Points of View
Flowers is pleased to present a group exhibition of work by ten artists titled, Points of View. This exhibition features work by Jiro Osuga, Patrick Hughes, Peter Howson, Lucy Jones, Claerwen James, Renny Tait, John Kirby, Tai-Shan Schierenberg, Nicola Hicks and Tim Lewis. It runs from January 23 through February 18, 2012.
Jiro Osuga casts a critical eye over every aspect of contemporary Japan where the results are often humorous and exuberant, although the melancholy of his confused cultural identity is a recurrent theme. Patrick Hughes’ world is one of flux and paradoxical space in which vision is mobile. Preconceived assumptions of the eye and brain are challenged, inevitably raising questions about our perception, subconscious and the science of sight.
Peter Howson is an artist of disarming visual honesty. His work, depicting the landscapes of modern war and internal struggle with a Goyaesque brilliance, is testament to an obsessive occupation with the dark recesses of existence, a drive that he has channeled, in recent years, into a robust faith and spiritualism. John Kirby’s evocative and deeply moving paintings portray men painted in flat, still backgrounds and placed in quiet, intense situations that record his anxiety, personal uncertainty, and self-doubt.
Renny Tait conjures up an eerie architectural utopia where all buildings are created equally. By displacing each one into a featureless, uninhabited wilderness, banishing all sense of scale through his universal head-on perspective, and illuminating every subject with the same heavenly glow, he forces us to re-evaluate the whole notion of archetypal beauty. Claerwen James’ paintings stand at a deliberate distance to the moments it explores. There is a watchfulness about the figures as they stare out of the picture: a muted privacy that suggests intimacy but gives nothing away.
Tim Lewis uses a combination of media, including light and electrical motors, to create objects that react to the people and environment around them, taking on properties that they would not naturally possess. These idiosyncratic sculptures represent his exploration of our perception of the world, revealing his own doubts and observations. Lucy Jones sits in the Welsh Marches landscape, remaking it in paint marks and color trying to grasp the tangible weight and power of sky and earth. Characteristically “expressionistic” in manner, this is the genre to which she is often aligned.
Nicola Hicks’ achievement is founded on a unique ability to capture the physicality and psychology of the animal and human figures she depicts. The resulting sculptures and drawings often combine charm as well as menace in equal and sometimes devastating measures. Tai-Shan Schierenberg’s intimate portraits of family and friends, his well-publicized portrait commissions and his subtle landscapes convey a remarkable insight into the content - psychological and aesthetic - of his work. These instinctive visual images refuse to betray the plasticity of the medium.