Heathen Threshold
(with Sarah Dwyer, Tim Parr, Rui Matsunaga and Ruth Uglow)
July 7 - Aug 23, 2008

Curated by Gretta Sarfaty Marchant

In an era dominated by rationalism and scientific modernity, the artists in Heathen Threshold reclaim forbidden knowledge to see the world through the illumination of shamanism, animism, folklore, fables and ancient mythologies. Through dreaming reverie, they seek to re-possess the terrain and unearth strange and microscopic encounters coalescing with heathen passages, where individuals worship forbidden old divinities in wastelands and wild places. What they each share is an emotive connection to nature, where they find wonder, magic and romantic trancendence.

Ruth Uglow's aquatints investigate the mechanics of organic life, as a magnified sensual experience, capturing the animation of organic forms that she immerses herself within. She depicts her experience as though she were entering an inner world or cavity inside the belly of the earth, revealing her fascination with hybridization, fertility and explosive growth.
 

Sarah Dwyer: Employing a gamut of painterly techniques the paintings deal with the tension between nature, artifice and the imaginary, particularly in relation to personal tracings of landscape and memory. Curious encounters are mapped out via a dreaming reverie, conjuring up a language of the unconcious on the surface of the canvas, she allows the terrain to be re-possed.

 

Rui Matsunga: Rui Matsunaga sources figurative imagery from magazines, the Internet and photography for paintings. Drawing inspiration from Manga (Japanese cartoon and comics) and ancient mythology she exaggerates the tension between reality and fiction to transmute figures into shamans, witches, nympths and oracles existing in an otherworld of the magical and spiritual. In an increasingly technologised era contemporary and ancient mythologies blur in and out of existence which Matsunaga captures in her paintings so that we can contemplate our multi-dimensional and shifting realities.

   

Tim Parr : Tim Parr's hyper-real paintings combine beautifully observed deatils from the natural world with fantastic events. Parr's paintings draw upon mythological characters, to which our responses swing between delight and horror. Often set at night, in semi-rural, semi urban settings like Hampstead Heath, Parr creates an alarming atmosphere in which imagination reigns, and the rules of reason is suspended

   

Ruth Uglow's aquatints investigate the mechanics of organic life, as a magnified sensual experience, capturing the animation of organic forms that she immerses herself within. She depicts her experience as though she were entering an inner world or cavity inside the belly of the earth, revealing her fascination with hybridization, fertility and explosive growth.





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