Peter Abrahams, Carol Jane Mancke, Stuart Mayes, and Donald Urquhart
5th August - 28th August 2011
Carol Jane Mancke exhibits Carbon Carats, a glowing m2 window installation of gold-leafed coal, preserved forever in cast acrylic.
“The unique character of the m2 Gallery has given me the opportunity to experiment with a different kind of work. Up to now my focus has been exploring the performative possibilities of places and situations… Clearly the space constraints and configuration of the m2 Gallery prevent direct physical interaction with the work so I followed my interest in the light transmitting and excluding qualities of the materials I used for these objects. In researching the history of Lancashire, and its role as the home of the industrial revolution in Britain, I began to think about using fossil fuels as materials for art work. If the materials of everyday life, including those used by artists, are available for our use only through the burning of fossil fuels then perhaps by using fuels directly as material I might contribute to a more vital awareness of our relationship to limited resources.”
Peter Abrahams is showing one large-scale digital pigment photographic print at a time from his 2011 Low Level Matter series. The photographs will be changed at intervals over the duration of the exhibition.
“These images are part of a wider enquiry into low-level matter. They fit within the modern and early modern genre of still-life, lending permanence to the most disposable substance and giving sparkling newness to the most obsolete materials. It’s a sort of alchemical up-ending of hierarchies, even a conversion of the toxic to the delicious.”
Donald Urquhart shows IN OUT, an installation of four 210 x 148 mm framed and glazed unique digital prints.
“The work is a visual examination of the concept from Physics, that ‘energy in equals energy out’, with the format of the work relating to the endless circularity of that notion. The work references the natural world through the artist’s imagery of Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most dramatic examples of the release of kinetic energy.”
Stuart Mayes presents Go-Go,
“Like all the greatest disco dancers Go-Go uses little energy to maximum effect. Resting by day, coming to life at night Go-Go brings the urban landscape to life with a sense of style and panache. Slowly spinning mirror balls send myriad flashes of sparkling light gyrating around the gallery and across the street. With city streets twinkling away who could resist the invitation to boogie on home. So leave those cars on the drive-ways and hit the streets…”