The Waiting Rooms Gallery
WAITING, a group show.
Samuel Beer, Kezia Cantwell-Wright, Anton Cataldo, Elinor Evans, Alice Hodgson, Audrey Kirby, Laura Ng, Robert Offord.
18th -November 14th 2004
it seems a little to obvious to theme an exhibition in what used to be
a railway waiting room on the idea of “waiting”, but why not?
Everybody should find something to interest them within this group of
very diverse and exciting artists.
Beer is a folk and blues artist. This is probably the last painting Sam
will ever do, he can physically no longer paint and instead devotes himself
to his successful music career. He feels music is now a much more of a
direct translation of his head, more honest and less clouded and more
accessible to the man on the street. Until recently he has made very vibrant
paintings of the people and things he loves; with his particular view
on the world, the light and dark elements of each painting, and indeed
each song, are put into stark contrast.
Cantwell-Wright is interested in how public works of art can affect social
space; as well as facilitating practical art workshops with children and
other groups, she almost obsessively plans for future large scale pieces
of work. Through very complicated ideas and processes, she creates very
simple geometric structures.
Cataldo paints very precisely and elegantly a wide range of unusual subjects.
The ideas come to him quite randomly and unexpectedly. This is a self-portrait
based on a dream; he does most of his philosophising in the time between
day and night, between sleeping and waking.
Evans paints people dressed as or acting like animals. They are almost
always large and her natural gifts for draftmanship and colour are evident.
Often humorous and cryptic, she draws on ancient myths and folk tales
as well as her own relationships for inspiration. She splits her time
between London, Wales and Spain and has recently won the most promising
artist award at the Royal College of Art.
Hodgson has painted a vast series of miniature portraits, she observes
others and makes judgements about them, just as we all do sitting in a
café such as this. With this self portrait, she wants to put the
viewer in her shoes, “Look at me, what do you see, I can dress up
as whoever I want to be”
Kirby thinks about the secret places, past or present that the mind wanders
to whilst she makes her work. She is interested in how physical involvement
with the environment can affect one’s moods. One of her favourite
pastimes in lying in long grass and I think you can tell her romantic
out look on life from her paintings. Continuing her fascination with the
effect of landscape and time on human nature, she is currently studying
a PhD in Supermarket Design at Central St Martins, and has since
Ng is interested in the suggestiveness of the image and the openness that
surrounds an unknown picture; she is exploring how our imaginations automatically
create a narrative for everything we see, be it in our consciousness,
or our subconscious. She developed these photographs from
Offord works with precision in collage and construction making artworks
that tend to cross boundaries and are hard to pin down. Although a narrative
is often involved in his own thoughts about the work, he sees this as
a completely private, leaving the viewer to take from it whatever they
desire. Neither fully abstract nor easily figurative, not free standing
sculptures or flat graphics either; these objects exist outside of categories.
A series of these unusual images were reproduced as mass-market posters
and have achieved a huge commercial success. In 1991 he founded the London
Gay Men’s Chorus, a singing and performing group that has now become
Europe’s largest gay arts organisation. Robert has also been involved
with the restoration of Broomfield House and this will in the future involve
the Waiting Rooms Gallery.