Sunday, December 14, 2008

The Damned and the Saved

"The show is divided both between the two venues and the classical themes of 'Portrait' and 'Landscape'; Standpoint will be peopled with souls in transport or torment and here at studio1.1 we will present their various hells and/or Edens. The onus as ever is upon the viewer to judge."

The Damned and the Saved is an exploration of modern morality shared between two gallery spaces. I have a portrait of a stranded young soul at Standpoint in the company of Chris Humphrey's screaming souls in rivers of flame, Cathy Lomax's Mary Bell paintings and Matt Lippiatt's occupied body-bags among other participants.

Respite (salvation?) from these figuritive unsettlings can be found several minutes walk away at Studio 1.1. Michelle Fletcher's lushly sinister painting of a forest glade dominates the front gallery space and Tom Wolseley's film 'Mountain Harmonica' reminds us that all may not be well in the rural idyll. My landscapes are in a small back room next to Andrea Gregson's sculpture 'Lair': the twigs seeming to reach over and into my paintings, dragging them into the room and allowing them to be something other than painted improbabilities.

The Damned and the Saved asks us to judge modern moral predicaments or at least be mindful of age-old notions of good and evil as we find ourselves before yet another Christmas in front of the TV. It's on until 21st December.