December 2002 5 January 2003
brings together five artists who investigate the idea of the representational
and how we understand reality. Ranging from the historical convention
of the still life - paintings of sardines, herring and mackerel
through to photographic based image and text works, REALLY presents
a snapshot of the current state of the artist and audiences
encounters with reality through painting, printing and photography.
PAUL MURPHY'S photographs examine the scenes and words that we
already carry round with us. Like the detective returning to the scene
of the crime, the images direct us to the evidence that was under
our noses all along.
JAMES PAYNE'S latest piece of work is neither a photograph,
a print, nor a painting, yet incorporates all of these disciplines.
It is a process done in different stages with the starting point a
photograph of a formal garden. The image is changed through several
stages, digital manipulation, screen-printing, and painting.
ANDY SWANI paints sardines. Working with one eye on the fish
in front of him and the other on the historical past and conventions,
the fish series recalls the magical ability of paint to simultaneously
show us the world while simply remaining no more than coloured pigment
on a piece of board.
CAROL ANN WINGRAVE'S photographs of blind windows are a remnant
of the window tax, they exist merely to enliven blank areas of wall,
in some cases a trompe loeil effect was even created to give
an added illusion. They give no clue as to their history and offer
no view from the inside and no view from the outside.
YOLANDA ZAPATERRA'S series of photographs of prostitutes in
Nice speaks of surveillance and the policing of desire. Looming out
of the darkness of Nices main drag, shadowy portraits of the
girls and their clients emerge.