Venue: West Kirby Arts Centre
Dates: 04/05/19 - 02/06/19
Times: 09:00 - 17:00
Private View – Saturday May 4th, 6pm-9pm
Exhibition May 5th – June 2nd. (view by appointment)
Exhibition Title – Fleeting
Venue – West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens, West Kirby, CH48 4EL
This exhibition brings together Road Studio members Jacob Gourley and Louis Jeck Prestidge. Both working side by side in the studio over the past year, they have shared skills and experiences that have developed and encouraged new avenues of investigation within their practices. This has culminated in a collaboration exploring the meaning surrounding narrative in the everyday. Stories that emerge from a series of fleeting moments on public transport and snapshots of famous actors on television. They have each formed a visual language tracing fundamental human concerns through the articulation of the mundane.
Jacob’s practice is largely centred around portraiture, combining a painterly realism with a hard edged abstraction. With areas of illusion aside flat sections of colour, he places his figures in an ambiguous, often surreal pictorial space. Jacob is interested in making the familiar unfamiliar; an ongoing body of work which he has blanket titled ‘Connection’ looks at people on public transport. Acting as a voyeur, through candid photographs and sketches, he attempts to capture people on his journeys. These later become the reference material for his paintings, which each aim to transform a mundane, everyday subject into a surreal, emotionally charged portrait.
Louis Jeck Prestidge appropriates found media clips to form narratives exploring how visual media conveys human emotions. Consisting of paintings of found stills from archive Parkinson interviews Louis investigates the fleeting moments of vulnerability of others we are exposed to. As part of his investigation into personal histories the paintings examine the way television composes a relationship with how we look and how we feel. They are a documentation of staged sensations composed and formulated to interrogate the viewers own behaviour.