The Crypt, Zion Baptist Chapel Bradmore Rd, Cambridge CB1 1BD 8 emerging artists, postgraduate students from Cambridge School of Art, invite you to come Through the Red Door and into the Crypt below East Road’s Zion Chapel to a subterranean exhibition, conceived and curated as a group.
In his 1990 essay ‘Resonance and Wonder’, Stephen Greenblatt explored two of the most central concepts that inform a museum-goer’s experience. Resonance, he asserts, is “the power of the displayed object to reach out beyond its formal boundaries to a larger world, to evoke in the viewer the complex, dynamic cultural forces from which it has emerged and for which it may be taken by a viewer to stand.” Wonder, by contrast, is invoked by the object’s ability to “stop the viewer in his or her tracks, to convey an arresting sense of uniqueness, to evoke an exalted attention.” This exhibition seeks to do both at the same time and provide an experience of wonderful resonance and resonant wonder!
MA Course Leader Dr. Véronique Chance says:
"The Crypt space at the Zion Baptist Chapel, is not your traditional or typical gallery space, and as such, it offers these emerging artists the opportunity to challenge themselves in the presentation and display of their work, which will react to the unusual features and architecture of this basement location, as much as the external sites they have responded to. The viewer should also be challenged in terms of their expectations. The shadow image of the heron spray-painted on the red door to the Crypt by coincidence, makes an interesting visual connection with the ARU heron logo, leading the viewer to ponder on a possible connection and to wonder what is indeed 'Through the Red Door'. “
Exhibiting artist Emily Andreasson adds:
“One of the most exciting things about curating this exhibition has been the ability to collaborate with artists and friends that I deeply respect, and the prospect of being able to share and engage our work with a live audience”
The work in Through the Red Door – an eclectic mix of painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and more – is inspired by the artists’ current practice and is adapted to the Crypt space from their individual work on different specific sites across Cambridge and beyond. Expect to be both visually and mentally stimulated.
Emily is a figurative artist who uses her practice to explore concepts of cognitive dissonance and self-perception. She works in a variety of media including ink, paint, photography, and multimedia. Her most recent works have investigated how the self is perceived internally vs how it is presented and perceived externally.
Caroline’s practice deals with the forces of humankind and nature, and how they shape the landscape and the world today. Her current interests include poetic landscape and the use of immersive journeys, personal memory and association to develop a sense of place.
Sara is a multi-disciplinary printmaker informed by her immediate surroundings through site-specific interaction. The current body of work is not topographical in nature, not accurate representations of what is being seen, but an exploration of the physicality of the place, to call witness to the mark of human interaction.
Niall explores narrative and place through figurative painting. His work reflects the character and characters of his neighbourhood. Often working from life in the street, in bars, cafes and kebab shops, he aims to capture and amplify the magic of the city at night.
Shanielle’s work explores the state of culture, ethnicity and heritage within society, and Black cultural representations. Black British Identity and African heritage are explored with use of traditional patterns, as reworked adaptations of African textiles. These visual symbols act as an extension used to portray the perception, comprehension and production of signs and symbols, reinforcing storytelling as an aspect of popular cultural ideas of identity and ethnicity within Black heritage, culture, and aesthetics.
Mick strives to translate everyday experiences into images. Incorporating elements from film and comic-making into his drawing practice, he presents non-linear narratives capturing the accumulation of moments. His current work focuses on the effects of repetition during our collective experience of lockdown.
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Rosie’s uses installation and painting to express female self-awareness and group consciousness within the family. She integrates her own experiences with thoughts and experiences of other women, highlighting themes of patriarchy, gender and women’s discrimination in the home. She incorporates "Nv shu" – a secret textual language known only to women – to tell painful stories of the experiences of women in ancient China within the family, also showing the gentle strength of women.
Jenny is a mixed media artist whose work has a strong curatorial element. She works intuitively and often incorporates things collected and held onto for years. Nostalgia and memory are important themes and play a huge role in why she collects and creates. Inspired by natural forms, ephemera and found-objects, Jenny experiments with materials to combine and transform things and give them new life, often in a surreal way; challenging perceptions and questioning ideas of what is natural and unnatural, beautiful and unsettling.
Private View Thurs. 31st March 5-7pm
Opening Times Fri. 1st April 12-7pm; Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd, Tues 5th April 12-5pm (closed Mon 4th April) For further information, contact Jenny on firstname.lastname@example.org