GET REAL Exhibition of work by Caroline Le Vine & Gail Reid
February 25, 2021 @ 11:00 am - March 23, 2021 @ 5:00 pm
2 Artists. 2 Styles of work.
The connection? Disruption with kindness; radicalism of the heart.
‘Shoulds’ fit no-one – we find places for the REAL – real bodies, real emotions, real responses, real connections.
Reid represents real life, drawn to how light falls on, shines through, and bounces off the world around us. Not working to a pristine finish, she leaves expressive traces of process. For Reid, objectification – and its insidious consequence, cosmetic ‘enhancement’ – fuel our dissatisfaction with the perfectly imperfect human form. Having lived abroad, she is proud that British culture has a reasonably high tolerance for the naked figure in art (which cannot be taken for granted), but Reid would like to see more diversity in this genre; as a challenge to societal conditioning in favour of stereotypes, and as a message of solidarity with the vast majority who don’t conform!
Non-objective artist Le Vine works intuitively, trying to trust her subconscious; a quietly rebellious act in a world which values the rational above everything. She rarely understands the work until after it’s complete – sometimes long after. She seeks to draw out the reality of her inner world; bringing the subconscious into awareness. She believes it is this – rather than superficiality – that genuinely connects us, even when that reality isn’t yet capable of being articulated.
Neither artist wants to toe any line without reflection. Both eschew prevailing narratives around what it means to be acceptable (the right physical shape, the right amount of emotion, the right style, the need to fix what lies beyond our understanding), preferring to give space to what IS.
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