Friday, 6 June 2014

Conan Abel & Katrina Chomova 'Vibrant Aberdeen Exhibition' @ Seventeen!

Last month saw a pretty cool exhibition take place down at the Seventeen hub on Belmont Street. This space, once One Up Records, a distant memory now has since been the nerve center for the failed 2017 Culture Bid and is currently serving as the councils arts development hub, the Peacocks 'Make Lab' and an exhibition space!

Vibrant Aberdeen took the work of two local creatives, craftsman Conan Abel and painter Katrina Chomova, pairing it up across the downstairs level of 17, a mixture of contemporary craft, materials and process. Conan's work is created using wood turning lathes and custom blown glass while Katrinas abstracted paintings draw their unique forms from abandoned spaces and derelict buildings. I think their work meets somewhere in the colour spectrum with subtle tones reflecting in the works although some of Katrinas other paintings are explosive with colour!

You can see a short video about Katrina's work and process here. I was so intrigued by Conans work that I paid him a visit at his workshop and did some filming while he whittled and burned away, seeing first hand the effort that goes into making each of his bowls, you can watch the video below. I'm hoping to do a bit more filming with Conan and will hopefully be able to delve further into his making process. Until then you can check out more of Conans work here and keep and eye on Katrina's work here.


Conan Able - Process # 1 from MoC on Vimeo.