Monday, 5 April 2010

Spring 2010 Exhibition Opening @ Axolotl Gallery

The Axolotl Gallery, an exciting new creative space which is situated in the heart of Edinburgh's city centre, have unveiled their highly anticipated Spring exhibition.

Featuring the work of five main artists along with a selection of work from a handful of creatives who will be featuring in the gallery's future exhibits, Axolotl's main objective is to showcase a variety of figurative and narrative work in various media including painting, drawing, limited edition prints, sculpture and photography.

Highlights of the private view included:

Michael Wildman

Displaying a remarkable series of photographs titled In The Day of Cold Light, Wildman juxtaposes the image of the naked female form against a variety of urban and natural environments. Each of his stunning black and white photographs depict female models seen recreating the pose of Adèle Abruzzezzi, model and muse to Auguste Rodin - who's piece Crouching Woman was the driving influence behind Wildman's latest collection. Accompanying these images are hand written and typed testimonials from each of Wildman's models which offer a rare insight into the relationship between artist and subject as well as the technical aspects behind the organisation of some of the shots. On the opening night Michael WIldman's series of shots will also be accompanied by a female model recreating the same Rodin-esque pose.

Sarah Wilson

A collection of found objects set in a block of resin, Wilson's Transferable Memories is like a portable museum, perfectly preserving a variety of kitsch, off-beat and rare objects like an insect encased in amber.

Philomena Pretsell

Pretsells' series of ceramics are highly influenced by graffiti and the landscape of New York City.  Pretsell's intentionally imperfect, handbuilt pieces are treated as a surface to draw on (somewhat like Annabel Johnson) decorating her vessels and other assorted objects with  a mixture of glazes, gold lustre  decals and prints.

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