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Elle Anderson, Riley Claxton, Justine Giles, Alexa Mickell: Hunter Dreamer Stranger Thief

February 6, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - February 24, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

Elle Anderson, Riley Claxton, Justine Giles, Alexa Mickell: Hunter Dreamer Stranger Thief

6 – 24 February

Opening in the Main Gallery

Saturday 6 February, 2 – 3.30pm

 

Themes of space and time, the ghostly, the dreamlike and the poetic criss-cross throughout Hunter Dreamer Stranger Thief and create parallel lines of investigation. The works of Anderson, Claxton, Giles and Mickell encompass a range of mediums including photography, installation, and drawing. Each artist follows a different trajectory, yet common elements have created a web of interconnectedness between their art practices.

The words Hunter Dreamer Stranger Thief roll off the tongue like an incantation, or a chant to accompany a schoolyard game evoking predictions of the future. The archetypes seem distinct: the Hunter is searching for something, the Dreamer explores fantasy, the Stranger is the outsider looking in, and the Thief takes while no-one notices. Though each archetype carries its own connotations, they all emanate a contradictory aura of both the poetic and the everyday. Looking closer, each of the characters relies upon the traits of the others: the Stranger benefits from the Dreamer’s optimism, the Thief requires the Hunter’s prowess, we are never just the one thing.

 

Artist Bios:

Elle Anderson is a multimedia artist working with photography, printmaking and installation. Her recent exhibitions include Thinking Of Place at Depot Artspace and Adaption at Warwick Henderson Gallery. Anderson is a 2015 graduate of the Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design MFA programme. Her work seeks to disrupt traditional expectations of botanical imagery and create a new conversation about our perceptions of those familiar plants that surround us.

Riley Claxton works primarily as a photographer, he is interested in the ways a camera can re-frame the world through enhancement or distortion for closer scrutiny. He recently won the Barfoot and Thompson Prize at the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards at Sanderson Contemporary. Riley is a 2015 graduate of the Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design MFA programme. His work can be viewed here: rileyclaxton.com and here: rileyclaxtonmfa.wordpress.com

Justine Giles gained her MFA with First Class Honours at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design in 2015. Her art practice incorporates primarily drawing, watercolour and found object artworks. Her work is concerned with the themes of trace and potential, the literary, and text as image. Justine Giles’ website: justinegiles.wordpress.com

Alexa Mickell works with photography and moving image. She recently showed at the Glaister Ennor Graduate Art Awards at Sanderson Contemporary where she won the Special Prize selected by the Glaister Ennor staff. Mickell graduated from Whitecliffe College of Arts & Design in 2015, gaining an MFA with First Class Honours.

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Start:
February 6, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
End:
February 24, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
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Venue

Main Gallery