Thursday, May 16, 2013

Surf's Up

Okay! The onslaught of me being like "come see my show!" begins now! Don't all get too excited! And yeah, I know it's still in a good couple of weeks, but this is so important to me and I'm really gonna make sure to get the word out the best way I know how which is writing here I guess. Right now I'm also releasing my artist statement so you can have a read! See below:

Minna Gilligan's most recent body of work cites the Beach Boys song Feel Flows, from their 1971 album Surf's Up. Feel Flows was recorded with a reverse echo, and unlike their other recordings, has a sinister, haunting reverie that lingers long after the last reverb of the line: "White hot glistening shadowy flows".

Gilligan's large scale paintings, on found bed-sheets and fabric, resonate and resound with similar echos. The work is full with lust, longing, and painterly psychedelia. They are the artist's imagined extracts of time, particularly the yellowed, sun-drenched '60s and '70s, spliced together to create new composites. The paintings bear an eerie, almost imperceptible trace of bodies that long ago slept on the very sheets now serving as canvas surface. Through the artist as a medium come psychic re-imaginings of a time-warped past in which universal 'feel' can ebb and flow.

Minna Gilligan works primarily with painting, drawing and collage. Her practice speaks of fleeting, personal encounters with the past and present, and manifests in a tumultuous reconciliation of both. Her works are playgrounds of colour, often inhabited by lone protagonists trapped in states of longing, sadness or exhalation.

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I'm pretty excited to be able to talk more publicly about stuff and begin to tell everyone about what I've been working so hard on the past couple of months! Yay! Also when I feel stressed or busy I just start daydreaming about the exciting dress I'm going to buy for the opening night and how I'm going to have my hair etc. I find that stuff so fun and relaxing to think about. Broadsheet have kindly featured my show on their site so you can check that out there, too, incase I haven't rambled enough:

And, keep in mind that Pamela - the band consisting of Georgie Glanville, Jon Campbell and myself - will be performing at 3.30pm, Saturday the 8th of June as a part of the opening celebrations! Don't miss out we are practicing a new special song yeah! ;)

1 comment:

  1. Wish I was I was able to see this show in person... sounds amazing!! xxx