‘Lumen’ Exhibition 2011

'Lumen' Exhibition Sept - Nov 2011, Art, Mannart

Concerned with interior space, habitation and corporeal
This fluidity of illumination is recorded in different ways in this work.

Sean’s prints are composed of forms and spaces that reference Megalithic temples found on the Mediterranean islands of Malta and Gozo together with the remains of World War One sea defences found on the north-east coast at Kilnsea, East Yorkshire.

These places share similarities, remains from a turbulent past, strong connections with the sea, holding forms that had been eroded to create sculptural ghosts, creating dramatic environments naturally.

Some of these spaces are hidden. Some are just off, or under the street. Others are on lonely hillsides. Some have still to be found, whilst others are being reclaimed by the sea. Ancient and modern architecture is juxtaposed and layered endeavouring to create new internal spaces and forms. Light enters these relics and shadows push great masses of concrete and sandstone to and fro,towards and against the tides.

Charlotte uses the fluidity of wire and line to explain the abstract figuration of the body – stripped of identity – The intensity of being undetectable – The form transgressed and transfigured – internal spaces – fragile – revealed (ill) lumen (ated).

We are not… what we imagine…

Sean and Charlotte 2011

Cybercity Exhibition 2010

'Cybercity' Exhibition March - April 2010, Art, Mannart

Habitat has evolved over the last six months to become a shelter from the elements that over time have eroded these large geological fragments brought here by a distant ice age.
Recorded in ink, pencil and paint from isolated locations in Scotland, France and Spain, these monolithic forms cast long shadows and memories. Scarred with marks,signs and measurements of time, ordeals and achievements.
Everyones Habitat experience is different, this one I carry with me.

Cybercity here becomes an energy, a force to release ‘Habitat’ into a virtual space were communication is paramount and the isolation of the cave is a distant thing.

Cybercity is a global language, a dialogue between the physical and virtual Worlds.
Here tall building / tower structures grow and seed like electronic flowers, pollonating cyberspace with light, sound and information.
Hot spots like a telephone box, wired without wires.
Everyones Cybercity experience is different, this one I carry with me.

Wakefield Cybercity 2010 is an innovative multidisciplinary media art project between Wakefield Council, Wakefield College, Hemsworth Arts & Community College, Beam and three German based artists – Graham and Christina Smith and Anja Bardey.
It forms part of the wider trans-national art and public realm project, The Third Eye.

The main idea of the project, The Third Eye, is to connect individuals, institutions and groups from different areas in Europe in an artistic, technological, educational and cultural exchange. Participants come from several school projects in various cities in the Ruhr district in Germany, a three-part project in the City of Wakefield (Wakefield Cybercity 2010) and projects in the Randstad district in the Netherlands.
This exhibition begins to explore ideas relating to this project for the future of Wakefield, both physical and virtual.