Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

ACERONE – Where Is Iron John?

October 15, 2012

Thanks to everybody who has taken the time out to take in the Acerone solo show – Where is Iron John?, at the Rag Factory over the last 4 days.

The remaining work from the show is now available on-line at Art-el, and don’t forget Art-el is a member of the Own Art interest free loan scheme.  Please contact Art-el for further details.

Here are a few photos for those who couldn’t get there (shame on you!)

 

 

 

 

For the full photo set please visit http://www.flickr.com/photos/27892381@N04/sets/72157631760388509/

Acerone (Luke Palmer) solo show – Where Is Iron John?

September 25, 2012

Art-el Gallery is delighted to announce the first solo London exhibition from one of Bristol’s most exciting young visual artists to have emerged from the street art scene, Acerone (Luke Palmer).

Entitled ‘Where is Iron John?‘, Palmer’s new body of work depicts images from his exploration of masculinity and the transition into manhood, inspired, informed and twisted from the iconic Grimm BrothersDer Eisenhans’ fairy tale and it’s unique review through folklore and mythology by Robert Bly.

From innovative photo-shoots Palmer reveals some of London’s most classical statues and sculptures that evoke personal representations of the fragility, serenity and the complexity of modern masculinity and its links to the male of yesteryear.  Blended with images depicting the pace and expectation of inner-city modernity, double exposure images are replayed in paint and print creating works that are anchored in history whilst emphasising the pressure on the modern male.

“Art-el Gallery is proud to represent Luke’s work in his principal London exhibition. His shows in Bristol have attracted a diverse range of admirers and collectors and we are delighted to have the pleasure to bring this work to the capital”. 

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

The Scottish writer and activist Alistair McIntosh once told me ‘It’s tough to be a young man in this world’ and he was right.

Images of adult manhood given to us by popular culture and mass media appear worn out. The right man, the tough man, the true man, all of which have been force fed to us since birth and are neither accurate nor relevant to the real life of a modern male.

When I recently became a father, my preconceptions of what it meant to be a man were flipped upside down. I found that the irreversible transition between boyhood and manhood had begun and with guidance from a long forgotten fairy tale, my most recent work explores key moments from what is perhaps the most challenging and turbulent time in any man’s life.

The collection of work comprises paintings that juxtapose imagery of London streets and statues of immortalised heroes, double exposure photography and installations that use images of light and death as an allegory for change.  ‘Where is Iron John?’ is a visual representation of a young man dissecting masculinity whilst negotiating the complexities of modern life in the inner city.

BIOGRAPHY

Acerone’s (Luke Palmer) paintings have been exhibited in a number of group and solo shows in his hometown of Bristol, as well as on streets and abandoned buildings in the UK and beyond since the mid 90’s. His recent gallery works are an accumulation of 17 years’ operating as a graffiti artist with the internationally recognised TCF Crew, whilst working as a freelance photographer and lecturer at the City of Bristol College. Blending together experimental photographic techniques, bursts of light and paint, Palmer’s innovative paintings capture the energy and vibrancy of his street based murals directly onto canvas.

Palmer’s mural work can be seen adorning walls in and around the streets of Bristol as well as in many esteemed public institutions and private collections such as the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery, the Tobacco Factory Theatre and the new M-Shed Museum in the regenerated docks area of Bristol.

He has exhibited in two solo shows; ‘Call to Adventure’ at the Colston Hall, Bristol (2010) and ‘Photographiti’ at Friend & Co Gallery (2009) as well as numerous group shows including ‘See no Evil’ the ‘Weapon of Choice’ pop-up gallery (2011), ‘Crimes of Passion’ at the Royal West of England Academy (2009), and he also co-curated ‘Distance Travelled’ & ‘Triple Drop’ at the Centrespace Gallery in 2010 and 2009 respectively.

In 2009 Palmer was the recipient of the first prize award in the ‘Bristol: A Second Look’ photography competition for his unique take on portraying the atmosphere of the city in a single image.

Palmer’s 2011 joint commission with illustrator Andy Council, for the City of Bristol’s flagship ‘People’s Museum’ M-Shed, was critically acclaimed by James Lachno in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper, who commented:

‘If a centerpiece exists then it is ‘Window on Bristol’, a huge graffiti-esque picture of Bristol’s buildings as a looming, luminous dinosaur arching over the M-Shed itself, by artists Andy Council and Luke Palmer.

With thanks to Bristol Beer Factory who will be providing the opening night refreshments.

Bristol Biennial @ The College

June 5, 2012

The College threw open it’s doors on Friday night as part of the Bristol Biennial (1st – 16th June).

It was a hugely busy and succesful night attracting artists and the local community who took great pleasure in the vast array of art work and creativeness that was on offer, enjoyed walking the art and sculpture trail and then relaxed to the sounds of Yaffle and Insomniac Jack.

This work can continue to be seen throughout the 16 days of the Biennial, but in order to take in the whole event it is best to save your visit for a Thursday, Friday or Saturday as this is when Art-el Gallery and Kathy Hindes, 1000 birds sound and visual installation are also available to view.

Here is a little run thorugh & visual sample of what you can expect to see.

Explore the College site via the art and sculpture trial, there are maps and information available in the main exhibition space.

‘Hedgehog’ by Paul Green, resident of The College Project

‘Argon Bird’ by Boswell

In the main exhibition space there is a group exhibition of work from from the amazing and talented residents of the college, including sculpture by Pete Mountain, Matthew Billington and Lillith C Green life drawing by Colin Stevens (who also runs classes at the college), photography by Joe Clarke & Ashley Clarke and Stefanie Dring and painting by Kerry Day.

The Main Exhibition Space.

In addition there is a solo photography exhibition by Matt Smith (Mattko), 30 photographs both digital and exposed print each telling it’s own story called ….

Open Thursday & Friday 11:30 to 17:30 and Saturday 12:00 to 16:30 is a sound and visual installation by Kathy Hinde and Matthew Fairclough.  Many of the 1000 paper cranes used in this exhibit have been made by the local community.

One Thousand Birds installation by Kathy Hinde & Matthew Fairclough

Also available to view on the same days and during the same hours is the Erms solo show ‘Everything Begins With An E’ in the Art-el Gallery.

ERMS solo show @ Art-el Gallery

The shows own blog and further pictures coming here soon.

So come down and check this out for yourself soon, it an amazing place and there is much going on.

And finally a huge thanks to all those who made this event possible, you all know who you are.  BIG LOVE X

Paris Burning

March 6, 2012

What would you do with a matt black cast iron fireplace from the 1890’s – commission Paris to paint it of course!

WOWZERS!

And a massive thanks to photgrapher extraordinaire Joe Clarke, check out more of his shutter wizardry here http://www.joe-clarke.com.

‘GREAT BIRDS OF THE BRITISH ISLES’ SUMMER EXHIBITION – 16th to 24th July

July 12, 2011

The Birds are back for their summer exhibition.  If you have have been to a Great Birds show in the past  you’ll know what a treat there is in store, if not you need to go check out what you’ve been missing.

The birds have been working exceptionally hard over the last few months to bring you, fresh and exciting new work and we really do think that this will be the biggest and best show yet, so go show the birds some love.

 PRIVATE VIEW FRIDAY 15th JULY 7pm TILL LATE at

 The Upper gallery,

The Island,

Bridewell St,

Bristol, BS1 2LE.

The exhibition will then run from 16th – 24th July

12-7pm daily

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Great Birds of the British Isles are four female artists,

Milk, K148, Dora and Amour currently living and working in Bristol, England.

They bring site-specific beautification, to exhibition spaces and disused shops, the diamonds in the rough.


The collective formed in 2009.  Working closely together incorporating their visuals and individual styles,

whilst all concentrating on their own creations – their delusions of grandeur, in the feathered revolution.

The birds combine paintings, prints and photography, with their use of colour, form and essence, allowing the viewer to find each space unique.  

Spreading their wings, dropping their liquid styles onto the walls and floors. Decorating, and simplifying, all in one stroke.

 ‘a rebel dove declares its love’