“- Every cobblestone on the path to our house is a unique artefact
– Our living rooms are treasuries full of beautiful objects
– Our garages are the stages of earth-shattering stories and dreams
– The way to the corner shop is a journey into unknown realms
– That rotary clothes dryer is as captivating as any modernist sculpture”
The Everyday and The Fantastic is an exhibition about where our everyday experiences and routines merge with fantastical, abstract and transcendental realms – a space in which the imagination blossoms and where creative action takes place. Exploring this space is not just crucial to our activity as artists working at Project Ability, but also to our experience as people that sense, think and feel.
The show is the result of a collaborative effort that has been made over the last 6 months to set up an exhibition at Project Ability. It will be accompanied by a series of publications that were developed over the same period – one booklet by each particpating artist, offering further insight into their individual practice.
About the works in the show:
Sian Mather explores her surroundings both indoors and outdoors with infectious perceptivity, creating photos and paintings that manage to be realistic and dreamlike at the same time – instantly familiar and readable yet radiating with delicate compositional skill and thematic depth.
Sarah Jane McColl uses her “sour portrait” as a starting point to investigate both means of communication via facial expressions as well as systems of painterly abstraction, effortlessly bridging the gap from archaic mask making to Piet Mondrian.
Allan Oattes looks at two revered artistic figures, the scottish poet Robert Burns (1759-1796) and the french painter Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) and reveals underlying familarities in their lives and works, hinting at a system of creative undercurrents that suggests a valid alternative to more traditional art historical approaches.
David Roeder uses everyday observations as gateway to explore the transcendental potential that lies within the most common of objects and places, taking cues from early 20th century literature and painting along the way.
Curated by David Roeder, following his Artist Residency with Project Ability in 2016, The Everyday and The Fantastic has been devised specifically for the artists working in Project Ability’s ReConnect programme. Project Ability would like to thank David for his time working with us and this exhibition about creativity!
Image: The Holy Family on The Steps (Nicolas Poussin) by Allan Oattes