WHY BE HAPPYWHEN 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 exhibition 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
6th April – 9th April 2012
5th April 2012; 19:00 - 21:00
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Website design by Timothy Holt.
Eve Allsop's intentions are to focus on details of everyday life which familiarity causes us to overlook, and approach them with new, endearing fascination.
Hannah Davies alters inanimate objects that appear to be frozen by joining and buckling suggesting motion and life within these lifeless forms.N/A
Emma Foster's work references nature and growth, creating the impression of something gradually growing and invading space.www.ryebrookstudio.wordpress.com
Carl Gent’s practice is centred around the artist's personal attempts to meaningfully experience various non-human territories.www.carlgent.com
Timothy Holt's work concentrates upon the transformation of discarded domestic appliances to create new forms, whilst also retaining part of the original object.www.timothyholt.co.uk
Through layers of fakery and historically-loaded costumes, Tansy Hutcheson-Lovett physically transforms herself into a variety of different female characters.
Working from banal spaces encountered everyday, Helen Jarvis manipulates and abstracts the visual information.www.helen-jarvis.co.uk
Adam Kelly’s work is accomplished by attempting to fulfil his own estrangement to his mixed-European heritage, exploring cultural boundaries and adopting homelands.www.adam-kelly.co.uk
Ben Mobbs is a sound installation artist and musician. He investigates the acoustic nature of everyday environments and objects, and ways in which they can be manipulated.www.benmobbs.com
Sally Monk creates work that is predominantly three-dimensional and uses a variety of materials and processes to support and inform her practise.N/A
Janet Morton works with contrasting materials, both permanent and impermanent. She uses ideas with repeating patterns to build a three-dimensional structure from two-dimensional shapes.www.janetmorton.co.uk
Karys Munns' work is ritualistic, obsessive and immediate, with an absence resonating through the work that creates preciousness within its intricate materiality, creating a relic.N/A
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.www.louisepatey.co.uk
Christopher Pike is primarily involved in the exploration of site-specificity within the context of both external and internal architectural spaces.www.christopher-pike.co.uk
Paul Waddington heightens our awareness of forms, colours and sounds that surround us in our everyday life as we go about our day to day business.N/A
Fran Webster’s main desire is to amuse and delight the viewer. She continues to explore with drawing on the printed image and putting these visual stories into colour.N/A