Musings on art and life.
It was a funny feeling, walking back into the Gallery @ the Civic again. The last time I had walked into the space the Catwalk to Cover show had been on, with music pumping through the speakers. This time it was different, there was a feeling of calm contemplation and the artwork on the walls was more sensitive and neutral in nature.
Polly Binns and Anne Morrell are two textile artists who come from very different backgrounds. They met about 30 years ago, but this is the first time they have exhibited together. Light and Line is a touring exhibition, run by the Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery and has been funded by the Arts Council of England.
Polly Binns method of making is quite immediate, she stitches directly onto the fabric and allows the embroidery to flow naturally and create it’s own story. This particular body of work has been inspired by the ebb and flow of the water in the marsh lands near her home. In support to the large embroidered hangings near the gallery entrance there is a lovely collection of framed line drawings. The fabric is quite neutral and earthy in colour, the dye uneven, with paint applied on to some of the threads, inviting the viewer in with lovely areas of interest and detail. It’s a sensitive translation of the delicate nature of the marshes.
Anne Morrell has a different approach to working then Polly. She begins with an idea of where she would like the work to go, and builds and adapts it as the work is created. She is highly influenced by transient moments in nature: water, light, time and the seasons, and this is evident in the colours and textures of her finished pieces. Blue predominates in some areas, and pale creams in others, creating a compliment to Polly’s work. The surface textures Anne manages to build up are exquisite, the thread built up in deep hues over richly dyed fabrics. An interesting, modern twist to the exhibition is the inclusion of digital prints, suspended by guy wires near the windows of the gallery. They provide a lovely body of contrasting support work for the large scale embroideries hanging in the rest of the space.
Both artists work is best seen up close to be able to truly appreciate the skill and time they have invested in their respective projects.
The Light and Line exhibition will be in the Gallery @the Civic, Barnsley from Thursday 22nd November 2012 until Friday 4th January 2013.
To find out more information about the Civic click here.
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