So last minute crammming once again to get new works finished for new exhibition next week. It's dirty. It's pretty. It's a thing. It's called Dirty Pretty Things...we're very witty. Here's a smorgasbord of blurb including where to find us and the thinking behind it, feast your attention span on this:
D I R T Y P R E T T Y T H I N G S
12th November –
23rd November 2012 The Spa Bridlington | South Marine Drive
| Bridlington | East Riding of Yorkshire | YO15 1EA
in a lyrical web of themes in an exhibition of mixed media and multi narrative artworks,
exploring innocence and experience, from two of Yorkshire’s freshest
contemporary female artists.
'Kaboom', oils and mixed media on canvas, Rhea Sherriff Hammond, 2012.
year on and Rhea Sherriff-Hammond
and Leanne Broadbentunite once
again to trounce their highly successful show ‘Malice In Wonderland’, by
bringing us ‘Dirty Pretty Things’, (The Spa Bridlington, 12th – 23rd
November 2012, www.thespabridlington.com ). As a collection of works, Dirty Pretty Things explores the
contrasts and parallels of innocence and experience. The really terrifying
thing about innocence, about newness, about immaculate linens and impeccable
reputations, is their volatility. The fear that one day, it just won’t be like
that anymore; a let-down may not be imminent, but is to be expected at some
point. Precariously balanced on a knife’s edge, one mistake and its identity is
shattered. It becomes sullied; the stained tablecloth, the scuffed knees under
the pretty party dress, the kid that found the lighter, the innocent prank that
went wrong, the shadows after the bed time story.
influence from children’s folklore and fairy stories, contemporary consumer
culture, cartoons and concepts of sullied innocence, Rhea and Leanne explore
common childhood fears, feelings and fantasies, juxtaposing salvaged fabrics, and
threads with realist oils, acrylics, household paints and sketching, to create
a mixed media exhibition that is engaging, entertaining and lyrically
Part 1: I asked the right questions too early and got scared...
I know nothing about science that
reaches beyond the first page of my iodine stained GCSE text book. I was an
arty/musical kid, but at school I was ‘top streamed’ in the sciences. I
realised that if I re-worded textbook paragraphs cleverly, neatly, illustrations
an’ all, I could spin off ‘A’s really easily. I could regurgitate theories. But
I didn’t get it! And I still don’t. Guess I’m not wired that way, just couldn’t
grasp the theories, like science dyslexia of sorts, same with Mathematics. It
all seemed so definitive, so...learned. Chemistry was the worst, periodical
tables appeared like a pretty embroidered sampler, I was looking at the charts
like some sort of symbiotic code, or hieroglyphs, recognising shape but not
I was enthusiastic though, I
questioned ‘why?’ ‘Why this letter, why did they choose this why this structure,
what’s its implication?’ Question, after, question, after question, my
curiosity was never satisfied. An annoying precocious brat most probably, I
wanted answers before I learned the underpinning theories, I was impatient. Inevitably,
when dealing with the teaching and learning of sciences, especially biology and
Chemistry, the more the question ‘why?’ is asked, the closer you become as a
teacher to explaining the beginning of all life itself, Darwin and therefore
how this contradicts with religion and the suggestion that there is no purpose
or meaning to life. What?? Woah. I wished I hadn’t asked.
These are huge concepts for a
young child to understand theoretically and grasp emotionally. I switched off.
I bailed. I wasn’t ready for the epic stuff! I asked the right questions too
early and got scared. Yup, I’m a wimp. So, my flirtation with science ended and
my love affair with art began...
Art and science seem like
opposites in one sense; Art is expressive, emotive, decorative, or conceptual.
Conversely, science is fundamentally finite (with infinite applications),
logical, ordered, practical, functional.
Or so I thought. But the more I
study art, the more I see parallels with Science. The one main, glaringly
obvious one being that ultimately, both are about creation; Creation as an act in itself (Art), or in Science, the
study of creation. In art, we appreciate the results of an artist’s creation;
in Science with appreciate the blue prints and principles of creation itself.
In art, as artists, we are the
instigator of the event, the creator; we play the role of a micro-god, existing
in the microcosm of our studios or the art world. Essentially, whether we’re
aware of it or not, we’re mimicking the macrocosm: our experience of the world,
and doing it in a very personal, human
way. Always have done. Expressively, with emotion, with a sensitive regard for
aesthetics (or not), highlighting beauty or grotesquery’s, abstract or literal.
From the Lascaux cave paintings to Emin and Hirst.
Scientists are the students of
nature. They aren’t the instigator of the event, in the same way artists are. They
study an event: the model of nature, concepts and systems of creation. They
dissect, analyse, finalise, create rules, formulas and boundaries and only
then, do they choose to instigate an event. Again, their creation mimics
natural phenomena, but they aim to mimic it from not from an
emotional/subjective/personal perspective as an artist does, but from a
collective perspective and abiding by their carefully assembled rules eg.
Telephones mimic natural communication and amplification. Computers mimic
brains, and so on...
I’ve got so much more to say on
this, but I fear this is becoming a bit of a self indulgent thought stream, and
besides, I’ve a painting to finish. Ironically, one that’s been carefully
planned, boundaries pencilled in, measurements taken, experiments and trials
done. There’s art in science and there’s science
Gardeners, chefs, dancers, actors,
musicians etc are all artists and scientists. And Leonardo Da Vinci- ‘nuf said.
"The relation of art and
science is a relation of opposites. The purpose of art
is: from feeling to get to truth. The purpose of science is: from truth to get
to feeling or emotion. But they are about the same thing, with different
We all have compulsions and we
all have rules. The two co-exist. Opposites attract. Yes. Like the cat and