Stour Valley Arts has selected the artists showing work over the next six months as part of its new series of Microshows curated within Stour Valley Arts’ Cornershop, Unit 3, Park Mall, Ashford, Kent. Of the six Microshows, one is currently on show with three more to come.

 

We Are Oak Wood Passage 9-29 March
We Are Oak Wood Passage – Greig Burgoyne, Andrew Kotting, Eden Kotting and Jim Roseveare

 

The work in this show should be read as a collaborative installation as opposed to the hanging of four separate artists. Place might be seen as an umbilical chord that connects the four artists, both literally and metaphorically. They share the same studio but there is a dialogue happening and of course there are always underlying tensions.

 

Greig Burgoyne (image above) makes drawing installations that unite endurance led drawing processes with repetition and accumulation. For Burgoyne these gestures seek to present a notional body that proposes alternative spaces that both critiques and assists in our rapport with place – posing questions of nature as both a boundless sense of mental space alongside the physical experience of containment.

 

Eden Kotting‘s recent drawings and paintings explore the Jack-in-the-Green character and also pagan belief systems. Her father Andrew Kotting has been collaborating with her this year on a series of collages using photographs taken from an early 16mm film called HububintheBaobabs. They explore the Straw Bear creature from Northamptonshire folklore and transpose it to the forests of Madagascar.

 

Jim Roseveare‘s recent practice is a development of work shown at  Cornershop in 2013. Concrete wall plaques play with ideas of construction and deconstruction, form and function, the urban and the rural , referencing our comprehension of the natural world. His work, Back Woods connects to several of the themes in HububintheBaobabs by playing with the archetypes of folklore.

 

Whilst landscape and the great-out-of-doors might be seen as something that underpins the artists various practices, other common themes appear, including the abstraction of nature, the layering and sculpting of sound and image from the natural world, as well as drawing as a notional body where gestures generate new spaces.

 

 

Fieldworks 2-12 April – Elizabeth Jardine, William Lake, Tom Macarte, Megan Roberts, Megan Shanks

 

Five artists explore humankind’s interaction, commoditisation and exploitation of landscape and our evolving notions of wilderness and ecology in the Anthropocene epoch.

 

Fieldworks includes William Lake’s interdisciplinary arts practice with a bias towards sculpture. Lake (image above) uses a diverse range of materials and processes for creative research at the intersection of geology, science and socio-geographical issues. He is interested in the giant Earth forces which sculpt the topology and appearance of the planet, and the frisson created by our relationship with it.