Similarities and Difference
23 June to 15 July 2011
GCSE and A level artwork from Queens Park School
Is a culmination of working exploring the themes ‘Cultural Identity’ and ‘Environments’ by students from Queen Park Community School and all the work is produced by art students aged 15-18 living in Brent. The exhibition is a celebration of achievement and a chance to see some fascinating viewpoints and perspectives of young people and how they interpret the influences of Art history and their own ideas. Willesden Green Gallery has a long tradition with the school offering opportunities for student to curate and display their work for 3 weeks every year. Please take this opportunity to explore a dynamic exhibition, which includes a diverse range of work with materials including, painting, collage and 3D construction. The poster design is based on the work of 16 year Titus Vilimus during his exam unit he drawing/painting many large scale painting on the human figure and leaping.
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‘Textures of the Collective Unconscious’ by Deivis Slavinskas
Standing Male Figure by Deivis Slavinskas
This solo exhibition is not a passive experience. It is a call to explore, to revel and respond with dreams and imaginings. Each painting has a unique quality and message; together these paintings are a series of dreams set out on canvas. Physical layers of paint, correspond with psychological and metaphysical layers of meaning, to engage the viewer in a visceral and thought provoking interaction.
On one level, you can enjoy these paintings as a pure visual feast, in the here and now, an exciting cascade of colour and form. The use of sculptural techniques, heavy textures and layering create an impressive sense of vitality and energy, giving the paintings a real and active presence. In some paintings the subject material enthusiastically spills over from the canvas onto the surrounding frame. Each painting is a raft of colour, contrasts and textures, scores and scrapes, sweeps and curves in carefully crafted composition. Deivis’s assiduous attention to detail draws the viewer further in to the experience, underscoring the passion and intent behind the art.
As a catalyst for subconscious thoughts and recollections, these paintings draw on internal landscapes of memories and emotions. Abstract images, and icons assimilated naturally with my own imagination, and lead it to weave its own stories. Along with the paint, scraped away to reveal underlying layers, layers of imagination pealed away to unexpected thoughts and impressions. The more I looked, the bigger the image became, and the more there was to see. I found myself wandering around the outback of Australia, along the banks of the River Thames, into dusty old rooms, down childhood streets and to places of emotion, hope and familiarity, nostalgia and longing.
A further layer reveals a spiritual realm to Deivis’s art, something mystical and arcane, glimpses of a deeper universal theme. Totems and glyphs are woven into the fabric of the art. An animal, words, the flow of water, an overseeing eye, the monster, the river, the depth, the crown. These reassuringly primal images provoke feelings of innate recognition, motifs of a shared understanding and belief system, a ‘collective knowing’.
These paintings communicate both the personal and the profound, inviting the viewer to explore relatedness to the ‘self’ and in a broader sense ‘connection to others’. A remarkable, creative achievement, provoking a uniquely human response and taking the viewer on a compelling visual, psychological and spiritual journey. –Text by Maria Robertson
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