Luke Tarpey, Paul Lewthwaite, Michelle Keegan
'Forward Through the Rearview Mirror' represents the beginning of my study into pattern recognition. The work is concerned with deconstructing the effects of media through abstraction of basic shapes, patterns and found images within a formal structure that defines the work's origin.
The underlying ideas that inform my work are Marshall McLuhan's theories on the effects of media on society. The concept of the rearview mirror is an important one in our struggle to understand the electronic age we live in.
"When faced with a totally new situation, we tend always to attach ourselves to the objects, to the flavor of the most recent past. We look at the present through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future." Marshall McLuhan & Quentin Fiore in The Medium is the Massage: An Inventory of Effects
We are moving ahead in time but living in the past, but by looking at the overall pattern we can analyze the present and look forward into our future.
Luke Tarpey, 2011
My work focuses on the object. The object as self contained artefact, totem,
signifier, suggested form.
I often use a highly crafted, manufactured aesthetic, employing construction
materials such as steel, plywood, cast concrete and resin. Forms are finished with surface treatments and layered paintwork, unifying structures by adding primary monochrome colours.
Sculptures are suggestive, hinting at utility or domestic purpose. They have an implied use that invites interpretation, while simultaneously avoiding simplistic representation. Tools could be weapons, architectural models could be toys,
flat-packs could lead to nothing more than a collection of fragments.
Art history and other cultural references form a foundation for my work. I often work in series, exploring a theme or set of ideas. For this exhibition, however, I have chosen to bring together pieces that have evolved from a variety of sources such as science fiction, landscape, the urban/domestic environment and personal associations.
Paul Lewthwaite, 2011
My work begins with place. Locations are selected for their familiarity or chosen by tracing where family members worked and originated from. This personal mapping begins with drawing in situ; these images become the precursors to the final image worked through the processes of etching. The working strategy is spontaneous and playful, allowing the images to change in their making, as they become multi layered with new surfaces and ideas, resulting in new surfaces and ideas, resulting in intricate and complex prints.
The locations allow me to explore a physical response to landscape and engage in a dialogue of questions concerned with belonging, rootedness, liminality, and home. The space between us. The said and unsaid.
My work combines private explorations with public discourses that aim to share something of how I view and experience the world around me.
Michelle Keegan, 2011