'Evident Care' by Miranda Blennerhassett at The Suttie Art Space!

'Evident Care' is the latest big scale show up at the Suttie Art Space, located just off one of the main corridors in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. A series of large scale murals have been created by Miranda Blennerhassett, each one painstakingly hand painted and taking hundreds of hours to complete. 

Each piece is almost perfectly symetrical, hinting at some OCD style precision. And the effect is stunning, the skill and patience it must have taken to complete the murals is incredible while the actual patters and motifs of each design hint towards some of Aberdeen's own history in the form of the mosaic tiled floors which adorn many a tenemant building. Each design employs its own motifs but share a common palette, quite understated and slightly muted, allowing the shapes to speak for themselves.

Its also interesting to note how the process behind each piece can be viewed from the bottom up with the initial lines slowly morphing into more detailed sketches before morphing into the final paintings along the top. Its a level of precision thats hard to comprehend but especially when you see how big these paintings are!

Another great show from the team at Grampian Hospitals Art Trust and just one of many projects the team have been working on so give them a follow to keep up to speed on all their efforts, facebook here & twitter here. Also check out Mirandas website to see some more cool projects and check out this cool timelapse video showing how she builds up her murals!

In The Studio With Ade Adesina!

Since his degree show in 2012 Ade Adesina has kept incredibly busy with shows up and down the country and the continuation and refinement of his studio practice. A big part of Ade's process is the ideas which spill out into his etchings and lino cuts. Having admired his work from a distance I decided it would be cool to make some short films and find out a little bit more about the work and the man behind it! 

Over the course of an evening we chatted about his back ground, the themes and ideas behind some of his work and began tracing the evolution of his work as he prepared for his degree show back in 2012. Its incredible how sometimes its the simplest things which have resulted in the most intricate of prints, each piece of paper jam packed full of details and motifs, hand carved into the lino with skill and precision. One of the biggest things that struck me seeing the used linos sitting around the studio is how Ade has managed to perfect each composition but in reverse as each lino or etching gives a mirrored imaged meaing Ade has to work back to front. And yet each print looks perfect with feature buildings like Dunnotar castle facing the right way. He must have a special switch in his brain that allows him to work in this back to front manner.

Along with the discussion about his work we also conversed in great detail about politics, family and the cultural landscape of Aberdeen. Having only chatted at art openings it was great to find out about Ade's world and how the Nigerian born artist came to be in Aberdeen. I can honestly say I haven't met a nicer, more down to earth and wise man in all my days. Ade's work is filled with questions and answers and I think we would all do well to pay close attention to what he has to say, especially in these times of environmental destruction, failing oil prices and corporate greed. 

For some Ade's work might give more questions than answers but it certainly provides a mirror to some of the ecological and environmental damage that were doing to the planet but prints like 'Hope' might just hint towards the kind of inspired thinking we need to start addressing these issues and brining people back into the fold working with nature and not against it. Certainly if our landscapes and city scapes looked more like Ade's then I wouldn't feel too bad about the world we live in. 

Its been a pleasure to sit down and listen to Ade explain his work and methods and certainly if I entered his studio as an acquaintance then I left it as a friend. I've been working on more videos with this lino cut master which I hope to be able to share soon. Until then have a watch of the videos below and go a little deeper with the incredibly talented Ade Adesina!
 

Geotypes # 1 Zine Launch at Ruthrieston Temporary Studio!

Its been a few years since the Mural Project which is the last proper solo creative thing I've done so its been a real pleasure to start a new project which is 100% my ideas and designs. Certainly artists like Basik and Never2501 have inspired a desire to explore minimalism while the work of Andreco has almost certainly set some aesthetic precedent which has fed into a few of the designs but thats not a bad thing. 

The process for creating each design has been a relatively simple one, taking a rectangular layer in photoshop and cutting away bits until creating a shape which holds some aesthetic value, for me at least. A uniform wooden backdrop is used for each design with some shapes being burned into the wood to mimic a varnished effect. Each shape had about 3 variations and from these a final image was selected to feature in the zine. The phrase Geotypes was derived from the word geotopes, each design has geometric stone like qualities but with their digital nature geotypes made more sense. 

The original concept was to create digital mock ups for paintings but the mock ups seemed to develop so quickly and formed a seperate body of work which I wanted to share with people so Geotypes # 1 zine was born. A month of printing, re printing and collating resulted in the launch party at the Ruthrieston Temporary Studio. Zines were free to those who wanted to take a copy and I was chuffed to have only a handful of copies left at the end. It was great to meet some new faces from different backgrounds including design students from Grays and of course a great group of friends who came to show some support!

If you would like a copy of the zine then feel free to get in touch moodofcollapse@gmail.com and ill see what I can do!