Shades of Grey
Emma Langridge, Louise Blyton, Magda Cebokli, Terri Brooks, T J Bateson & Wendy Kelly
Galleries 4, 5 & 6
18 May - 5 June 2016
Opening Wednesday 18 May, 6.30-8pm
Of her work, curator of Shades of Grey 2016, Emma Langridge, states:
"Even in the most mechanical of processes, if the hand is employed there will be a degree of unintentional mark making which makes its way through to the final work. Over time, I have become drawn into exploring the schism
between the deliberate and preconceived concept and that which occurs randomly due to material considerations:
the minute changes in pressure and imprecision of the hand, the quality of the support, the viscosity of the paint -the extrinsic factors are myriad. By adhering to a rigid process, that which is unintentional becomes the variable
and therefore the focus."
It's this process-driven evolution that interests T J Bateson, work '…that explores the reposition of labour via the
transmission and modification of force and motion of mark generation." For Tim, an important aspect of the work
is "…to envelop the viewer in a quiet meditation of a field of marks, drawing the viewer into a contemplation of its
construction and connectedness to the maker and time spent in construction."
Wendy Kelly and her work is also very much process based as she continues to research into non-objective
abstraction and its relevance in contemporary visual language. The stimulation of a conversation is Wendy's aim,
"non-objective abstraction has a freedom of material interpretation, an ability to incorporate an emotional expression
and can provide a focus for quiet contemplation and engagement."
Louise Blyton talks of her work being "committed to and informed by reductive art and its histories, leading to the
demarcating of solid shapes and a resultant concentration on the materials I was using." The reduction of these
materials revealed "…a purity and simplicity that mirrored the minimalist forms and compositions."
And, like all of the artists in Shades of Grey 2016, Louise identifies that the reductive nature allows "…simplicity of
their form, colour and composition to become central, creating works that evoke a sense of quiet…creating a
discursive relationship between the viewer, the works and the subtleties of surrounding light and shadow."
Light and edge are the basic ingredients of Magda Cebokli's subject matter - issues of changing luminosity, the visual
function of edge, the movement between light and dark and the structure of space. For her, "…this analysis of visual
experience means I work with small differences, simplified form, repetition and a restricted palette. Reduction to the
essential remains an aim."
Repetition of mark and meditative motion underlies Terri Brooks work, fascinated as she is "…by the forces of nature
and the patterns produced by natural phenomena." Non-objective abstraction is there result as as the work "…express
my feelings of being in harmony with nature…rather than a representation."
Shades of Grey 2016 is an annual exhibition celebrating abstract minimalism, the process of creativity and innovation.
It is a contemplative experience: stoic, meditative and silent, the works are a time for reflection.