Over long careers, artists often return to the same themes and concepts – the sum of each day’s work and each day’s experience adding to each new incarnation as perspectives, experience and working methods evolve.
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’ 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.
A leitmotif in music develops and repeats in different forms throughout a song. 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, an 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.