Out of the Ordinary - Artists
Malcolm Benzie's digitally manipulated photographs of household objects seemingly flying across a livingroom make us wonder at what might have just taken place - an earthquake, a violent argument, a scene from the Wizard of Oz? Malcolm graduated from Edinburgh Collage of Art in 2002 and has recently returned from travelling in Canada.
Sarah Lynch's magical photographs of delicately constructed sculptural forms play with ideas of tension, suspense, balance and minimal and temporary beauty. She takes everyday familiar objects and places them in a Still Life setting in an attempt to focus the viewer's attention. We see the objects in a different light - almost in a fictitious world - and the relationship between the disparate objects creates something quite beautiful. Sarah graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2003 with a Masters in Fine Art and is currently exhibiting at the Amber Roome Gallery, Edinburgh. Her work has also been published in Portfolio Magazine.
Caroline McCarthy's Still Life is a photograph of a sculpture of luscious fruit. Incredibly, the fruit is constructed from wet coloured toilet paper. The work pursues an exploration of painterly technique and trompe l'oeil possibilities. Colour has no relation to the function of toilet paper - it's a tasteful consideration, an excess. As ideas of excess, abundance, desire and consumption have historically been intrinsic to still life painting, the work suggests and draws on similar associations of today's toilet paper. Caroline McCarthy studied at Dublin National College of Art and Design followed by and MA at Goldsmiths College in London. She has exhibited internationally and recently undertook an artistic residency in Shanghai, China.
Jock Mooney takes the theme of still life literally with his wonderful installation of a long queue of people - a result of long hours spent people watching. The Queue is a potentially endless project concerning a complex line of highly detailed, colourful figures frozen in time - waiting for something. The enforced companionship of a queue provides introspective thought, and also the opportunity to guess what everybody else does for a job, where they live etc, etc. The size and finish of these figures brings to mind a distinctly toy like quality, which reflects the artist's interest in the current 'branding of normality' seen in popular culture's recent and ongoing craze for reality TV and talent contests - these are everyday icons, strangers based on the numerous people passed in the street. Jock Mooney graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2004. You can see more of his work at www.jockmooney.com
Yvonne Mullock spent 2003 as artist in residence at Edinburgh Zoo and before that spent four months at the Walter Rothschild Zoological Museum in Tring, Hertfordshire. Her fascination of museum displays of animals combines both residential experiences and has resulted in wonderful creations which both repel and intrigue. Born in Cheshire, Yvonne graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2001.
Gerd Rohling magically creates something quite beautiful from throwaway vessels. His installation looks like an elegant display of intricate glass works, perhaps great archaeological finds, exhibited as if in a museum, but on closer inspection it reveals something quite different. It is these used objects from our throwaway society, items that even the poorest societies neglect to recycle, that Gerd Rohling sources as the material for his art. He has discovered forms in the rubbish which recall the functional objects of classical civilisations. But it is the staging and lighting which completes the transformation and totally deceives the eye. Gerd Rohling exhibited a version of this work at the 2001 Venice Biennale. He lives and works in Berlin.
Jane Simpson's series of sculptural still lifes of objects clustered together are simultaneously three dimensional Morandi paintings and intimate, somewhat tense, family portraits. But why do the objects quiver as you move around the gallery? By casting everyday objects in silicon rubber Jane Simpson investigates the relation of objects to memory. Familiar things such as tea cups, vases and ornaments are transformed into shivering sculptures. Jane Simpson lives and works in London but has exhibited worldwide including in New York, Madrid, Mexico, Milan, Paris, Luxembourg, Helsinki, Chicago and Copenhagen. She is represented by the Javier Lopez Gallery in Madrid.
Hanneline Visnes's paintings and watercolours combine intricate patterns from Persian tiles and English fabrics with selected objects chosen for their ability to intrigue - perhaps a ram's head with curled horns or a stylised red flower. Born in Norway, Hanneline trained in Oslo and then Glasgow School of Art. She was one of the artists chosen to represent Scotland at last year's Venice Biennale and recently had a one person show at doggerfisher gallery in Edinburgh.
Richard Walker frequently depicts the immediate surroundings of his own studio, returning consistently to direct observation. His small oils on board seductively play between landscape and still life, skilfully using light and shade to reveal and conceal objects within the space. By depicting what could be described as the mundane, with titles like 'Sink and Table' or 'Bin and Red Board' he provides an investigation and celebration of what it is to be conscious in our world. Richard was born in Cumbernauld and studied at Glasgow School of Art. He is represented by the Andrew Mummery Gallery in London.