SYSON Gallery's 'Strange Business'; a short review

SYSON Gallery is one of our creative city's most unique and least traditional gallery spaces, and this week we took a trip to see our lovely neighbour and the current exhibition, 'Strange Business' 

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'Strange Business' "features works using a traditional yet versatile type of painting, which is often overlooked or perceived as old fashioned. Watercolours in this exhibition comprise studies of opacity and transparency, and explore colour saturation, site specificity, found objects and sculptural forms." - Syson Gallery.

The work itself is varied and does indeed show the versatility of the medium, with light and contemplated pieces juxtaposed with colourful, more expressive works. SYSON Gallery's weathered and aged yet familiar spaces allow the viewer to almost stumble across this themselves, with both experimental and delicate watercolours found hung and spread across walls, above fireplaces and in corners of rooms in a considered manner. Each artist's work individually either compliments or challenges the surrounding space, with a concoction of colours, textures, lines and loose contexts. 

The artist's compelling responses to the theme provide an intriguing exhibition, and one that fulfills and utilises both the medium and space in a thoughtful way.

The exhibition is running at SYSON until the 19th September, one not to miss.

Surface will reopening its doors after a short break (involving lots of prepping, painting, exhibition-visiting and tea-drinking) in between exhibitions, for Eks'Vee, where we will be hosting Nottingham Trent's MA Photography students in a group exhibition. So come and visit both our neighbours and us, Eks'Vee's private view is on the 19th September, 6pm - 8pm.


Written by Megan Bonser, work by artists at SYSON Gallery.