In The End We Are All Alone
17 March – 22 April 2016
Curated by Becca Pelly-Fry and Jason Colchin-Carter
“We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.”
― Orson Welles
This group of artists, represented by IP Arts, come together for a show that explores the nature of humanity and the eternal search for meaning in our daily lives.
Show ends on Thursday 21th April at 5pm.
Bartholomew Beal’s brightly coloured figurative works are full of melancholy, often showing lone figures lost in contemplation, fractured and broken somehow. Sad-faced clowns, broken-spirited characters from King Lear, homeless wanderers – they occupy a limbo-land with no fixed place or time.
Paul Benney, as Rachel Campbell-Johnston so beautifully describes, “paints figures which, while their meanings can never quite be fixed, embody some sense of our spiritual quest. Benney shows us our lives as they balance on that fragile boundary between the perfectly ordinary and the profoundly otherworldly. He seeks to capture that mystery which redeems us from the mundane.”
Jimin Chae, a Korean artist currently working between Seoul, London and New York, creates largely formal compositions with figurative elements. Flat, bright colour planes contain elements of interior architecture and figures – each image a collage of glimpses, layers of realities held together in a careful balance, yet disconnected and surreal.
Guy Haddon-Grant graduated from Camberwell with a BA in Drawing, although he primarily considers himself a sculptor. His work is an exploration of the human form, referencing everything from the very early expressions of human experience in cave drawings, to the contemporary figurative work of Jenny Saville and Gehard Demetz.
Guillemette Monchy, based in Paris, makes mixed media drawings containing fragments of the real world, representing spaces that oscillate between fiction and reality. Monchy’s imagery is taken partly from photographs and the internet, but also her own memories, dreams and visions. Her work speaks to the complexity of human experience.
Dorte Kloppenborg-Skrumsager’s immaculately polished bronze sculptures ooze impossibly from their pedestals, gleaming temptations that seduce and delight. Dorte’s practice works with our human search for meaning and belonging. Our search for a true identity and the feelings associated with this task, such as the feeling of authenticity.