Dark Matter

Dark Matter

6 February - 1 March 2014

During these Winter days, jaggedart draws together an exhibition of inspiring and beautiful works which respond to nature and notions of memory.

Lynn Dennison - Jason Hicklin - Tom Henderson - Brenda Hoffman - Stuart Redler - Rachel Shaw Ashton - Patricia Swannell

Lynn Dennison creates installations with bright digital projections which glide over the sculptural forms of paper dresses. Woodland landscapes are cut into and collaged. Lynn explores the decorative, symbolic and emotional qualities of clothing and its powers to attract, disguise and defend. Her paper sculptures are inspired by personal memories as well as more universal experiences of fate, fortune and change. Overlapping branches appear like lace and paperchains of little girls dance around the hems of the skirts. There is an element of the surreal as trees grow from inside vacant garments, in place of the wearer. Translucent paper and wire court shoes, are embellished with scales, like the shoes for a mermaid, she could never wear. Lynn is a finalist in 'Sculpture Shock ' at the Royal British Society of Sculptors 2014.

Jason Hicklin depicts rugged landscapes where the wind and the tide carve the landscape. Jason draws with graphite on paper, with the dark sweeping appearance of charcoal sketches. The marks evoke the pull of the tide or a torrent of wind through these majestic landscapes. Jason uses an infinite vocabulary of grey to describe these desolate and stony places. Sketching on site, Jason captures the last moments of daylight or with the half light of dawn and these drawings become the source material for the large graphite drawings and prints created in his studio. Jason studied at Central St. Martin's College of Art where he was a student of the renowned printmaker, Norman Ackroyd. He was elected Member Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (R.E.) in 1993. Jason has been the Head of Printmaking at City & Guilds London Art School since 1999.

Tom Henderson’s wall based sculptures have taken a new direction as undulating lines break the hard reflection of highly polished panels or the unremitting flatness of the sandblasted surfaces. Painterly concerns of composition, texture, light and tone are always evident, but Tom’s media and techniques are unconventional. Where the sections of Perspex meet, intense colour runs along the edges and is absorbed through body of the panel. Tom’s leans towards greater symmetry is his work, these works marry a sense of harmony with an exciting unpredictability. A surplus of edges, corners, layers and veiled forms contribute to assemblages that tease the eye and please the mind. Tom studied in Newcastle and lives and works in France and has exhibited with jaggedart since 2006.

Brenda Hoffman’s enigmatic photographs of the Delta del Tigre, are where Brenda spent her childhood. Revisiting the River Plata, in person, sailing up the river, or visiting vicariously through these photographs, she describes the river Plata opening haunting memories. ‘I find the smell of my ghosts and the weight of absence. The muddy water goes moving on and on until everything disappears, except the stars.’ Brenda’s photographs have a painterly and calligraphic quality. Some high in contrast, some landscapes hardly visible through the mist, light saturates the prints. The edges of the images bleed in to the white paper so that the landscape appears to emerge directly from the page. Grasses and reeds distended in the reflection of water, the fog gently reveals the ground beneath it while the bright winter light flares through the trees, and glances off waves. Brenda Hoffman was born in 1975 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she lives and works in Paris. In 2003 Brenda obtained the Paris Youth Adventures scholarship, funded by the city of Paris. In 2010, she was awarded 1st Prize at the Festival Photo Saint-Germain-des-Pres. Her work is in the collection of the Museo de Arte Tigre, Buenos Aires

Stuart Redler’s bold and beautiful photographs exhibited in Dark Matter are from his recent photographic excursion to Myanmar. Stuart’s photographs show a brooding natural world, rather than the postcard exoticism of Burma. A dead tree that has spent its whole life in the wind, leans to the right of the print. The tree looms over The Road to Mandlerlay, the 700 km river stret