Skip to main content

'Secrets of the Sand' by Ade Adesina at The Suttie Arts Space!

Ade Adesina is back in Aberdeen after a 4 month stint at the prestigious Eton College where he created a series of brand new woodblock prints and presented a new sculpture piece. That show and other works has now come to The Suttie Arts Space based at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. Titled 'Secrets of the Sand' it brings together a selection of Ade's most recent works including the 3 Eton woodblock prints, a collaborative print with Tomasz Wrobel, another with June Carey RSW, a fine selection of older works and a stunning sculpture installation.

The two collaboration pieces showcase not just Ade's creativeness but also his ability to take an idea and another artists work and interpret it with his own unique style. The Tomasz piece is instantly recognisable for its cavernous catacombs, the morphous rocks joining the floor and ceiling while man made debris litters the foreground. Another interesting point about the print is that it can be flipped upside down and still works as shown by the two prints side by side with an animation in between. The June Carey print also takes Ade in a new direction with characters entering the fray again, this time in the form of a man and woman embracing. When I visited Ade last year he explained the experimental approach he was taking when cutting the lino as he tried to achieve a balance in the faces between the black and white characters. It certainly looks like Ade achieved what he wanted while adding the intricate peacock feather backdrop.

Ade seems to be an artist always pushing his imagery and his skills as evidenced by the 3 new prints created at Eton College. He told me how his desk was based so all the students would file past, examining his working methods and work in progress. To many this would pose an unbearable challenge but one Ade took in his stride and used as motivation to really push his skills. The result is 3 stunning wood block prints, the first he's produced. Each print is set on a different planet, out in the vacuum of space. The material began to play a role in the prints when Ade noticed the wood grain could be used to help pick out certain shapes in the sand like base as the planets sit motionless above. It certainly looks like his time at Eton was well spent.

The standout piece from the show is undoubtedly the rather sombre sculpture which features a solemn charred front door, horse shoes spilling from the letter box while beyond we find a scorched salt flat ground, an ominous ticking grandfather clock and lone chair. Ade's work has consistently dealt with the issues of the human effect on our environment, global warming often coming to the fore in much of Ade's older work but its quite powerful to see this transition into a 3D space. It almost feels like someone has reached into one of his prints and picked out a few elements and dropped them into the Suttie. Of course Ade is no stranger to sculpture work having produced a quite beautiful hut as part of his degree show (some snaps of that here) and worked on numerous models but this is the first time he's had the space to fully realise a piece of this scale. Certainly his photos of the work in situ at Eton College looked stunning and The Suttie Arts Space seems like a nice fit for the work.

'Secrets of the Sand' brings a new development in Ade's work which is undoubtedly some of the best I've seen. An incredibly hard working artists and father, I hope 2017 will be the year we see Ade gaining the recognition he so rightly deserves! The show runs until Sunday 26th March. You can check out some more posts about Ade's incredible work here and some more posts about the great shows by Grampian Hospitals Art Trust. Huge love and thanks to Ade for letting me interview him about his work and for being the first to take part in my new 'An Interview with....' video series. It was great to speak again as he's the first artist I've interviewed about his work back in 2015 so it seems right sit down and chat with him again. Watch it below and check out some photos from the show.

Popular posts from this blog

Painted Doors 2017 - Year 2 Recap!

It's been a busy old year and I for one cannot wait for the christmas break. I'm lucky to be off til the new year and I'm hoping it'll be a chance to catch up and take stock. Its certainly been another busy year for art and culture in Aberdeen and especially putting art into the public realm. Nuart Aberdeen, Look Again Festival and Painted Doors both provided lots of incredible opportunities, and the artworks were nae bad as well. But with famous street artists and international design stars on the programme, what makes Painted Doors special?
Firstly all the artists are from or are based in Aberdeen. And many of them are new faces to me which is a good sign that we have a healthy creative scene in the city. I pride myself on getting out and meeting artists and creatives and spend a lot of time trying to help promote and shine a light on their work but even in the big village of Aberdeen where everyone knows everyone its fantastic to come across new faces. The artists fo…

Nuart Aberdeen 2018 - Production Week Part 1!

Its a month since Nuart Aberdeen unveiled the new additions to the cities mural and street art collection and its been great to see the public reaction. As with last years festival Nuart attracts a lot of attention and when you consider the level of work that goes into pulling off a festival of this scale its well deserved. Of course its been a great eye opener to the work that friends Sally & Claire have put into organising Look Again Festival which will be kicking off again in June. Of course its always a team effort and I love the Nuart approach which is that everyone plays a part from artist to helper and its only through this group effort that they can do what they do. And seeing behind the wizards curtain I can vouch for that!

I'll be forever grateful to Nuart for bringing these artists and works to Aberdeen, literally changing the face of the city and helping to make it a destination for street art fans. For me personally, Nuart has not only given me insight into the wor…

'Markings' by Jo Mcintosh at Parx Cafe!

'Markings' is the current show on display at Parx Cafe in Aberdeen's West End. Located just off Rubislaw Terrace. 'Markings' showcases the work of print maker and book maker Jo Mcintosh and features a lovely selection of work from editioned screen prints to hand stiched accordion style paper books. Although Aberdeen isn't short of galleries it's quite nice to be able to grab something fine for lunch while checking out what's on the walls. Its probably one of the things I miss the most about the EARL of Sandwich, that and the fact they gave me a panini tab!

Parx Cafe has been a regular spot to check out new artists and its refreshing to find an artist like Jo who's got an extensive background in the arts and I'm only just discovering her work now. From her degree in fashion design to running creative workshops and now in her current capacity as a lecturer, Jo has certainly been carving out a unique style and approach to her art. Although her work …

'Darkness Can't Exist In The Light' by Jo Muir at The Anatomy Rooms!

If you've been in town recently then you'll certainly have seen the banners and posters proclaiming "Art is the new Oil" although I think its less a proclamation as it is a question. The poster is part of a campaign by Citymoves Dance Agency to promote their 3 week festival of dance which finished a few weeks back. Now partner organisation with The Anatomy Rooms (Citymoves have taken on the large open plan dissection rooms) they aim to bring contemporary dance to the forefront of Aberdeens cultural offering. I'm sad to say I couldn't make it the various events but did get a look at Jo Muir's exhibition, organised to coincide with the festival.

Jo is one of the numerous artists based in the Anatomy Rooms studios and has spent the last 12 months hiding from day light and working out her ideas. She was finally ready to present a new body of work which seemed like a perfect fit with Dance Live and so over the course of 3 weekends the show was open to the publi…

NUART Aberdeen - Part 1, Production Week!

By now the sight of a giant yellow cherry picker at the Indoor Market is a common sight with hundreds of photos appearing across Instagram and Facebook. NUART Aberdeen kicked off last week with the arrival of our first artist Martin Whatson. I had the pleasure of seeing Martin at work up a cherry picker in Stavanger for NUART 2014, a sight that definitely makes you stop and stare. Having initially met team NUART on their first few visits to Aberdeen I'd offered to help in any way I could and was given the role of artist host. I would be meeting them at the hotel, showing them around and hopefully giving them a little insight into our fair city.

So on a sunny Wednesday we headed to airport to meet the infamous Martin Whatson. Being the first to arrive I was a little unsure what to expect, after all I've been a huge fan of street art for 10+ years and to be honest the whole concept of NUART in Aberdeen has been blowing my mind for months. So when this tall blonde Norwegian appear…