Location: Curwen Gallery, London
Hot Off The Press 2017 gathers together work by emerging printmakers from recent post-graduate courses in London. The show features artists chosen on the high quality of their work and to reflect the diversity in printmaking as a medium. Artists from Camberwell College of Art & Design and the Royal College of Art demonstrate a broad spectrum of techniques, from delicate etchings to big bold digital prints.
Minami Wrigley’s black and white etchings focus on landscapes of the Northwest USA, and look at the effect that personal experience and memory have on shaping a person’s perspective. Her prints make connections with these experiences and memories whilst creating a new representation of these places, through the naturally unpredictable process of printing. This results in a mixture of existing and fictional landscapes.
Found objects are used as a focus for Sineid Codd, their implied ‘lostness’ evoking a connection to their former owner. From these objects she produces imagery in repeated abstracted forms and laser cut mirrored acrylic, and bright colour. Mollie Tearne’s work also examines objects and their relationship with people, through the particularly topical issue of migration. Mollie collages printed ephemera along with screenprinted image layers to build ‘a transcultural fusion of objects and patterns’.
Gianluca Craca’s work looks at natural structures and he manipulates these elements, patterns and structures so they become forms that could belong to either macro or micro layers, his interest being how forms are all part of the same system; from the smallest atoms, to the cosmos around us. Georgia Kitty Harris looks at nature using a more modern take, using imagery of a toad as an ‘amphibian avatar’ suspended in space.
Luke Wade’s etchings series ‘Tools of the Trade’ featuring a chair used for torture, a revolver, and a knife, also provoke some discomfort for the viewer. Luke’s interests are in spectatorship and engagement in modern society, and he uses taxonomy, and historical investigations to question these, and our responses to recognisable things when subverted through the artistic process of making work.