OPEN 2015 Exhibition – Winner Announced!
Tuesday 26 May, 2015
Quay Arts’ OPEN 2015 Exhibition preview and prize giving saw over 100 visitors to The West Gallery on Saturday 23rd May.
One artist was selected from the Open 2015 exhibition for a solo show in Quay Arts’ West Gallery for 2017. The solo exhibition will include curatorial input, mentoring, marketing and installation support.
The selectors were; Dr Rachel Flynn, Exhibitions & Collections Coordinator, Dimbola Museum & Galleries; Nigel George, Eccleston George Public Artist and Quay Arts Trustee; Georgia Newman, Visual Arts Project Manager, Quay Arts.
Ventnor-based artist, Joanna Kori was selected as the winner for Quay Arts’ Open 2015 Exhibition. Joanna recently returned to the Island after moving away as a child. Working as a mixed media artist and interactive instructional designer, she also provides adult, community and school workshops as a learning consultant for Jerwood Gallery, Hastings. Her works are in public and private collections.
Joanna’s work focuses on drawings and constructions. Her constructions in particular allude to the culture of domestic routine and the rituals of hospitality. They engage the still-life tradition from a contemporary feminine perspective.
For the Quay Arts Open, Joanna submitted a collection of casts/sculptures called Vessels made from gum-strip paper and linseed oil representing contemporary domestic tools and objects. They are housed in two display units with the gum-strip pieces inside, which emphasise the archaeological feel of the work. The casts’ fragmented states suggests a kind of archaeology and piecing together of domestic activity from a bygone era, yet the casts are based on current-day implements. Joanna finds the domestic environments that women have historically occupied are rapidly disappearing, as women’s primary place has moved from home to the workplace and today’s kitchens being redesigned into shiny, empty, light-reflective environments.
In Joanna’s previous work, using gum-strip paper coated in linseed oil, she constructs an empathetic study of domestic scenes and objects that opens a lived space between self and world. Using invisible thread, domestic interiors are reconstructed and transformed into suspensions and presented as animated, three-dimensional scenes. The spatial qualities of the domestic objects and their relationship to fragments of furniture – kitchen sink, table or washing machine – intensify a sense of place. They form part of a process of remembrance, an extracting of the significant from the transitory and the ephemeral. See sketch and photo of previous constructions below:
For her 2017 West Gallery show, Joanna plans to respond to how the Quay Arts building and Island was occupied in the past and present. She proposes to create a series of ‘future memory’ gum-strip constructions and a series of pencil and watercolour drawings – observations of implements and equipment still in use over the ages, which will root the exhibition in the still-life genre. The casts will aim to engage the still-life tradition from a contemporary perspective – working objects, domestic activity, the preparation for events and aftermath of feeding people (mimicking the Quay Arts Café on the ground floor below perhaps). Each construction will be made from her chosen material, gum-strip paper coated in linseed oil; suspended works would focus on areas of contemporary activity – utilizing the gallery’s height to create hanging systems with invisible thread to support the gum-strip suspensions.
For more information on Joanna Kori’s work, please visit: http://joannakori.com/
The Open Exhibition continues till Saturday 11th July 2015.
The West Gallery & Learning Curve Gallery
Gallery opening times: Mon – Sat, 10am – 4pm