24th Jan – 11th March 2018
Sites Unseen is an exhibition of paintings by Chrissy Collinson and ceramic art by Martin Harman.
Hull artist Chrissy Collinson will present her new collection of paintings and drawings. Entitled ‘The Tenfoot Series’ her art is a distillation of Hull’s hidden and unseen urban routes. Known as ‘Tenfoots’ in Hull, these back alleys, link drives and walkways, provide an interesting map of Hull’s suburban / urban districts; almost mapping the ‘in between’ of domestic life, inhabited and owned yet seemingly derelict. These hidden routes have provided a fascination for Chrissy, as an artist who lives in Hull she is very familiar with the ‘Tenfoot’ culture. It is her intent on discovering the picturesque of the everyday, the roughness and irregularity of the mundane. Her paintings are not though to be viewed as exploitative of the ‘down at heel’ but an observation of this urban picturesque. This collection is British contemporary painting first and foremost. The drawings and paintings have a very lively, colourful yet delicate response to what maybe overlooked. Chrissy has won a prestigious Arts Council Award, which enabled her to further research and development this artwork.
Says Chrissy; “I am pleased to announce that I have been awarded Arts Council for England Grants for the Arts funding. I have also received Hull City Council Grants to Arts funding and an Eaton Trust Award for workshops and talks in Hull.”
Chrissy Collinson graduated from Hull School of Art & Design in 1989 and has previously exhibited in Beverley and Hull. Active in the local arts ecology, Chrissy is a member of the Hull Artists Association, and was activity involved with Quay Art in Hull in the late 1990s. This new collection of paintings will travel to Manchester and Liverpool as part of the international Biennale.
Bristol based Ceramic Artist, Martin Harman, has a similar curiosity for the historic built heritage. This area of research inspires ideas that are translated through a constructive or maker process. Sculptures can be categorised into themes such as clouds or organic architecture. Martin intends not to replicate its presence, e.g. a monument, in any way but to develop this notion into a foundation from which to generate ideas around imagination, possibility and curiosity. These ideas are taken through a constructive process; a method that Martin utilises to create each individual sculpture.
The making process consists of a combination of singular components that are cut up and joined together to create a whole form. Components are thrown on the potter’s wheel using traditional throwing skills and combined with slab-built individual parts.
Says Martin; “My sculpture is intended to invite new ways of seeing and experiencing. It allows viewers the opportunity to evoke their own curiosity through questioning the meaning behind the work.”
Similarly to Chrissy Collinson, Martin does not want to replicate but respond and allow viewers the opportunity to evoke their own curiosity through questioning the meaning behind the work.