The team at FLG is proud to present an event featuring ten leading artists in conjunction with an array of prominent curatorial and industry professionals offering panel discussions and talks.
The centrepiece and most vivid expression of FUSE is a concentrated group exhibition held at FLG that includes new work by prominent painters, sculptors, and mixed media artists.
The talented and accomplished individuals featured at the FUSE exhibition will initiate an inspiring and insightful conversation exploring how artists push the boundaries of their own practice and how those art lovers who enjoy and value the work can maximise their appreciation of that endeavour.
Never in the whole long history of art have artists and their works been so diverse and various, not just in terms of form, content, materials and technique but also the practice and the transmission of the work across the world.
While we marvel at the sheer range of contemporary artistic expression, we need to consider how each individual artist pushes the boundaries within their own practice.
Fuse is not simply about staging a group exhibition. Art does not exist in a vacuum, either as a creative process or with regard to the finished work itself after it leaves the studio.
Once students have finished their course at art school, how do they strike out on their own without the collaboration and feedback of an educational environment? What choices or circumstances shape the development of an artist’s work? What challenges do artists face as they adapt and push themselves and their materials and expand the range of their practice?
It is about the triggers – some artists will push their materials while others will be thinking more conceptually. An amazing range of approaches is on offer – from sculptor Dion Horstmans‘s strongly physical yet precise engagement with metal though to figurative painter Claire Bridge’s experimentation with virtual reality.
An artist like Zac Koukoravas, who works with glass and perspex, faces a challenge in that the very material he’s working with is dangerous and expensive. This may mean he has to reuse material and when he makes mistakes somehow he has to incorporate that into his work. Those ‘mistakes’ can actually propel the artist in an exciting and unexpected new direction.
For lovers of art, there are many choices and challenges also. How does an art collector begin to build a collection? What is the best way to display the art you choose to have in your life in the home? What financial advantages are there in indulging aesthetic pleasure?
FUSE thus unites aspects of the creation and enjoyment of art in a very practical and intimate way. This unique event will be of interest to anyone who follows the featured artists as well as those who are serious about understanding the contemporary creative process and the practical aspects of artistic creation, appreciation and investment.
Simon Caterson, 7 June 2016