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FOCUS: Stove Members Exhibition Opening Evening
August 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
An exhibition of new work by Stove members.
FOCUS features a mixture of photography, film and installation that explores portraiture, the face and relationships with works by Kirstin McEwan, Brian Kirkpatrick, Andrea Rašponić and Kyna Hodges.
The exhibition will be open to view 10am-5pm from 16th August to 23rd August, excluding Sunday.
There will be an opening evening on Thursday the 16th from 6-8pm, which is open to everyone. Refreshments will be provided.
About the Artists:
Kurt Cobain’s death and war in Yugoslavia are the background of my birth. After writing my first story I decided to become a writer (still didn’t publish anything). At the age of 16, theatre became my obsession. At the age of 18, cheap wine and romances. By the time I turned 22, the number of my heart being broken exceeded the number of exams I passed. This exhibition is made of different methods I used to cope with that fact (and with the fact that people who broke my heart still walked on this planet. W**kers). I invite you to bring all the memorabilia that remind you of your ex lovers so you could try out some of these methods, and finally – let him/her/them go. With a smile on your face.
For my exhibition space I have created three artworks which incorporate my love of film, photography and music.
The theme of my exhibition is faces and in particular the way that the face can sometimes act as a mask hiding true emotion.
Each installation tells the story of a particular face and the emotion that is hiding behind the mask.
After living in Edinburgh for four years, I moved back to my home town to establish myself as a professional photographer, spending most of the past two years shooting events and live music concerts, as well as weddings, portraits and festivals.
This group of portraits tells the story of young, creative individuals living and working in Dumfries. Through these images, I have been able to explore place and identity and use photography to document a person’s relationship with and connection to Dumfries.
I investigate versions of reality, through an exploration of our relationship with materials, technology and each other.
Utilising the senses I aim to provide a space that both challenges and enables a rethinking of entrenched beliefs and patterns of thought and behaviour; a space that connects to, and has the potential for, creating new narratives.
My projects share an intertwining theme; the intent to explore novel ways of forging new and more hopeful narratives for a more humane and sustainable future. This usually consists of three elements: photography, sculpture and connection/collaboration. This is either combined into one project or addressed separately. More specifically I work with one of the oldest photographic processes called wet plate collodion, there are many reasons I am interested in this process; Slow and physical in its creation, each image is unique. It shows the movement of chemicals across a metal plate, and the environment it was taken in. imperfect and lasting it is the antithesis of the ‘selfie’ and consumerist culture.