5 Shows, 2013

Something that this space, 30 Upstairs, can do with great success is bring together a group of artists for one show. Think back to our first hanging, a year ago, when Mal had assigned a different artist per room from his personal collection. Each work existing within it’s own space, accomplishing it’s own intentions whilst still functioning with subtle connectedness to works in the next doorless space.

On Thursday evening we opened 5 shows. The artist’s had spent the previous bank holiday weekend meticulously measuring, tirelessly taping and speedily syncing to showcase their recent works. The hand picked selection of artists chosen for their adaptable and dynamic practise display strong pieces that complement the allocated rooms.

A Thin Thread 2013, a 5 channel film work by Mike Heynes flickers in the darkened quarters of the black room.  Stacked on stiff shelves sits five televisions each portraying scenes created with miniature models. Heynes, often concerned with consumer culture, offers is an exceptional example of fusing installation with film for this show.

Antony Densham’s detailed drawings seem dust like against his black backgrounds. Gental yet driven with definitive lines, Densham’s works encompass a kind of lightness that make it hard to decipher if he is removing or adding colour. Beautiful chalk like creases combined with geometric elements encourage a lyrical relationship between linear and otherwise.

Brenda Sullivan’s wall painting appears to perform two roles in this exhibition. The first, to transform the space, through taking notes and tonal values from the located environment  Her painted square sits not quite central, not quite between the frames, almost vibrating between the confines of the formal cues. Sullivan successfully sprawls across varied surfaces highlighting the difficulty of the room. Her clean, flat, simple approach acts like a cleanser for this group show refreshing our eyes for the next portion.

David Brown exercises many talents in his three works. A true multi-disciplinary artist Brown delivers with spectacular style with a combination of paint, print and installation. Taught twine takes over the corner room, dramatically dividing the space. Hairy and heavy his chosen material rebells against flush fixed angels.

Glen Snow, a favourite at 30 Upstairs for some time, has eight works on display. Plywood painted, peeled and pressed with pink putty these works are oozing with sensual stickiness. Carved and cut the square surfaces include printing techniques to repeat the hand-cut shapes. Generous amounts of materials gloop outside of the square frame and gather on corners, quite amazing.

On until 29 June, this is a must see.

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