Stephen Haley, Tony Lloyd, David Ralph, Camilaa Tadich and Darren Wardle
Exhibition Opens: Saturday 23rd September, 2pm-5pm
Telaesthesia, or perception at a distance, a term once outside the domain of rational discourse, is an increasingly appropriate way to characterize how artists understand and see the interconnected world. Where once they had no choice but to work directly from life, now, images from around the globe, across the universe and from simulated worlds, stream into their studios. Drawing on an expanded world view, artists incorporate this technological extra sensory perception into their work, infusing their imagery with the aura of our digitally augmented reality.
This exhibition at Hill Smith Gallery explores the theme of Telaesthesia through the works of five painters, Stephen Haley, Tony Lloyd, David Ralph, Camilla Tadich and Darren Wardle. Digital technology plays a critical part in all of their practices. For them photography, video, Photoshop, 3D design and the many world views of the internet have replaced the sketchbook as the starting point of painting. These painters could be categorised as representational or realist but the interesting question is, which reality are they representing?
Together with their shared interest in exploring the mediated world, these artists also celebrate the physicality of paint. They experiment with Paint’s ability to depict convincingly while at the same time making a feature of its malleability; for these five artists the surface of the painting is a crucial aspect of the artwork as object.
Tues: By appointment, Wed- Fri : 10am - 5.00pm, Sat : 2pm – 5pm