Intimate, quirky and raw are only a few words to describe Off the Kerbs latest installment – let me tell you, it’s worth the trip!
The front gallery ‘Momentarium’ by Christopher Hancock commends upon entrance, instantly capturing audiences’ attention with his beautifully dark portrayals of the human body. Hancock’s fragile figurative portraits kindle a sensation of awe illuminating the front room with visuals of sensual disfigurements.
Spinning off from his last exhibition “Depressionism’ Hancock has reformed these intimate pieces into emotionally charged imagery. His fresh and creative painting style has attracted viewers and stimulated instant fascination and intrigue. Through the strong figurative abstraction Hancock has defined the bodies in many forms – leaving room for personal interpretation. The fluid movement of the body and Hancock’s heavy use of earth tones and splashes of black engender a raw feel within the painting. Behind the twisted exterior of the portraits there are layers of beautality and solid presence of mortality. The disposition of the faces and the metamorphosis effect play strongly on the figures accentuating the symbolism within them.
Capturing mortality in an ironically lively form, using ligaments of anatomy to represent a more holistic shape and expression. Alongside the array of Hancock’s feudal portraits, there is also a circular floor instillation positioned in the middle of the gallery in conjunction with the theme of his portraits. Hancock never fails to impress – the translucent fluidity within his paintings coinciding with the exterior corrosion and dripping effect-joining alignments of dispositional contour.
The upstairs gallery, ‘Light Matter Matters More Than Dark Matter Matters’ by Danish Quapoor, explores a realm of amorality and as described by Quapoor, humanimals’. Portraying identifications between humans and animals by transmuting them as one Quapoor has illustrated his concepts through drawings with fine liner on brown paper and card. Besides the raw media being one of the prominent basics used to project Quapoor’s drawings he has also used a circular wooden template and even a toilet seat to present his beautifully fine-lined creations on. With underlying themes such as temptation, promiscuity and indecision Quapoor has shaped these notions into a series of playful hand drawn characters. The interaction between humans and animals presented in the series portray a natural yet fantasy based element opening the viewer’s minds to play on visual association.
Lastly, the back gallery, ‘Everything is Hard and Boring’ by Caragh Brooks. Don’t have the guts to say it yourself? Brooks will do it for you – in her self-representational instillation she has taken the triviality of every day situations and spun them into humorous satirical illustrations we can undoubtedly all relate to. Brooks expresses inner thoughts and personal social situations through black and white illustrations coinciding with the dark humour and brutal honesty. The divine reliability of these circumstances hit very close to home, in current culture there isn’t one piece displayed that we cant relate to, whether it be ‘nothing is ever good enough’ or ‘drinking a large coffee at 5pm because I am totally in control of my life’ we’ve all been there. Plastered on the wall are a series of A4 side-by-side illustrations creating a collage-like effect. As you read on they only get better.
Adjacent her series of illustrations Brooks has also sculpted a few items out of polymer clay – still keeping in tie with the banality of her theme she has sculpted a Dry shampoo bottle with the text reading ‘because you’re a lazy fuck with poor time management skills’ along with a few other items with blatantly honest texts. The rest of the room occupies drawings of a similar essence. As candid as the humour is it definitely brightened up the room – leaving people laughing in agreement with the statements.
Nothing but talent – these artists have pushed social and artistic boundaries making this show exceptionally worth a second and third look. There is still time to visit before the next exhibition, which will be held on the 28th of August. Be sure to head down for the next exhibition. I know I will be!