Thursday, 8 August 2013

Rotation, New Court Gallery, Repton, Derbyshire

Rotation (rəʊˈteɪʃən) 
— n
The act of rotating; rotary motion
(Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition 2009)

New Court Gallery is delighted to host a solo exhibition of new artworks by Louisa Chambers. For this exhibition the artist has set up imaginary points of reference from inside of the picture frame right to the centre of the gallery space, linking painted surface with sculptural objects and its surroundings. Expanding the dictionary’s definition further, into astronomical terms, Rotation, can be understood as the Earth's path around the sun controlled by a gravitational pull. Similar to the arrangement within the gallery space, points can be navigated outside the white cube, where forms revolve in the everyday, suggesting that larger forces are at play.

The geometric patterns and structural forms that feature in the paintings originate from architectural sources and diagrams used in scientific and mathematical educational manuals. These shapes and silhouettes have been assembled in the artworks into anthropomorphic forms that teeter between abstraction and figuration. Flat three-dimensional shapes are dispersed around the gallery space acting as playful interactions with the paintings. Formal concerns that extend between the 3D object flipping to the materiality of the 2D painted surface refer to the artist’s on going experimentation in the notions of painting.

Louisa Chambers graduated with an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art (2005-2007) and a BA (Hons) Fine Art with first class honours at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham (2002-2005). Selected exhibitions include: Discernible, Zeitgeist Arts Projects, London (2013), Flatland, Blyth Gallery, London (2012) Needle’s Eye, BayArt Gallery, Cardiff and Transition Gallery, London (2012). Chambers was a finalist in the Zeitgeist Open 2012, selected in 2010 and 2009 for the Salon Art Prize, Matt Roberts Art, and John Moores 25 at Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool in 2008. She is currently Artist-in-Residence at Repton School, Derbyshire.

Exhibition Dates: 21st September-19th October
Private View: Friday 20th September, 6-9 pm

New Court Gallery, Burton Road, Repton, Derbyshire DE65 6FH
The gallery is open Monday-Wednesday, 12-4pm or by appointment only

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