The Structure of Things
Artists: Misa Gott / Vic Wright / Dionne Cole
18 January - 16 February 2019
‘The Structure of Things’ takes inspiration from works by printmaker Misa Gott, sculptor Vic Wright & cut paper ensembles by Dionne Cole. These artists explore a sense of geometry and structure relating to the building blocks of natural things. They translate these through their use of materials into something beautiful & ‘designed’ representing the ephemeral, as though a natural building block were suspended in time and position in the process of becoming.
The making and craft in these works is as important as their configuration and geological interpretation. South London based Misa Gott uses mono printing, imprinting a network of natural shapes and signifiers in a range of pastel hues and colours onto a range of papers from Zerkall to Japanese Midori MD papers, often incorporating printed collage and printing onto layers of transparent papers to create overlaying graphic blocks of colour like the pages of a graphic abstract flower pressing. Contrastingly Manchester based Vic Wright sculpts and shapes cement into finely polished boulders in a range of pigment based finishes with gold leaf and marbling, combining shapes and elements, seeming like exquisite planetoids shaped by the atmosphere. Dionne Cole crafts relief works from cut and folded paper creatively mapping natural elements and patterns.
‘The Structure of Things’ represents an unseen geology, taking the experience of the artist and translating this through materials, shape, colours and graphic connections made between objects and natural building blocks, representing beauty in geometry, balance and natural connections between objects. These artists represent great craftmanship and imagination in the way they work with and apply materials.
Misa’s intricate images are created by collages of block printed shapes and patterns. This is most seen in her works ‘Into the Woods,’ where a monotype print of geographic form is printed onto several layers of Gampi paper to create a floating pattern of forms. The starting point is always her relationship with nature, one that was forged in Japan where the natural world is woven into the fabric of daily life. Instead of Us and Nature there is a real day-to-day sense of Us as Nature. Misa’s works celebrate the elusiveness and transiency of nature; their simplicity belying the complexities involved in their craft and production. They play with the juxtaposition within nature of apparent amorphous randomness and the underlying systems, patterns and rules. The inherent contrasts between randomness and regularities, fluidity and rigidness intrigue her.
Misa is originally from Japan. She worked for financial industry for over 10 years before she returned to study art. She competed MA in Printmaking at Camberwell College of Art in 2013. Misa has shown her work in various group exhibitions in the UK, most recently National Original Print Exhibition. She was an artist in resident at Officina Stamperia Del Notaio in Sicily for July 2018.
Vic Wright fashions exquisite sculptural forms with an explorative approach to her work. Capturing the visual differences between contrasting elements she creates a visual language between materials. Wright’s work references natural forms and she has found influence in how they display beauty in difference. Her interest in using industrial materials creates delicate tactile results. Demonstrated in the use of gold leaf softening the edges of heavy cement bases.
Vic Wright was born in Wigan, Greater Manchester. After completing her Fine Art degree at Humberside University she moved to London where she resided for a number of years. Wright now resides and works in North West England. She has recently had solo exhibitions at Form Lifestyle Store and has recently been featured in ‘Wilma’ editorial journal and ‘Material Source’.
Dionne Cole Imagines the beautiful translucent waters of the Caribbean ocean, the coral reef and the host of wonders which lie beneath, and translates this via the use of delicate geometric folded paper that sit like 3D installations inside carefully crafted frames.
These works are an extension of the artist’s experience in set design to bring her creations into a place where art become geometric form. These beautifully crafted works contain a fluidity, which the artist feels is the essence behind their design. The artist says about her work “The pieces were placed spontaneously, as though they chose where they should go.” “Paper has always been the medium I have been drawn to; its versatility, weight, and accessibility make it perfect for sculpting.’
Dionne Cole studied 3D Design at Camberwell College of Art and has since worked in set design and interior styling for such clients as Elle Decoration magazine and Living etc magazine, alongside developing her own practice.
Image credit: Vic Wright,' Meld 2,' 24k gold leaf, white and black cement with iron, 15 x 12 cm, 2018
Photo credit: Laura Hutchinson