‘Shooting from the Hip’ 2. Dave Morgan-Davies

The Searchers exhibition: September 12 – 24, 2014
‘Shooting from the Hip’

Harriet Aston, Stephen Buckeridge, Dave Morgan Davies, Tony Eastman, Michael Hayter, Stuart Low, Jitka Palmer, Ruth Piper
8 Artists: spotlighting an artist a week for 8 weeks leading up to the show.
Week 2: Dave Morgan-Davies
There is something very slightly supernatural about Dave’s images that makes you want to keep looking, an uneasy stillness and a hint of anxiety that if you look away an event will be missed or changes occur that will go unseen. It’s all about what you can’t see and this sensation remains through repeated viewings. Watching his film ‘The Swimmer’ begins with the sea pounding the perimeter of a created lagoon where the water is relatively calm. This scene continues for a long while until you forget the title and are mesmerised by the waves, then, quite suddenly it seems, a man in trunks walks into the frame, goes for a swim in the lagoon, climbs out and leaves. It’s as if he was never there and it all begins again. Ruth Piper – Founder of The Searchers Contemporary
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‘Shooting From the Hip’ 1.Tony Eastman

The Searchers exhibition: September 12 – 24, 2014
‘Shooting from the Hip’

Harriet Aston, Stephen Buckeridge, Dave Morgan Davies, Tony Eastman, Michael Hayter, Stuart Low, Jitka Palmer, Ruth Piper

8 Artists: spotlighting an artist a week for 8 weeks leading up to the show.

Week 1: Tony Eastman
The lucky few who can be involved in creative work of any sort will be the true elite of mankind, for they alone will do more than serve a machine.
Visit to the World’s fair of 2014′ by Isaac Asimov (August 16, 1964.)

 

I was very lucky and inspired to meet Tony a year or two ago during an art trail event, directed to his door by fellow artist and mutual friend Dave Morgan Davies. Tony and his wife Glen also an artist live amongst Tony’s collections, artworks and experiments, including in the garden a beautiful fruit bearing banana palm. My favourite work that day was in the basement. A film of a book. The text on each page had been erased leaving only the word ‘the’. Each page was treated differently with added drawings or collaged items. The sound track, a woman’s mesmerising voice repeating the word ‘the’ as the pages turned.
Tony’s many drawings, sculptures and installations are inspired by Japenese culture. He explores ideas through many different mediums and has worked with architects, engineers and other outstanding artists including theatre workshops with Ansuman Biswas and Miguel Munoz. All who he says have been “invaluable in opening my eyes and keeping me on my toes’.
A commission he is particularly proud of is an unusual building designed in collaboration with architect Wilf Burton. A permanent Bird Observation tower, constructed of wood, in Steart Somerset. http://www.burnham-on-sea.com/stert-island.shtml
His many exhibitions include Daiwa Foundation, London, the New Art Gallery, Walsall, Newlyn Art gallery, The Architecture Centre, Bristol, Nagoya University and Seto Ceramics Gallery, Japan and Cline Fine Art, New Mexico
In 2010 Bristol City Museum included items from his large collection of artifacts in an exhibition celebrating the year of the tiger.
Ruth Piper – Founder of ‘The Searchers Contemporary’