26th November 2007
Ferreira Projects in Shoreditch, London has launched an exhibition titled 'PURE'; an exhibition series of contemporary art, that showcases art in its purest form; art where the prominence is given to the aesthetic rather than the theoretic, the experiential rather than the conceptual and play before pretension. These exhibitions aim to provide highly accessible, contemporary work, which the widest possible audience can appreciate, engage with and enjoy.
RYAN McCLELLAND, 2007 - Relief print on Japanese paper 125 x 90cm
McClelland has exhibited internationally, since 2002, including shows such as, The New Radicals, Galleri Sigma, Sweden 2002, Coect, The Victoria & Albert Museum 2005, New News From Nowhere, William Morris Museum 2006, Pinocchio Related, Academia de Venica, Venice 2006, Urban Monsters, Boston USA 2007, ZOO Art Fair, Royal Academy of Art 2007.
Abandon – Secrets Series - SHONA DAVIES, 2007 - Aquatint etching 20 x 20cm
Red Square II - LESLEY DAVY, 2006 - Etching with blind embossing 14.5 x 21.5cm
The series consists of five, media based, exhibitions; PURE_printmaking, PURE_drawing+illustration, PURE_painting, PURE_photography and PURE_mixed media, each featuring a different group of talented emerging artists.
The series offers an opportunity for artists to focus their energies on formal and visual considerations, to engage and experiment with their chosen media and take a step back from a conceptual standpoint. The exhibitions similarly allow the viewer the chance to rely on their own aesthetic judgement or taste when considering the work, by shifting the emphasis away from the concept.
For PURE_printmaking, the first in the series, participating artists Shona Davies, Lesley Davy, Francisco Lobo, Ryan McClelland, Mathew Newton and Shawn Stucky, have fully exploited the numerous forms of printmaking. The result is an eclectic exhibition of etchings, composite silk-screens, graphic woodcuts and intricate lithographs, in editions no higher than 20.
The exhibition is a provocative assemblage of work, which celebrates the multifariousness of print and its ability to mediate the energy of the mark. Each artist utilises; light, form, colour, scale, mark-making, construction and craft to introduce the viewer to their own unique aesthetic world; collectively, however, the image they print is of universal anxiety in a postmodern dystopia.
Viewing times are 07 December - 05 January, Monday - Saturday 10.00 – 18.00.