ARTIST: Gordon & Carol Coldwell
EXHIBITION DATE: January/February 2017
STYLE OF WORK:
Caron – Figurative Art/Craft typically hand painted paper casts of spoons featuring expressive portraits taken from history, cultural memory and nostalgic references.
Gordon – Contemporary Figurative… virtual interiors + exteriors: Digitally constructed & Giclee Printed
STUDIO LOCATION: Otterhampton nr. Bridgwater, Somerset
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Caron works primarily as a ‘Colourist’ painter, interested in capturing and conveying the memory of places.
Most of her recent works are a significant departure from the preoccupations in earlier work, albeit that her painterly/mark-making abilities and use of colour remain self evident. Her recent decorated paper cast spoons, utensils and pots works successfully blurring the boundaries between fine art and craft – thematically, these works reference e.g. history, costume, style, TV, cinema etc… imagery that provokes a kind of cultural nostalgia.
Each work results from layering torn newspaper that is pasted onto various cutlery items and ceramic vases… then, when dry, the paper is separated from its mold … each feather weight cast piece then has collage and acrylic paint added to the surface as a final stage..
The framed works have a museum exhibit quality and, when viewed in close up, they delight in their cheerful, icon-like, nostalgic familiarity. Each work is a labour of love… certainly a long time in the making. The decorated paper vase works both complement and contrast the framed pieces. All of these works conjure up a ‘smile in the mind’ triggered by the familiarity of the imagery set in surprising contexts.
Gordon’s work is an eclectic mix of ‘unique evolutions’, it is essentially ‘Art out of Art’ and ‘Art about Art’, multi-layered in construction and potential meaning.
It is hoped that those with or without knowledge of art history find something of interest in the work – they might enjoy the depth, detail and craft, they might ask ‘how are these works made’? As for their meaning, they are open to multiple interpretations… it’s all up to the viewer… if the viewer is left with a ‘smile in the mind’… then the work is doing what it is meant to do.
Each work is made by importing original and sourced pictorial content into two kinds of image manipulating software, the composition is then constructed, developed and finessed on an iPad and PC. The evolving work is sent back and forth between software and hardware to achieve desired look and feel.
The works are then Giclee printed onto white Hahnemuhle Fine Art Paper or canvas stretched on board. The final stage is to enliven the surface by adding highlighted areas of gouache or acrylic pigment with brush work.
Every piece has the potential to be produced on a very large scale but all works remain unique because of the final hand painted stage. The works on display at the Sugar Cube Gallery have been made in the past 2 years – part of a portfolio of 600+ artworks.