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JOYRIDE

 

JOYRIDE: Bethany Costerd, Sarah Louise Hawkins and Daniel Newsham

Private View: Feb 08, 6 -8pm / open until 22 Feb by appointment.

Joyride is a new  exhibition featuring new works by artists Bethany Costerd, Sarah Louise Hawkins and Daniel Newsham.

Diverse disciplines and varied perspectives converge, showcasing a shared interest in methodical, repetitive processes and a visual relationship of bold compositions of vibrant colour palettes. The methodical making manifests itself in almost dizzying works, full of movement and kinetic energy. Whether the medium be ceramic sculpture, oil painting or ink drawing, this collection of work falls somewhere between spontaneous gesture and a measured systematic repetition, resulting in works which deliver an immediate impact whilst simultaneously calling for a slower, extended contemplation.

 

Bethany Costerd creates ceramic sculptures which are influenced by her insatiable desire to build large structures. However, lacking structural integrity, the work becomes precarious in its ‘temporary’ approach to support. This insatiability also becomes suppressed by the slow medium of ceramics, a frustration she likens to a childhood desire to build her own theme park; impatiently drawing and building structures that inevitably lay unfinished.

Sarah Louise Hawkins makes abstract compositions based on the systematic repetition in grid patterns, geometric shapes, repeated lines and colour combinations. A series of delicate drawings comprising a continuous line of tiny dashes and dots randomly snake their way across the paper and from one drawing to the next. Her painted wall reliefs stretch and flatten solid shapes within space whilst the patterns on their surface bring about an optical experience, playing with the viewer’s perception and creating a constantly changing composition within their line of sight.

Daniel Newsham is a painter and printmaker. His current practice explores the material and accretive processes of painting.