Tobi Deeson, Debbie Lawson, Lee Maelzer and Jo Wilmot. The show explores man's interaction with the contemporary world, looking at humdrum consumerism, perceived social status, abuse and relationships in our apocalyptic times.
Tobi Deeson, Debbie Lawson, Lee Maelzer and Jo Wilmot
Arboreal explores man’s interaction with the contemporary world, looking at humdrum consumerism, perceived social status, abuse and relationships in our apocalyptic times. Humans are absent, their presence embossed through the use of structures, materials and the juxtaposition of the organic and synthetic.
Arboreal is not only concerned with the physicality and strength of the organic form but also how it can represent a deconstruction of the mind, a direct contrast when laid next to the formalities of the manmade world. A battle can begin.
Tobi Deeson plays on the promise of nature, presenting delicate flowers which on closer inspection are fake; mass produced from cheap bed sheets. Clearly referencing family history and personal relationships but avoiding sentimentality and narcissism, his work instead evokes a cultural memory in a bed sheet, and a reminder that it is the shared personal and practical details of everyday life lived, in which social life, change and personal endurance are found.
Debbie Lawson uses cheap wooden panels, which she treats with the utmost respect. Working with the wood’s natural beauty she carves and inlays fabrics and stained wood, giving the pieces a new lease of life. Often using wolves as protagonists, her panels resemble episodes in a picaresque tale exploring the psychological landscape of the domestic interior.
Lee Maelzer’s paintings explore contrasting representations of the apocalyptic sublime and the ordinary. They are filled with portent; describing with a certain amount of tenderness the fine line between everyday life and the end of the world.
Jo Wilmot’s practice is concerned with the failure of perceived luxury to create paradise. Her dystopian paintings refer to the failure of expectation and explore the idea of fractured pleasure. In such environments architecture is used as a starting point for controlling emotions. Packed full of painterly devices, including drips and smears, the works are unsettling and claustrophobic.
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