Justin Cook Art presents Brave New World, a group show comprising of 4 first year artists attending the Royal College of Art on a MA course. Although these 4 artists work is very different in both composition and medium the inspiration behind their work is all connected. That connection has everything to do with the world we find ourselves living in today....be that technology, social media or digital post production techniques. This is the brave new world of contemporary art.
Qijun Li (China/UK), Qijun’s practice attempts to spark a conversation with our contemporary digital age, an age where technology is overflowing into every facet of our everyday lives, a world where an endless stream of information is readily available at arm's length. Li’s creative production is embracing the art of abstraction through a dialogue between the physical and the digital world. The presence of the digital aesthetics is evident in his practice, which is many times infused by early computer-generated imagery. Contemplating on the qualities coming out of this thoughtful dialogue between the physical and the virtual, Li’s artistry constructs an alternative place where these two contradictory concepts can coexist on canvas.
Tomas Harker (UK), Tomas is a painter who renders his subjects with a refinement and brevity of gesture. He paints both classical and contemporary imagery, originally found online; the backgrounds are sparse, and the palette conservative. The seemingly unconnected nature of his subject matter speaks of the way he encounters and collects it via the vast chasm of social media. This boundless vacuousness of the ocean of information we are barraged with online daily obscures significance through its sheer size, blinding us with information.
Beth Horner (UK), Beth’s small-scale works invite close inspection. Navigating the relationship painting can have with digital interfaces, offcuts and fragments of shattered photographs are over processed, cropped, compressed, made physical and pieced back together. Scenes are intergraded with paint and organic clay forms, squashed like gum on their surfaces – an imitation of impasto paint.
Hawazin Alotaibi (Saudi Arabia/USA), Hawazin’s work engages certain emotional ambiences. She experiments with motion glitch and distortions of her oil paintings, as a way to create an experience for the viewer, stating that the elements used in her work, such as sound and media, are to emphasize the deeper emotional aspect between the viewer and the work. The artists interest in using media with her paintings, such as moving paint digitally in a repetitive motion, moving figures in landscapes in a water like motion, and projecting a moving object onto her painting, is inspired by experimental music and sound art.
Gallery owner Justin Cook commented, “Bringing these 4 talented artists together with their unique practices, connected through themes of technology, gives us, the audience the chance to think on a different level about our world and the cultural influences shaping the contemporary art landscape. Some of the work is so new (original) that there will only be a prototype version to exhibit. Some of the techniques are so well executed that the work plays with your visual perception to the point that you disbelieve what you are actually seeing.“