‘Fabric’ by Charlotte Prior
October 1 @ 10:30 am - October 31 @ 4:30 pmFree
A warm welcome for her second exhibition in our Gallery to Charlotte Prior. Charlotte’s exhibition is titled ‘Fabric’ and shows textiles consisting of 2-D and 3-D work on this theme.
Inspired by the use of colour, Charlotte has been drawn to the work of Mark Rothko and Expressionism. Textiles become both the palette and the canvas, creating slabs of colour.
About the Artist
Charlotte is Influenced by the writing of Susan Sontag and is drawn to the relationship between the theory and practise of art and design. By examining the world around us and observing how this translates through the lens of a camera, her work is based around photography, and constructed textiles, capturing the textured world.
Having studied Textile Design at Chelsea College of Art and Design, Charlotte has chosen to use photography and textiles as a medium for exploring the visual identity of texture.
Everyday objects, stillness and movement, the world inside and out have become themes central to her work.
‘On Photography’ by Susan Sontag. 1977.
‘From being ‘out there’, the world comes to be ‘inside’ photographs.’
‘Work! Intoxication! Brain racking! Chewing, eating, gorging, rooting up! Rapturous birth pangs! Jabbing of the brush, preferably right through the canvas. Trampling on paint tubes…’ (Max Pechstein, 1920)
On Mark Rothko
‘I am for the simple expression of complex thoughts’ (Rothko)
‘Photographed images do not seem to be statements about the world so much as pieces of it, miniatures of reality that anyone can make or acquire.
Photographs, which fiddle with the scale of the world, themselves get reduced, blown up, cropped, retouched, doctored, tricked out. They age, plagued by the usual ills of paper objects; they disappear; they become valuable, and get bought and sold; they are reproduced. Photographs, which package the world, seem to invite packaging. They are stuck in albums, framed and set on tables, tacked on walls, projected as slides. Newspapers and magazines feature them; cops alphabetize them; museums exhibit them; publishers compile them.’ (Susan Sontag)
Ways of Seeing
‘It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words but words can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled.’(John Berger)