arts course (particularly our new first years) with an interest in curating who would like to help with the running of the gallery this year. I will post more information a little later, but if any students from the course would like to get in touch with an expression of interest please email mmulinkgallery@hotmail.co.uk

The gallery is also now open for submissions to artists from any degree. Along with the more traditional mediums of work, I am keen to open up the space for more unusual proposals; be it for film, events, theatre, fashion or music to ensure another eclectic year of exhibitions. Do not worry if this is your first exhibition, I will work with you, all I ask is for a certain level of ambition for the use of the space.

So, please email me at mmulinkgallery@hotmail.co.uk for a proposal form.

Manchester School of Art Degree Show
June 12, 2011

It’s getting close to that time of year again; when the final year art students are feeling a mixture of nerves and excitement as they finish installing their artwork for the Manchester School of Art Degree show. This year the Link Gallery is hosting work from the Fine Art Print degree, however don’t just stop by the Link, the whole school is full to the brim of exhibitions from so many different degree courses! Make sure to check out the Holden Gallery with work from the Interactive Arts degree, it’s sure to be a varied exhibition from some very talented artists.

The preview is Friday 17th June, with the public view from Saturday 18th June through to Wednesday 22nd June, so if you’re in Manchester or visiting during that time, make sure to pop by.