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Imagine if you could slow down and stop time. Take a moment to examine the beautiful detail in everything that surrounds us. We are living so fast that everything is blurred and we can’t possibly appreciate the fragility of our own existence…. that’s the ethos of this exhibition, a meditation on the beautiful detail of the natural world. Through paintings, embroidered works and a virtual reality installation – Momentary seeks to stop time.. for just a moment .. and permits us to see the beauty of an explosion, of spinning shards of glass – the beating of a hummingbirds wings, the detail concealed within its’ plumage, the incredible pattern and order that makes up the chaos.
I am pleased to invite you to an exhibition opening at Lilford Gallery in Folkestone this Friday the 29th July. The exhibition is my first solo show in just over 2 years and brings together a collection of framed original works on paper, limited edition prints and a virtual reality installation.
Here is a little about the collection of work and also a snippet of the new pieces that will be on show at the exhibition which runs until 21st August at Lilford Gallery
Inspired by nature’s expansive colour palette these new works present a vivid alternate reality, ‘Let’s stop time’ invites the viewer to slow down and take time to reflect on the beauty within their surroundings, a chaotic solitary moment becomes a place for meditation. ‘Eternity’captures the beauty and chaos of a single brush stroke within which an alternate reality is revealed like a dream or a momentary glimpse into the life of a stranger all in a single moment. In’Perfectly Still’, the ‘Hourglass’ and ‘Elevation’ time is brought to a standstill and the beauty of nature among chaos is evident, all three works begin as an abstract composition, embracing chaos and the freedom of single strokes of paint, accidents and chaos in which we seek to find order. Rising from this chaos we find beautiful accidents of nature or creation depending on our beliefs and ideologies, it seems almost irrelevant how they occur.. what is common is the beauty in infinite detail.
‘The Mortal Coil’ challenges us to look at our own time and existence – the brevity of our time on this planet, the place we hold among our surroundings and our connections with the natural world, as the painting pulses revealing a skull beneath the layers it reminds that we are flesh and bone,it challenges us to appreciate our short time, to make the most of our existence. In ‘Knowledge is Power’, ‘Trouble’, Brave new world and ‘Protection’ I want the viewer to look at the possibilities and opportunities that arise from a single moment – each work references the image ‘I and Love and You’ by photographer Michael Färber. Each image searches the subject for a different story, chaos plays it’s part again and these works are an example of the approach taken to painting – allowing chaos and chance to dictate the outcome.
The smaller portraits ‘momentary’ series focus on calm and meditation – both in the approach to the drawings but also in the subject itself – they are quiet moments of contemplation and time taken to reflect. These pieces were created at the end of the show and are a pause point and possibly and indication of where the work will turn next.
In addition to these and other original works I will be showing three new limited edition prints as follows;
A hand embroidered print with hand painted goldleaf details called ‘A little piece of peace and quiet’ edition of 20
A 50cm x 70cm Giclee Print – ‘Perfectly Still’ on Hahnemuhle etching paper with Hand torn edges
A 50cm x 50cm limited edition giclee of the Oracle Printed on Epson bright white ultrasmooth paper
The inclusion of the oracle as a print in this show is to link some of the works on black paper I have produced with a virtual reality installation piece called ‘Momentary’. The piece takes elements from all of the new paintings and blends these with details from the works on black paper – but it does so in a virtual space using the HTC Vive Headset viewers are able to explore this virtual environment and examine the painting in it’s virtual sulptured form.
I will be showing 2 new original works at Gallery different this Thursday, the 12th of May from 6pm if you’d like to come along please rsvp firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m delighted to be launching a new 20×16″ print on Wednesday the 27th Jan, with Derbby.
Derbby have a unique price structure which works great, making the early prints in an edition extremely accessible. The usual selling price of Derbby Prints is $149 but for the Flash Sale the price drops to $25.. and that’s where it gets interesting, each successive sale raises the price by $1 !
Derbby aren’t cutting corners however, the print is made on a bright white Epson archival paper at a heavy 330gsm! this is embossed with the Derbby logo and accompanied by an artists signature by way of a certificate applied to the reverse of the piece… this results in a clean ready to frame image.
The piece itself was created in January of 2016 and experiments with creating more layering and more detail than usual, I wanted to give Derbby an image that would translate well in the reduction to a print, making the detail finer and crisper. Continuing on from the earlier piece this year entitled all I want is everything, the piece reflects on commercial desire, our relationship with nature, and the unattainable. I’ve included some work in progress images below to show the process of making the work.
Delighted to have new work showing in the opening exhibition of London’s West Bank Gallery ‘Big Bang’ will feature works from Ben Allen | DANK | Mydogsighs | Jim Starr | K-Guy | Schoony | Copyright | Gemma Compton | Paul McGowan | Emmanuel Albaret | James Mylne | Cheba | Osch | Carleen de Sozer | Henry Hate | Kimberly Thomas and more.
For more information or to attend the Launch on Thursday 14th Jan – please contact email@example.com
For other Originals Prints and Postcards please visit www.carnegriffiths.com
Here’s a little Xmas offer for those still following the blog
String Theory is now available from the Shop here and if you use the voucher code spring50 there is £50 off, for the first 12 orders only
Thanks so much for following the work and looking forward to seeing where it goes with you in 2016.
The new ltd edition print Barrier is now available from the online shop
Barrier was created for exhibition at Stroke Art Fair in Munich, 2013. The original was shown with Coates and Scarry and is one of the few pieces featuring a male subject. The original is created with expressive graphite lines and then layers of ink stripped back with boiling water. The piece also features a delicate barbed wire motif printed with a rubber stamp as if in a wallpaper pattern.
‘The piece represents freedom from self imposed restraints, belonging to a series in which the artist explores our relationship with nature and pattern, using floral motifs such as wallpaper as a 2 dimensional divide between ourselves and nature.’
Ed Size: 75
Size 70 x 50cm
The new print ‘Still’ has been released ahead of May’s solo exhibition in Milan.. http://www.carnegriffiths.com/shop-2/still/
New post over at http://www.carnegriffiths.com
This evening sees the opening of 2 exhibitions which I am really pleased to be showing work in, Multiplied art Fair at Christie’s, and Factory Project at Red Bull Studios in London . Coming swiftly after a great solo show with Ink’d Gallery in Brighton – (have to say a huge thanks to them here was such a great experience) – The exhibitions run only for a few days but both pack a punch with some incredible artists and galleries participating and what’s more, they are both free to attend.
I’m delighted to be showing the new piece of work the storm at a London gallery for the 1st time. The exhibition, Factory Project III features some of London’s most accomplished Urban / Contemporary and Video Artists who will be exhibiting works from the 11th Oct and throughout Frieze Art Fair 2012.
Themes explored by the exhibiting artists include the use of the female form as a means of expressing and exploring human emotion as well as political and spiritual ideas across an array of mediums.
Also on show will be video and light installations by guest artists, music videos and live paint as well as Mint Magazine DJs.
Artists featured include…
Inkie / Richard Morrissey / Robert Sample / Masha Gusova / Zeus / Joanna Scislowicz / Jewel / Fin DAC (Beautiful Crime) / Carne Griffiths / Cosmo Sarson / Carrie Reichardt / Danny O’Connor / David Scheinmann /Bea Gibson / Laura Tinald / 9mary / Tom Pope / Che Frantz / bUKo/ Naomi McElhone
Private View / Opening party: 11th October (Guest List Only)
Red Bull Studios
155-171 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2JP
The event is open to the public from Friday 12th October till Sunday 14th October from 10am – 6pm.
Exclusive to Eyestorm Gallery – the print Stray Pleasures will be showing at this year’s Multiplied Art Fair along with the new Triptych of prints Immortal, Mortal and Eleven, produced by Fine Art Printers Harwood King. Also at the Eyestorm stand will be recent work from Lucie Bennett, Henrik Simonsen, Nigel Grimmer, Delphine Lebourgeois and Mark Hayward alongside key pieces from Maurizio Cattelan and Peter Davies, and they are launching a brand new screenprint publication from Jacky Tsai
Hope you can make the shows as they both run for only a few days.
Some new work in the pipeline.. a little change of direction and some new experiments coming together – more information very soon.
Fri 12 October 9am-7.30pm
Sat 13 October 11am-7.30pm
Sun 14 October 11am-6pm
Mon 15 October 9am-5pm
Multiplied Art Fair
Christie’s (South Kensington branch)
85 Old Brompton Road
12 -15 October Multiplied Art Fair 2012
Christie’s South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3LD
It’s a crazy busy time for seeing artwork!! As well as the solo exhibition which is now in it’s second week at Ink’d gallery in Brighton, this weekend sees the closing of the East17 arts Trail and the opening of the nearby Wanstead Arts Trail, and next week sees the opening of the Wing Assignment at Red Bull Studios featuring over 40 artists work and showing the new piece 2 for Joy.
The exhibition at Ink’d is the biggest collection of work I have shown to date and also the most focused. The workreflects on a hectic 2012 and is a reaction and contemplation of events that have had an effect on the early part of this year. I won’t lie.. it’s been a tough time, emotionally it has been a roller coaster year with massive highs, and some really difficult times too. The work reflects this quite openly. The shards of glass that are prominent in this collection of work developed from the falling thorns in the piece one for sorrow which hangs at the back of the gallery at Ink’d. The increased chaos and noise in the work is elevated too.
1 for sorrow reflected on the helplessness of a situation in my personal life at the time, it was an exorcism for this frustration and the process of creating the work was a huge help to me in dealing with the situation. Talking about this type of work is difficult but I think it is important to understand the relationship between daily life, and what happens in the studio. Most of the work I create is emotionally driven, it is a response to specific situations and the beginning of a piece of work is almost always impulsive, as is it’s creation. Some of the larger works however, span larger periods of time and their creation, although relying on these type of impulses also involve times of deliberate contemplation on the subject.
Of the works showing as part of the fragments exhibition, ‘1 for Sorrow’ and’ the Storm’ both underwent a similar process and this is reflected in the finished work. They may not be as light or as clean as other works in the gallery, but the grit and grime of these pieces honestly represent the journey gone through to bring the piece to it’s conclusion. They are both real battles in terms of their creation and the emotional involvement in the work.
If you would like to see the work on show – the exhibition ‘Fragments’ is open daily at Ink’d gallery in Brighton and runs until the 6th October, alternately you can see and buy all work from the show including the newly released giclee prints Guilt, Comfort, Fragment, and the triptych, Mortal, Immortal and Eleven produced by Harwood King.
The Wing Assignment
Inspiration for 2 of the pieces created this year and a planned series of continued work comes from the wonderful wing assignment project devised and curated by Nina Farrel a former colleague at Maidstone College of Art. As well as providing a platform and outlet for the piece 1 for sorrow, the project seemed intertwined with what was happening in daily life. Following 1 for sorrow, the piece 2 for joy is again an intensely personal reflection of receiving the news that I am to be a father to twins this September. Amazingly as timing would have it – the opening of the exhibition coincides with our delivery date. It will be a shame to miss the exhibition as it features a work that is a real contrast to other pieces created this year, it has a real softness and warmth and is purely concerned with our relationship with nature and if you look very carefully beyond the flower of life symbol…
The Wing Assignment opens on the 19th September – if you would like to attend the private view on the 20th September, please contact me via email, as I have a very limited number of guest tickets (including my own which I will be giving away as I will be busy elsewhere!)
For more information about the exhibition which contains the work of over 40 artists, visit the wing assignment homepage at http://thewingassignment.tumblr.com/
Age of East 17
This weekend is the last chance to see this great exhibition, brought together by Nadiya Tokarska, at Tokarska gallery Walthamstow. Just a short walk from Blackhorse Road tube, along forest Road. The exhibition features artwork from Carne Griffiths, paintings from Jason Hawkridge, a Mark Burton photography exhibition about the Olympic Torch in Waltham Forest, and paintings from Nadiya Pavliv-Tokarska. The Tokarska Gallery is one of the best permanent galleries in the local area, so it is well worth a visit if you’re exploring the E17 Art Trail (which we will blog about separately).
I am delighted to be showing a small series of floral works, amongst the newly released triptych of prints from Harwood King
Wanstead Arts Trail
I am delighted to be showing work again as part of this year’s Wanstead arts trail, at the Beautiful Blush Temples florist on the high street. Opening today, the small collection of work on show represents the first steps to working as a artist full time. Although they are tighter and show a stronger influence of embroidery design, the pieces show clearly the transition to finding a style of working and to breaking free from the constraints of floral embroidery design in different ways.
Following the busy month of september, I will be showing work at the following art fairs, with Eyestorm and Coates and Scarry.
MULTIPLIED ART FAIR CHRISTIES 12TH – 15TH OCTOBER EYESTORM
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR BATTERSEA 25TH – 28TH OCTOBER 2012 COATES AND SCARRY
AFFORDABLE ART FAIR HAMPSTEAD 1st – 4th NOVEMBER 2012 EYESTORM