Art Systems Wickham
with Alison Smith and Caelli-Jo Brooker
18 – 27 November 2016
Turning Over features new work by three Newcastle based artists Caelli Jo Brooker, Alison Smith and Ahn Wells, whose recent explorations into sculpture, photo media and painting have prompted the group to exhibit together.
The exhibition’s title references multiple thematic aspects of the work for exhibition through evoking the turn from day to night, and from two to three dimensions, as well as the shift towards spherical structures, diurnal cycles and expanded scales of focus.Turning Over also represents the amount of both calendar time and conceptual time it takes for artists to develop and to find their own visual voices.
Caelli Jo Brooker has re-purposed fabric from discarded garments to build dimensional work that examines aspects of personal and public creation and consumption. This shifted material focus embodies a conceptual and processual consciousness of revolving purpose, production, use, and disposal.
Alison Smith returns to a long-time interest in the ephemeral nature of scaffolding and it’s inherent qualities of mysterious promise. These new photo media works explore an extra dimension, representing a shift from a local to a global perspective.
Ahn Wells continues to produce works which are influenced by her interests in repetition, order/disorder, surface manipulation and pattern formation. These new works have developed from exploring the abstract patterns of plants and gardens at night. Seduced by the dark shadows, shapes and muted tones, Wells has found her new obsession.
ART: Lyrical link
In an energetic show at Art Systems Wickham Turning Over combines the lyrical abstract paintings of Ahn Wells with Alison Smith’s digital constructions of a planetary city and Caelli Jo Brooker’s large fabric ball. There is an unplanned collusion between the works where each is linked to the other by a common sensibility in addition to the interweaving of materials and line. Until November 27.