‘The Weird and the Eerie’ is a group show of ten artists currently studying at the Slade School of Fine Art. Through themes of nostalgia, illusion and make believe, the pieces shown are both linked and distanced from each other, each artist creating their own imagined parallel universe.
A childish, fantastic and yet not always naively optimistic view of the world flows between the works. Through themes of family, nostalgia, illusion and make believe, the pieces shown are both linked and distanced from each other, each artist creating their own imagined parallel universe. The exhibition brings together sculpture, painting, animation, film, print-making, and drawing, so the vary of materials and scales is playful and absurd.
By using materials, symbolism and figuration, a personal storytelling is developed, a small attempt, perhaps, at envisioning a new world. The outcome of these different creatures and dreamy scenes coexisting together in the space is dizzying and humorous, human and in-human, brutal and soft, anxious and sweet all at once.
In today’s social and political climate there is an understandable desire to return to the imagination, the desire to play, and yet – unable to fully abandon this world – the outcome not entirely utopian. The creation is muddy and often disdainful. Critiquing the present, referencing the past. The longer you melt into those magical realms, the more unsettling they become.
PV / 8th March
Open / 8th – 9th of March