The Trophy Room – Aftertaste
Preview – Thursday 4th May, 18:00 – 20:30
Open via appointment 5th – 28th May
The Trophy Room is pleased to present Aftertaste. A group exhibition featuring works by Juliet Fleming, Kieran Leach and Robyn Nichol curated by Hannah Tolmie.
‘Have faith in your own bad taste’ – John Waters
Aftertaste seeks to ask the audience to question to what constitutes bad taste through the presentation of the artists work, involving themes of saturation and play.
Fleming is Co-Founder and Director of M I L K Collective, an artist-led collective based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne aiming to provide a platform for emerging artists to exhibit.
Juliet Fleming is an artist living and working in Newcastle. Fleming’s work seeks to question stereotyping, particularly in class & taste, gender, over-indulgence and self-indulgence, often through wordplay. Fleming often makes work in response to online articles and the work that is produced can be read as a physical embodiment of her feelings of uneasiness in a patriarchal dominated society.
Kieran Leach’s work explores the culture of the everyday, online and art world. Which are abstracted, condensed and often satirised; reflecting the aesthetic impact and pervasive reach of digital technology. From playful sculptural forms to modified ready-mades, his work employs bold aesthetics informed by conceptual rigour and with a dash of humour thrown into the mix.
Based in Manchester, Leach’s recent exhibitions include Stick or Twist, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester; Concrete Picnic, Camp and Furnace, Liverpool: Companions, The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool. He was also shown by Castlefield Gallery at The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester (2016).
Robyn Nichol is an artist based in Lancaster, who focusses on themes of heritage, identity, locality and industry. She aims to capture a sense of Northern identity. Focussed upon Yorkshire’s historical textile industry and the artists’ family background, Nichol questions the relevance of historical identity in contemporary society using her experiences and identity to influence her practice.
Curator – Hannah Tolmie
Hannah Tolmie is an artist based in Liverpool and a studio member at The Royal Standard. Her practice explores ideas of taste and the superficial façade, using methods of seduction and distraction. These ideas are explored through the consideration of an object’s perceived value of attraction and satisfaction. Tolmie has recently worked as a Curatorial Trainee at the Liverpool Biennial and also as an artist assistant for Mette Sterre.