Monthly Archives: December 2013

SPOTLIGHT: JeeYoung Lee

Today we want to share the incredible installations of JeeYoung Lee with you all. Lee creates amazingly intricate, physical pieces within her tiny studio and photographs the results. And they are simply mindblowing.

JeeYoung Lee

JeeYoung Lee

For weeks, sometimes months, Lee creates the fabric of a universe born from her mind within the confines of her 3x6m studio. She does so with infinite and extraordinary patience, in order to exclude any post-processing. When her dreams are materialised, these worlds turn real and concrete: imagination reverts to the tangible and the visualisation of Lee’s fiction becomes its own reality.  In the midst of each of these sets stands the artist.

JeeYoung Lee

JeeYoung Lee

The pieces are unlike anything we’ve seen before, and the way Lee blurs the lines between fiction and reality are inspiring. We’ve had to create a virtual gallery exhibiting all of Lee’s work below because each image is even more incredible than the last. Have a look, and prepare to be amazed!

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All images © JeeYoung Lee.

Further examples of Lee’s work can be seen here.

SPOTLIGHT: Christoffer Relander

Today we came across these incredible works of art by experimental photographer Christoffer Relander and knew we had to share them with you all immediately! Creating in-camera double or triple exposures, Relander merges man with nature in a way that is beautiful, poignant, and thought provoking.

Christoffer Relander

Christoffer Relander

What drew us to these images on such a deep level was how explicitly Relander is forcing us to question our relationship with nature. About how our lives and the lives of everything around us are entirely intertwined.

Christoffer Relander

Christoffer Relander

Something about these images simply makes the viewer want to go out and rekindle their love of nature. And ironically enough, even though some pretty technological wizardry happens to create these photos, technology is the last thing on your mind while looking at them.

Christoffer Relander

Christoffer Relander

All images © Christoffer Relander.

Further examples of Relander’s work can be seen here.

SPOTLIGHT: Amanda Averillo

Continuing our exploration of Printmaking further afield outside of our gallery walls, today we are discussing the works of Amanda Averillo. Similar to our previous Printmaker, Stephen Robson, Averillo’s work looks into the realm of nature and landscapes.

Amanda Averillo

Amanda Averillo

Of her work, Averillo states: “I work mainly in Mono print, a printmaking technique that is painterly whereby the image is built up in layers of ink on acetate sheets, each one printed on top of the last until I feel that the image is completed. I aim to capture light, atmosphere and mood in my landscapes.”

Amanda Averillo

Amanda Averillo

Although less intense than Robson’s pieces at face value, Averillo’s works illustrate far more detailed scenes. By adding such detail she is removing the ambiguity of Robson’s prints and creating something that resembles more of a life-like daydream.

Amanda Averillo

Amanda Averillo

All images © Amanda Averillo.

Further examples of Averillo’s work can be seen at her website here.

SPOTLIGHT: Stephen Rosbon

Although our current Printmaking show has sadly come to an end, we haven’t lost the bug here at The Strand Gallery! As we reflect on Lei Cheng’s prints exhibited all the way from Macau we look to other printmakers to compare and contrast techniques and subject matter. Today we are exploring the prints of Stephen Robson, who delivers gorgeous, abstract landscapes.

Stephen Robson - Oystercatcher

Stephen Robson – Oystercatcher

Robson studied Fine Art at Goldsmith’s College, and interestingly enough became initially interested in photography. Professional photography has been his main occupation over the years, but recently he has made a return to drawing and painting, and studied printmaking.Robson now divides his time between these different ways of working, but whatever the chosen medium, all have a common foundation: observing and spending time drawing in a landscape, and from that creating an image on the spot or back in the studio.

Stephen Robson - Humber No.1

Stephen Robson – Humber No.1

The abstract aesthetic of Robson’s prints adds a mo0diness that pulls the viewer into the scene, trying to decipher every stroke and blotch. Gazing into these prints becomes something of an emotional experience, the ambiguity of the landscape generating some sort of nostalgia relevant to us all.

Stephen Robson - Marsh 2

Stephen Robson – Marsh 2

All images © Stephen Robson.

Further examples of Robson’s work can be seen on his website here.

Constraints: Soundless

December has brought to the gallery a new and diverse exhibition of Printmaking by Lei Cheng. His prints reflect his origins that are from a small city in the western side of the Pearl River Delta called Macau. Being acknowledged as the most densely populated region in the world, Macau is a city with strong bonds and relations between its residents.  Cheng’s prints are an insight to Macau, its people and culture, its mysterious landscapes and the crowded buildings.

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His paintings Soundless #1, 2 and 3 depict the three perspectives of a screaming person. Cheng’s lines and shades construct this personality which isn’t necessarily the same in all three prints.  The cry of one person could express many emotions, of resentment, sorrow or even perhaps happiness. It’s this constraint of emotions in relation to the residents of Macau and its culture that Cheng is trying to convey in his work.

The title of the works ‘ Soundless’ as well as its dark shades emphasize  on this idea of the restraint of one’s emotions within society and tradition. Trapped behind the glass of the frame, arguably these portraits borrow elements of the famous painting ‘The Scream’ by expressionist Edvard Munch and illustrate pain and distortion. They might even perhaps be self portraits of the artist’s own cry and attempt to express and communicate himself through art.

Visit the Strand Gallery to see Cheng’s exhibition ‘Constraints: Printmaking of Lei Cheng’ including the ‘Soundless’ Series, closes Sunday 8th of December.

COMING UP: Constraints, Printmaking of Lei Cheng

The Strand Gallery is pleased to announce the forthcoming exhibition ‘Constraints: Printmaking of Lei Cheng’ opening this week.

Born in Macao, Cheng felt constrained from the tight relationships between its residents and found expression and outlet in art. Lines and colours become the embodiment of Cheng’s emotions and the means of articulating his thoughts and beliefs. His work is mainly concerned with the relationship of form and content within art. Cheng perceives this relationship as a personal challenge that each artist embarks on in order to find the right balance that represents him or her best.

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In this exhibition Lei Cheng unfolds the story of his creative process of printmaking inviting us to share in the emotions that were once constrained but are now underlined in the various shades of ink. ‘Constraints: Printmaking of Lei Cheng’ will be on display at the Strand Gallery from the 2nd – 8th December, 11am-6pm.