Leeds artist Helen Gibson – professionally known as The Perky…
The Staff Room
4 Oct 2018 - 25 Oct 2018
It would appear that the old adage of George Bernard Shaw, where he wrote that, 'those that can, do; and those that don't, teach', has finally been knocked on the head - The Staff Room, that opens this Thursday to coincide with Light Night, eloquently proves that they in fact, can do both.
This multi-disciplinary exhibition being held at 55 Albion Street (the old Moss Bros shop), and which features the work of artist/educators from the University Centre at Leeds City College, deals with a range of themes and issues that respond to the post-truth world of the 'right now', and presents these in a take-it-or-leave-it manner designed to reflect the punk sensibilities with which the show has been put together.
In the haunting paintings of Sarah Giles (Bateman), for instance, we see the residue of former signage and street furniture appearing as ghosts of a former time - subdued and melancholic, these outlines shimmer with an ethereal glow on the surface of the canvas, not sure as to whether they should emerge or disappear completely - something symbolic of the dichotomy of the present day where one world can be seen waving goodbye to another. Whereas, from his series 'Pause the Internet for a Minute', Tony O'Keeffe presents a triptych of monochrome paintings based on stills of YouTube videos where domesticated wild animals have been captured, on film, attacking and mauling their owners. These lo-res images, which have been authentically reproduced, with all the blur of the original remaining intact, to 'tell it like it is', have subsequently re-contextualised the language of social media into a fine art form, thereby throwing into question again, where an artist can draw their subject from.
The exhibition, which runs until October 25th also includes photography, print, video, sculpture and sound, and features the work of AJ Wilkinson, Jaime Slater, Tom Poultney, Matt Smith, Tony Baker, Jonathan Turner, Adam Harrison, Sarah Giles (Bateman), Tony O'Keeffe, John Pearson, Ryan Woods, Tim Balmforth, Steven Cox and Ed Hanley.
55 Albion Street has been made available for the exhibition by East Street Arts
Preview Nights : Thursday 4th / Friday 5th October 6.00 - 8.00 pm (All welcome)
Other Opening Times :
Tuesday & Friday : 11.00 - 2.00 / 3.00 - 6.00
Wednesday & Thursday : 3.00 - 6.00
Saturday : 11.00 - 5.00
Sunday & Monday : Closed
Only accessible to entrance area (straight from street)
- Wheelchair access
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