Following on from the opening of PSW the project space in the foyer of our new studios building, the Rum Factory we are busy programming the two month period in which Bow Arts artists were invited to make proposals and make use of the space before it starts to run for both internal and external use. Updates to follow!
concepts in painting. Both artists engage in similar concerns within their practice but set about
exploring them in different ways. They deal with paintings as objects in space, highlighting the
importance of the materials used and the processes considered.
Evans' abstract, post-minimalist pieces do not represent but become objects in themselves. The
paintings are placed into spaces to have a dialogue with an audience and with each other. It is
within the space that this narrative takes place. McManus presents works that engage with the
materiality of paint alongside digital processes. The painted virtual spaces underpin a more formal
investigation of an abstract pictorial space.
The decision-making and differing approaches to engaging with the physical qualities of the
medium is apparent in both works. Evans uses various devices and tools to apply paint to the
canvas whereas, McManus uses digital technology to assist and manipulate ideas within the
Both artists convey the transformative nature of painting through surface, light and setting. An
illusion of surface is created either through a build-up of layers varying in colour or through
translucent washes of paint on perspex and aluminium. This representation of luminosity is integral
to both artists’ works. Neither are concerned with documenting an illusion of a light source from
outside the picture plane, instead they present a light that appears to radiate from behind.
'one to eight' is the result of a six month period, demonstrating ideas and visual conversations that
took place between the artists.
An artists talk is planned to take place on Monday 10th at 7pm with Talks and Events manager, Jessica Rutterford from Flowers Gallery