Ancient Stones, Pierced Forms, Superheroes, and the Art of Illusion
Announcing the July Exhibition at . signifier . six . shot . gallery .
David Thomas on ‘Gogarth’
Living near the Great Orme, walking and cycling over and around it on countless occasions has developed an affinity for this lump of rock. It is one of the very distinctive landmarks of the North Wales landscape. A self-contained world. The contrasting topography of gentle grazing with sheer cliffs and complex geology. Its rich history dates back to the Bronze Age, contrasting with the modern additions of a cable tram, chair lift…
Signifier’s Six Shot is a new online gallery that showcases just six images by each artist. These images are linked in an understandable way — perhaps from the same project, series or dealing with related subjects. They may be linked by aesthetics, techniques, processes, philosophies, formal or conceptual elements. The accompanying statement by the artist may not necessarily explain the work but will help build a deeper and more meaningful engagement with it.
Recently published in Signifier:
The Hole Story
The Pierced Form is a strange term for the lovely curves in many of the rounded sculptures which surround negative space, in the form of a hole, as developed in Barbara Hepworth’s transitional works. Yet it emphasises the revolutionary nature of her exploration of ‘space contained within form’ in this manner. For western art, it was a pioneering development which influenced her contemporary Henry Moore as well as future generations of sculptors...
Humans have a deep urge to tell stories. More like a necessity. It seems we have always used storytelling to explore the nature of our being and to record the wisdom found during those explorations. As soon as we could make marks, we also used visual means to give our stories some sort of visual form outside of the imaginary. Here, we will consider a few examples of pre-historic and ancient narrative art in the context of our modern graphic storytelling that led to comic books and cinema…
Op or Pop?
Op Art is often presented as a ‘sub-plot’ in the development of Pop Art. As well as the similar sounding labels, this alignment arose mainly because both styles caught the public imagination around the mid-twentieth-century and entered the wider cultural arena together. Also, both offer a non-elitist primary experience to the viewer, who need not have much of a critical and contextual understanding of art to get an immediate ‘pay-off’…
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