‘Geometry of Space’ at Porthminster Gallery
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Exhibition: ‘Geometry of Space’
Location: Porthminster Gallery, Westcott's Quay, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2DY, UK
Exhibition Dates: Saturday, 19th March – Saturday, 23rd April 2016.
Opening Times: 10am – 5pm. Monday – Saturday. Free admission.
The Porthminster Gallery is delighted to present ‘Geometry of Space’, a curated exhibition showcasing new paintings by Falmouth University graduate Charlotte Keates, exploring the dynamics of space, using restrained colours and delicate drawn elements. The exhibition will be complimented with sculptural ceramic forms by Regina Heinz, Sun Kim and Keith Varney.
Charlotte Keates aims to create intriguing and surprising illusionary interiors where the exterior floods into the interior. ‘What is outside and surrounding us, I find exhilarating and inspiring; a beautiful location, or setting, becoming the anchor of the painting’. The viewers own experiences and imagination play as much a part of the narrative of the paintings as that of the artist. ‘Whilst a moment or scene is composed from my imagination, the story is left entirely ambiguous to unfold as the viewer wishes it to.’ Born in 1990 Charlotte now lives in London after graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from Falmouth University. She has exhibited throughout the UK and Europe.
Regina Heinz has established an international reputation for her innovative use of ceramic materials and processes. Best known for her award-winning ‘pillow’ shaped sculptures, Regina, who has a background in painting, has evolved a highly distinctive abstract visual language. Her work has been purchased by the Art Fund and is held in museum collections around the world. In 2013 Regina exhibited at American museum of Ceramic Art as part of an exhibition entitled ‘British Ceramics in America’. The internationally acclaimed potter Emmanuel Cooper said Regina’s work has ‘a powerful sculptural quality and appears tactile and organic, though equally, they can be seen as purely abstract in dealing with line, volume, mass and colour.’ Born in Austria, Regina has lived in the UK since 1989.
Born in Korea, Sun Kim was raised in Brazil before moving to the UK in 2004. With such a diverse cultural upbringing, Sun explores traditional and contemporary aesthetics within her work, producing a range of functional ware with a distinct visual language, shaped by a personal investigation into form, shape and volume. As well as her own practice Sun has also worked as an assistant to the hugely influential porcelain artist Edmund De Waal since 2004.
Keith Varney is fascinated by form, line and texture, inspired by the ways these elements interact with light, shade and colour to create ceramic sculptures. Working in bone china and porcelain the geometric and faceted forms are left unglazed emphasising the translucent white surfaces that are animated by light and shade, creating a sense of movement. Originally training as a fine furniture maker, Keith returned to education in 2005 seeking a new creative direction into ceramic sculptures. In 2011 he set up his own studio practice and has since exhibited across the UK in venues such as the Design Museum and Manchester Art Gallery.
The work of all four artists will be available to view in the gallery as part of the exhibition ‘Geometry of Space’ at the Porthminster Gallery, St Ives, from Saturday 19th March until Saturday 23rd April 2016. Curated by Gallery Director David Durham, all works are available to buy.
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Founded in 1999 by David Durham and Dee Bray the St Ives-based gallery specialises in Modern and contemporary St Ives and British contemporary art, showcasing paintings, prints, sculpture and ceramics. The gallery has featured on BBC tv and won the Cornwall Today award for ‘Best Art Gallery in Cornwall’, 2014/15.
Porthminster Gallery, Westcott's Quay, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 2DY, UK
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