Sensorial/Censorial combines the creative forces of ten local artists to reveal an exciting and varied display of work that aims to challenge, engage and enthral. The project is the result of two years worth of study on the Fine Art Masters course at the University of Poertsmouth, and a great many more years of previous research and experimentation.
Exhibiting at a total of five venues across Portsmouth, the group have selected a range of work spanning a broad spectrum of artistic disciplines, ranging from the traditional methods of painting and photography, to the more contemporary practices of installation art and new digital media. Themes are also varied, encompassing an eclectic mix of the beautiful, the humorous, the reflective and the downright bizarre.
Exhibiting artists include: Marc Beattie, Maggie Boyce, Sophia Ferdani, Johnny Hamer, Peter Missen, Louise Chandler, Georgette King, Barry Zee, Nicholas Forbes & Tina Signorelli.
The exhibition has begun already but really picks up speed with events happening across Southsea as the month of September continues:
The Portsmouth Guildhall – 9th to 19th September
St. Peters Church – 4th to 16th September
Aspex Gallery – 13th to 29th September
Southsea Orthodontics – 17th September to 16th November
Garbo’s – 24th September to 19th October
Some example work from some of the artists taking part in the exhibition (all photos from the exhibition’s Facebook page):
Artist/ photographer who composes her work with found imagery, creating narratives from disposed photography and tracing the history in relevance. Currently developing an ongoing two year biographical project on the discovered 1920’s imagery of her great grandfathers Naval Trip to China, establishing the concept of cultural exchange and the purpose of the trip.
My practice mainly takes the form of installations that frame natural forces and elements, allowing them to interact with each other and animate the work. Their participatory aspect incites the viewer to engage with them, by entering into a dialogue with the various phenomena, and experiencing them in an unmediated way. Through my work I explore issues that relate to our perception, understanding and interaction with our surrounding physical world.
The drive for comfort is arguably mankind’s raison d’etre; whether comfort manifests itself in that which is tangible or, more habitually, within the performance of routine. I am interested in human behaviour – both the collective and the individual. My work explores the polar aspects of desire; the solace found through that which we know, and the want of the Other – How we take psychological refuge in the familiar and immerge ourselves in a ritual of comfort that often results in obsessive, unhealthy behaviour. The one is the shadow of the other.
The focus of my work migrated to film because the opportunity arose firstly, to collaborate with a dancer and secondly learn the techniques of filmmaking, both of which I have been absorbed with over the last two years. Subsequently the chance of working with motion capture meant the ideas I previously developed in the studio could be reinterpreted and given new form. In my current film the images are sometimes distorted and often indistinct, illustrating aspects of my vision.