Friday, 3 June 2011
SMILE ...Julie Arkell and others
Last weekend I got to see the SMILE exhibition at the Harley Gallery in Welbeck, North Notts. The exhibition comprises work by 13 artists linked by the word SMILE. Simple, quirky, fun, delightful.
The pieces explore the Britsh love of humour and hark back to earlier times, long ago holidays and the humour of everyday life.
I took lots of pictures and thought I'd share some of my favourites with you in a bid to make you smile
Jo Lawrence's glove puppets
Lucy Casson - great use of found objects and wonderfully ill proportioned mini installations
Great use of an old chair leg and a jelly mould - I may never throw anything away again!
Janet Bolton - Embroidery and collage now inspiring her 3 dimensional pieces of work
Oop - having checked the catalogue the polar bear should be standing...
Julie Arkell - her work this time being of individuals or "family groups" ready to "smile" for the camera.
Love the little gallery and promptly used the inspiration to come home and frame up some of my bits and pieces in long forsaken frames which Ipick up at car boots - I knew they'd come in useful.
Abbott and Ellwood - some of you may already be familiar with their enamelled steel brooches often of figues, animals and birds. Using similar techniques tehy are now incorporating found objects into their larger pieces.
Finally one of my faves - "Lost Adults"
The exhibition closes on 5th June. Hope you enjoyed this little skip around.
Did you have a favourite?
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As the optician would say - better this way, or that way?