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WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL?

A public art exhibition: ‘Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?’ showcases a collection of diverse ways in which a group of upcoming artists envision art in the contemporary world today. This type of exhibition shows how practising artists wishing to become professional artists need to be equipped to deal with a wide range of practical, intellectual, administrative and managerial problems. Rather than simply viewing these considerations as the onerous requirements with being in business, many artists embrace these factors nowadays. They regard them as inter-connected forming a holistic professional whole. This transformation has been paralleled by an unprecedented increase in the number and range of spaces available to exhibit in; from thematic and heavily curated group shows to independently run spaces.

The purpose of the show is to present this analysis to an enduring audience. These locally studied artists from the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham intend to express their encapsulating happenings. By taking into account of past to present, this ex hibition assures explanation of their journeys towards the incessant process of becoming an artist.


GARDEN GALLERY MUSEUM OF FARNHAM 38 WEST STREET FARNHAM SURREY GU9 7DX www.whybehappy.co.uk


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EVE ALLSOP www.eveallsop.com

02

HANNAH DAVIES hmdav1es@hotmail.com

03

EMMA FOSTER emmafoster2@hotmail.co.uk www.ryebrookstudio.wordpress.com

04

CARL GENT carl@carlgent.com www.carlgent.com

05

TIMOTHY HOLT info@timothyholt.co.uk www.timothyholt.co.uk

06

TANSY HUTCHESON-LOVETT www.tansyhutchesonlovett.wordpress.com

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HELEN JARVIS jarvishelen@hotmail.co.uk www.helen-jarvis.co.uk

08

ADAM KELLY akelly89@yahoo.com www.adam-kelly.co.uk

09

BEN MOBBS ben@benmobbs.com www.benmobbs.com

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SALLY MONK smonk2@hotmail.co.uk

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JANET MORTON janetvictoria@sky.com www.janetmorton.co.uk


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KARYS MUNNS 0karys@gmail.com

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LOUISE PATEY pateylouise13@aol.co.uk www.louisepatey.co.uk

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CHRISTOPHER PIKE enquiries@christopher-pike.co.uk www.christopher-pike.co.uk

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PAUL WADDINGTON angelowadd@gmail.com

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FRAN WEBSTER franceswebster@talktalk.net www.franwebster.com


1

EVE ALLSOP Untitled from ‘Left Drinks’ series, 2012 Photographic print Dimensions variable

Eve Allsop’s photographs address the beauty in banality, by

routines and surroundings. The images, captured spontaneously

following the quirky habit of Allsop’s family to leave their drinks

with a low quality camera phone, portray a muffled version of

unfinished. The intention is to focus on details of everyday life

mundane reality, echoing the self-representation, and amateur

which familiarity causes us to overlook, and approach them with

portrait of one's life, that can be so easily constructed and shared

new, endearing fascination, highlighting the deep, comforting

in today's social networking culture.

bonds we form with seemingly insignificant aspects of our daily routines and surroundings. The images, captured spontaneously


2

HANNAH DAVIES ‘T’, 2011 Stop motion animation 9 sec

Hannah Davies has a fascination with altering inanimate objects that appear to be frozen within their internal mapping. Displacing the common object by joining and buckling suggests motion and life within lifeless forms. Such thematic manipulation suspends the piece in time and allows it to merge in and out of substances. Her work arrests the moment and carves the surreal from the everyday.

everyday.


3

EMMA FOSTER ‘Capture Thread’, 2012 Cotton thread and found objects Dimensions variable

Emma Foster’s work references nature and growth, creating the

often overlooked. Foster is currently investigating how the work

impression of something gradually growing and invading space.

becomes an installation and how this affects the scale of the

She is interested in nature attempting to reclaim its place within

work, the space around it and how the viewer interacts and

the

relates with the piece.

urban

environment.

Her

work

comprises

of

delicate,

secretive, pieces which attempt to alter our perception of the world, drawing our attention to the smaller things in life that are

often overlooked. Placed on the floor, the work becomes


4

CARL GENT ‘Fly Zapper Painting #2’, 2012 Oil on board with fly zapper 90 x 130 x 5 cm

Carl Gent’s practise

is centred

upon

various attempts to

meaningfully experience various non-human territories. Often utilising the very specific language of material inherent within certain geological materials, Gent attempts to transport the audience’s position away from the terrain into the prehistoric, the cosmic, the hyper-destructive or simply the terrain of the questioning

the

boundaries

between

art

and

senses;

‘natural’.


5

TIMOTHY HOLT ‘Artefacts #211-215 (Big Foot Toots Small)’, 2012 Modified traffic cones and bicycle horns Dimensions variable

Timothy Holt's work concentrates upon the transformation of

questioning

discarded domestic appliances to create new forms, whilst also

systematically dipping into design. Subsequently his constructed

retaining part of the original object. His playful nature of

series of “artefacts” serve the means for creating an intellect of

naturally

identity, civic, collective...and even personality. The issues

manipulating

these

so-called

purposely

designed

the

addressed

on show closely resemble the “manufacture program” in turn

perceptions of how objects are perceived.

the

boundaries

between

art

and

senses;

the

mechanical

between

devices highlights an embellishment of the everyday. The works questioning

in

boundaries

pieces

art

are

and

used

senses;

to

shape


6

TANSY HUTCHESON-LOVETT ‘Boom and Bust’, 2012 Photographic print 31 x 21 cm

Through layers of fakery and historically-loaded costumes, Tansy

herself completely in control as artist, stylist, model, actress and

Hutcheson-Lovett physically transforms herself into a variety of

photographer. In disguising her own appearance within her

different female characters. Transforming through disguise she

photographs she offers a critique of self-objectification and the

creates surface illusions hiding the person beneath, exploring

way in which sexism continues to aggravate the obsessive

control of self-image in a feminist context. By taking her own

pursuit of the current beauty aesthetic.

photographs using a remote control shutter release, she puts herself completely in control as artist, stylist, model, actress and


7

HELEN JARVIS ‘Halfway’, 2011 Acrylic on canvas 25 x 35 cm

Working from banal spaces encountered everyday, Helen Jarvis

representational; illusionary, functions of painting and the nature

manipulates and abstracts the visual information. Aiming to

of a painting as a flat, fabricated plane. The work seeks to

make the un-romantic mechanisms of image creation self-

intrigue the viewer, creating space to be explored whilst

evident, whilst exploring the idea and process of artistic choice in

simultaneously betraying the reality of the painted surface.

relation to what is seen in a finished composition; Jarvis looks to create

images

which

evoke

the

conflict

between

the

representational; illusionary, functions of painting and the nature


8

ADAM KELLY ‘Untitled’, 2011 Carpet and rope on filing cabinet 113 x 53 x 71 cm

Adam Kelly’s work is accomplished by attempting to fulfil his own

that is in need of resurgence. Kelly works with found objects so

estrangement to his mixed-European heritage, exploring cultural

that they may be placed in a new environment that comments on

boundaries and adopting homelands. Kelly believes the current

their farcical visions as a united and valued labour.

social climate of mass protest and uncertainty is reflective of our nostalgic remembrance, mourning the concept of a once unified state, which has since failed. It has become a distant memory that is in need of resurgence. Kelly works with found objects so


9

BEN MOBBS ‘Evocation’, 2011 Mixed media 100 x 100 x 100 cm

Ben Mobbs is a sound installation artist and musician. He

sense of play, interactivity, and audience involvement is integral

investigates the acoustic nature of everyday environments and

to the work, informed by themes including John Cage’s theories

objects, and ways in which they can be manipulated and

on (the absence of) silence and Yukio Fujimoto’s concept of the

transfigured to appreciate their sonic materiality and musical

listening apparatus. Varyingly he makes use of live audio

qualities. He is fascinated by the sense that the world is deeply

technology, computers, sensors and found object sculpture.

interconnected on a physical level by acoustics. A psychological sense of play, interactivity, and audience involvement is integral


10

SALLY MONK ‘Breathable Layer’, 2012 Cotton and thread Dimensions variable

Sally Monk creates work that is predominantly three-dimensional

referring to the body and draws influences from artist such as

and uses a variety of materials and processes to support and

Hannah Wilke and Louise Bourgeois.

inform her practise. Investigating the physical properties of the human body, the work refers to female sexuality as well as ideas surrounding social and cultural depictions of the body beautiful. Monk

investigates

many

differing

ways

of

symbolizing

or

referring to the body and draws influences from artist such as


11

JANET MORTON ‘Contours 1’, 2011 Metal (mild steel) sheeting 54 x 30 x 50 cm

Janet Morton works with metal. She builds a three-dimensional

weld exploding from a point on the edge highlighting the marks

sculpture from two-dimensional planes. The found metal sheet

made by natural processes. The sculptures were then powder-

had marks on the surface from rain and the contoured shapes

coated.

were based on them. The project was based on the process of melting, using a plasma cutter and a MIG welder. Once cut, the shapes were welded together and the surface shows patterns of made by natural processes. The sculptures were then powder-


12

KARYS MUNNS ‘Illumination’, 2012 Wax with torch Dimensions variable

Proximity to dust is investigated through the architectural forms

through delicate gestures providing an enticing insight into the

where dust gathers, scrutinising what is pushed to the fringes

quiet yet interruptive territory of the discarded.

and drawing from the idea of the fossil.

The work is

Using a moment of

ritualistic, obsessive and immediate, with an absence resonating

illumination, an intimate relationship with the spectator occurs,

through the work that creates preciousness within its intricate

drawing attention to the sublime and fantastical within the

materiality, creating a relic.

monumental trace of our energy spent. The mundane is elevated through delicate gestures providing an enticing insight into the


13

LOUISE PATEY ‘In Between’, 2012 Print on paper 60 x 39 x 15 cm

Our bodies have many components that rely on each other in

herself, and the object of herself. Even though it is an

order to survive. We have a mind, we have blood and we have

exploration of the artist, it is an open gesture to enquire about

skin. We have all the fluids and thoughts that belong and are

one’s own body and who they are.

embodied within it. Through the work, Louise Patey explores the body, but in a sense, an investigation of her body; curiosity, inevitability of isolation, fears, thoughts, feelings; the subject of herself, and the object of herself. Even though it is an


14

CHRISTOPHER PIKE ‘Functionally Inept’, 2010 Breezeblock and cast wheels 28 x 40 x 21 cm

Christopher Pike is primarily involved in the exploration of site-

visual seam between existing architectural features and Pike’s

specificity within the context of both external and internal

work regularly become a visual tool for the audience to

architectural spaces, often leading Pike to create manipulated,

distinguish

investigative and absurd architectural constructions, spaces and

constructions are therefore not always just sculptural objects but

interventions that simultaneously sets out and transgresses the

re-constructed spaces that attempt to highlight the significance

visual boundaries between art and architecture. The idea of the

of specific architectural spaces.

visual seam between existing architectural features and Pike’s

the

work

from

surrounding

architecture.

Pikes


15

PAUL WADDINGTON ‘An Original View of Farnham’, 2008 Film 12 min

Paul Waddington heightens our awareness of forms, colours and

struggle to recognise some focal point to determine their position

sounds that surround us in our everyday life as we go about our

relative to the familiarity of the subject.

day to day business. Using both forward and circular motion these are then bonded together to form a geometrical tapestry of Farnham. Disorientation is another inference often used in Waddington’s work that can churn the viewer’s stomach as they struggle to recognise some focal point to determine their position


16

FRAN WEBSTER ‘Insomniac Perambulation’, 2011 Pen and ink printed onto canvas 51 x 77 cm

Drawing herself to sleep, Fran Webster began to fight insomnia

viewer. She continues to explore with drawing on the printed

by doodling into scribbles in a sketchbook. A fascinating world of

image and putting these visual stories into colour.

bizarre creatures began to arrive. Night after night more of this fantasy opened up to her. The work has its roots in the Surrealist practise of automatic drawing, resulting in a humour of quirky oddities. Webster’s main desire is to amuse and delight the viewer. She continues to explore with drawing on the printed


Exhibition Address

Curators

GARDEN GALLERY

EMMA FOSTER

MUSEUM OF FARNHAM

TIMOTHY HOLT

38 WEST STREET

JANET MORTON

FARNHAM

CHRISTOPHER PIKE

SURREY Curatorial Assistants

GU9 7DX

EVE ALLSOP Exhibition Dates TH

FRIDAY 6

HANNAH DAVIES

APRIL

– MONDAY 9

TH

APRIL 2012

CARL GENT TANSY HUTCHESON-LOVETT HELEN JARVIS

Private View

ADAM KELLY

THURSDAY 5TH APRIL 2012

BEN MOBBS

19:00 – 21:00

SALLY MONK KARYS MUNNS

Opening Times THURSDAY – TUESDAY 09:00 – 17:00 SUNDAY 12:00 – 16:00

LOUISE PATEY PAUL WADDINGTON FRAN WEBSTER Website and Graphic Design TIMOTHY HOLT

Admission FREE

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