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A Bright and Guilty Place Group show at PayneShurvell Art Opening Thursday 10th June 2010

A Bright and Guilty Place. Thirteen artists, working in mixed-media, interpret the notion of mapping and ‘place’.The title of the exhibition, A Bright and Guilty Place, is taken from Orson Welles’Lady of Shanghai in which the classic hall of mirrors climax sequence intertwines the virtual and the actual. A Bright and Guilty Place is curated by Dermot O’Brien and James Payne.

About the Artists
Andrew Curtis explores an ongoing fascination for the British suburban landscape with a large scale unique print.

Anka Dabrowska, usually known for her delicate drawings on paper of urban Warsaw, tower blocks and shop fronts here shows 3-D work exploring similar themes.

Dan Hays’ 2010 version of the piece ‘Diversion’ presents a treatment of page 62 of the London A-Z, with the financial heart of the City of London as an endlessly repeating pattern. This implies a completely hermetic, urbanised, capitalist globe, offering no way out and no way in.

LEO’s work is from an ongoing series, The Trouble with People. Suggesting mindmaps, the work consists of a network of branches annotated with phrases.

Aidan McNeill’s new photographic work documents the invasion of non-native plant and animal species to the UK.

Wrik Mead creates a very personal yet clinical view (mapping) of the human body with his video piece ‘Manholes’, as much a portrait as it is a mapping of the human body, divided into a series of peepholes.
Dermot O’Brien presents an austere but complex installation piece referencing geological and architectural markers.

Derek Ogbourne’s intricate and labour intensive drawing is a re-imagining of a map of England.
Frank Selby exhibits his recent drawing ‘Stop the Next Next War War’, a work based upon miscommunications, failures of communication and gaps in communication.

Jeni Snell, who once attended a school in Guernsey built on top of a WWII German gun battery, highlights elements of her personal experience with these bleak landscapes of abandoned buildings.

Ian Whittlesea is showing a painting from the series ‘Studio Paintings’ which lists all of the addresses of studios occupied by the painter Mark Rothko.

Lucy Wood’s work has often encompassed issues of denial and social exclusion. Here she presents a handcrafted map on animal skin, illustrating the experience of the economic migrant.

Mary Yacoob’s work has long been concerned with the mapping and documentation of her daily life through drawing. For this exhibition, Mary will be making a new large scale installation piece.




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