Visions of a Free-Floating Island:
An Exhibition of Artworks by Hugh Marwood, Shaun Morris & Andrew Smith
15th September – 29th September
Opening Night: Friday 14th September, 19:00-21:00
Surface Gallery is proud to present Visions of a Free-Floating Island, a collaborative exhibition exploring urbanism, confusion, politics, and our reactions to this ever-changing world.
Visions of a Free-Floating Island sees three Midlands-based artists drawing on their everyday experiences and immediate environments to deliver a subjective and bemused ‘State of the Nation Address’.
Morris and Marwood draw heavily on their immediate urban surroundings, be it through Morris’ melancholy painted streets – haunted by parked vehicles and skips, or Marwood’s assemblages – made from cardboard boxes, broken toys and abandoned fridges, salvaged around his own neighbourhood. Meanwhile, Smith investigates the neuroses and stresses of modern life in his sculpture, photography and writings, also referring to possible therapies through large ‘coloured-in’ pieces.
These artists offer no glib answers to a society perplexed by Austerity, Brexit, and knee-jerk politics. They relish the begrimed poetry of contemporary urban streets, and the linkages between external environment, social context, and the mental landscape.
Saturday 22nd September, 14:00 – 15:00
This is an opportunity to meet the artists and to discuss the work on display. Visitors will also be invited to make their own ‘therapeutic colouring-in’ versions of some of the work in the exhibition
Visions of a Free-Floating Island opens in both the Main Gallery and Project Space. As always, there will be a donations bar with ales from local breweries, Springhead and Pheasantry.
Free Entry: Everyone Welcome