Love Hours, School of Art, Birmingham.

Including: Amy Cox. Katy Gibson. Georgia Henn. Amy Huggett. Navi Kaur. Rachel Price. Tinisha Williams.

A collaboration of ten first year students at Birmingham’s School of Art curated the works of seven fellow artists to create the exhibition Love Hours. The simplistic title creates a clear association with love, towards something or someone, and the passing of time. Therefore, it wasn’t of any surprise when discovering the several works on show centred on the family. United in their choice to use art as a method of confronting traumatic or troubling situations, the works touched upon memory, and in particular, the loss of memory.

IMG_1369editThe view upon entering the space

Entering the space, the first works that are visible are those along the back wall. These consisted of a textile based piece and two photographic prints. Also within your view is the back of a canvas, placed upon the easel. Whilst at first, the canvas seems a boundary upon entering, once present within the centre of the space, its placement supported the positioning of the other works helping to transform the square room into a sphere-like shape.

The curators have chosen to separate duplicate works by each artist, thoughtfully structuring the layout of the limited space so that the variation in the scale of each piece and the switch between mediums is celebrated. A projection by Amy Huggett had been displayed off centre onto a corner and although this distorted the imagery and would therefore seem an unusual choice, its positioning mirrored the work of Tinisha Williams work. Tinisha presented four glass pieces that were placed on the floor between Navi Kaur’s photographs. Similarly Amy Cox’s and Katy Gibson’s work had been displayed individually. Presented at opposite ends of the room, directed towards the window, and insured that Katy’s paintings were enriched with natural light. The arrangement allowed the exhibition to be viewed and enjoyed as a collaboration of works, highlighting the theme and concept, rather than observing a series of each artists work individually.

Above: Navi Kaur, Tinisha Williams (also below), Navi Kaur, Katy Gibson

All of the artists involved are confronting and confessing significance moments in time that have some form of emotional attachment. Each work is an investigation of a personal relationship, for most, the relationship is with their own family and this is obviously through the use of their identity. Portraiture is a commonality between eight of the artist’s work. However, for the remaining two, text is the predominant form of expression. The overlap of imagery and text is seen in a couple of the artists included, in particular within My mum the lollypop lady by Amy Huggett, who insists that her text pieces are a vital part of her practice, offering a reflective aspect to her practice. Amy Cox has also combined textiles and text within her work. Her text also offers a reflective insight into her recollection of an ‘Anti memory’; a memory Amy claims she cannot recall.

IMG_1356edit Tinisha Williams work in which text has been printed on glass

The dedication displayed through the work was a reminder of the bonds we form as human beings and the impact they can have on us all.

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