breakwell - alison mercer - melissa robertson - ben smith - jane ward
October – 4th November
Gallery, 70 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8QZ
Mon-Sat 1-6pm Closed Sundays
Hill British Rail/Oval tube then Bus 36 or 436
Or buses 12, 35, 45, 171, 176 or 345
SHOW, an eclectic mix of responses to contemporary stimuli:
BREAKWELL'S haunting work takes in the fields of book illustration,
collage, experimental photography and fanzines. Deeply influenced
by the DiY ethos of punk she tries to juxtapose the unexpected.
MERCER'S ceramics explore how historical events are portrayed in the
objects we bring into our homes. Currently her work is a timely focus
on issues of war and remembrance.
ROBERTSON'S biological abstractions are the springboard for her visual
experimentation. One can witness the creative process in her pieces
as they seem to grow mark by mark, becoming alive with movement.
WARD'S impressionistic landscape paintings, in which the central motif
is unpicked and left blank, address the slippage between our physical
environment and human memory, at the same time as exploring the tension
between the 2d object and the 3d image within painting.
SMITH'S recasting of the familiar South London environment in bold
pop colours comments on the stylised nature of all forms of ‘realistic'
representation, asserting their status as constructed images rather
than reflective simulacra.