Artist in Residence (2014-15)

Artist in Residence: (2014-15)


David Gleeson

‘Tell all the truth but tell it slant,’ Emily Dickinson 

My work is representational and is mostly a slow and thoughtful process. All that I do is grounded in observation which I try to combine with ideas, symbols, narrative, conjecture… In my work I try to look again at the everyday, a world that is barely glimpsed and often overlooked.  There is a bit of mystery, alchemy even, in the craft of painting. Working for long periods on a piece creates an internal tension on one hand and silence on the other. A silence that makes the works immensely contemplative. I prefer there to be a story that is not fully explained. I like the idea that the viewer can complete the story. During the process of development I do a lot of putting in and taking out, so the narrative is constantly changing, which keeps me intrigued.

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Simon Francis

The subject matter of Simon’s two dimensional imagery is about what makes us human.  Our experience of opticality associates strongly with our emotions, memory, cognitive abilities and perceptions in a multi linked process.  Simon’s belief is that the image plays a role of initiating that process and also maintaining communication.
Memory is one human property that Simon finds intriguing.  Memories have a baggage of information and emotions which play a part in determining our values and behaviour.  They become ghosts in our present and we have a relationship with them whether we like it or not.  Simon has made one particular series of digital imagery which dwells upon that relationship.  The information is obscure, the perception confusing but general and intriguing enough that we can associate with the imagery even on a personal level.
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 Jain McKaynew

Jain McKays

Jain McKays current practice dissects human behavior, looking at personal actions that reflect global actions, how behavior can seem individual but is totally predictable. How a narrative can be used to highlight common threads and engage people in conversations with the work.  Using autobiographical themes and disclosure this is expressed through a number of techniques including large drawings, books, interactions, interventions, web sites and events to play with and manipulate behavior in order for it to be exposed.