Open Studio Monday 5 August 2013 – Aspirus 04

Venue: ArtFunkl, 9 Holden Avenue, Whalley Range, Manchester M16 8TA

Artists contributing:

Lisa Gingles (Ireland/Spain)  http://www.lisagingles.com/

Monika Rosen (Canada)  http://monikarosen.com/

Mayo Koide (Japan)  http://www.mayokoide.net/

James Charlton (New Zealand)  http://idot.net.nz/

Satheesh Paul (India/Bahrain)  http://satheeshpaul.com/

The Open Studio for the Aspirus 04 residency showed work by five artists. The work was very diverse, and there was the added fascination of a group show with so many varying ideas on view side by side.

Lisa Gingles (Ireland/Spain) work examines images from dreams and stories. Her illustration style drawings in inks and pencil utilise the structure of vintage books found on her travels as a starting point. Her work contains strong, unavoidable characters, strange hybrid chimera, inexplicable scenarios which are suggestive of an obscure narrative.

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Lisa Gingles

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Lisa Gingles

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Lisa Gingles

Painter Monika Rosen (Canada) constantly works and reworks ways of revealing layers of our psychological condition. She employs techniques which reveal parts and allow other part of a scene to remain hidden, allowing the viewer some leeway in interpretation of her intent. Recently she has been working from photographs taken underwater using the clear/opaque relationship of water to our vision to dictate her direction, and also bringing in qualities of light as a way of coding her representations.

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Monika Rosen

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Monika Rosen

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Monika Rosen

Using everyday or low cost objects which are easily obtainable, Mayo Koide (Japan) interprets the cityscapes or landscapes she observes in her immediate environment as small scale replicas. She uses synthetic materials to create a miniature world which is derived from our environment but in its fabric has an alien, artificial appearance. Parts are connected by coloured threads, or by juxtaposition, in a way which is both mysterious, but also seeming to have its own inherent logic.

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Mayo Koide

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Mayo Koide

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Mayo Koide

The recent work of James Charlton (New Zealand) explores breath as an actuator of form. Breath is treated as an intermodal “gesture” which breaches corporal boundaries. His interest in the intimacy and communality of breathing draws on aspects of Phenomenology and Information Realism to propose an inter-subjective practice, within which the audience is implicated as an agent in a network with digital matter. During his residency James worked on the development of a networked breathing project that allows remote participants to share digital breath.

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James Charlton

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James Charlton

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James Charlton

Colours and paints have been the passion of Satheesh Paul (India/Bahrain) since childhood. His use of geometry and sharp lines creates bold iconic work. Each figurative piece conveys an original narrative with emotionally intense effects. Colours and techniques are regarded as a source of inspiration, a driving force, since he feels that his motivation towards the visual expression of his thought and experience naturally evolves to take the form of his abstract, mostly figurative works.

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Satheesh Paul

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Satheesh Paul

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Satheesh Paul

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