Over long careers, artists often return to the same themes and concepts - the sum of each days work and each day's experience adding to each new incarnation as perspectives, experience and even working methods change and evolve.
So too with our gallery programme - we have explored before the notion of flux, the idea that 'no man can step into the same river twice - for he is not the same man, and it is not the same river'. This is equally true for both artist and viewer. The joy of revisiting a particular work of art, or a particular artist or series can be in each new appreciation as the story continues to unfold.
Inspired by new additions to the seminal and iconic 'Structure of Thought' series by Doug & Mike Starn, we will look at each of our gallery artists and examine in turn the recurring themes and variations that can be seen from the very beginning of long careers to the present day. So much of contemporary art is about the cult of the new - our interest is to take in the longer view; to reach a deeper understanding of where each artist is now, by considering where they have been.
The definition of a leitmotif in music is that it develops and repeats in different forms. Here too with each artist we see familiar themes dance in and out of view, constantly moving and changing, always evolving yet clearly from the same source.
Returning to a particular subject again and again can become a meditation - each time you will notice what is the same, but perhaps more - what is different. We are pleased to announce the opening of Leitmotif, a curated gallery exhibition that explores this notion further in the work of Garry Fabian Miller, Doug & Mike Starn, Ian McKeever, Bill Armstrong, Malick Sidibé, Stephen Inggs and Pascal Kern.
This will be a starting point for a series of new releases in the coming months, as we take an overview of each artist, examining the unique leitmotifs that can be seen throughout their work. These will be sent out to all of our current mailing list subscribers.
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