27 August // Awst – 5 October // Hydref 2018
Darkness // Y Tywyllwch
Artist, penny d, jones is based in Pembrokeshire and Cardiff she uses a variety of media and processes to make her work including painting, collage, video and conceptual practices.
“This piece came to me after what has been happening to me this year, making work for the blind – a textured black quilt and suffering a deep depression myself which has passed with a helping hand.”
“Daeth y gwaith ar ôl i fi weithio gyda deillion ac wedi bod fy hunan yn yr iselder ysbryd eleni. Gwnes i glytwaith mawr o wahanol wead ac yn ddu i ddeillion. Dwi’n teimlo yn iawn nawr ar ôl i fi wedi cael y llaw yn helpu fi.”
Penny’s exhibition Teimlo Llais (Feeeling Voice) can be seen at Oriel Mwldan in Cardigan from 8 September – 7 October 2018
Teimlo Llais is an interactive installation comprising a fabric quilt, a ceramic quilt and the voices of women speaking in Welsh. The exhibition is a culmination of the research and development project Llais Menywod in 2016 which highlighted the need for the women’s voice to be heard. The focus on touch and sound makes the exhibition suitable for blind and partially sighted people.
There will be a performance from a local Welsh women’s choir to launch the exhibition through a collaboration with penny d jones at the opening on 7 September at 6:20pm
penny d jones
16 July // Gorffennaf – 24 August // Awst 2018
Jonathan Powell is a Swansea based artist who works primarily in painting and drawing. He is also a director and curator of elysium gallery, Swansea that oversees local and international exhibitions which promote emerging and established artists. elysium gallery also provides studios for 100+ artists over three venues in Swansea City Centre. Jonathan is also the founder and continues to run the Beep Painting Prize Biennial.
“Building and destruction, both the subject matter and the painting process is a major part of my painting practice.
Imagined spaces and place; painted from a starting point of not knowing where the painting is heading. Forms and mythograms that float in my imagination and present the viewer with topography of mind. The character of this topography is pervaded by a sense of dereliction. In the paintings, bitumen is used to corrupt the oil paint; the eternal purity of colour encounters the corrosive chemistry of decay. While colour in its self does not die, it nonetheless vanishes and re-appears like a spirit.
Landing 2 & 3 are paint sketches towards an untitled science fiction film in painting. These are 2 of a large number of panels that depict the landing, the corruption and destruction of an alien landscape.“
4 June // Mehefin – 13 July // Gorffennaf 2018
Has anybody got a pen?
Jessica Dent graduated from Cardiff School of Art and Design in 2017and is currently based in Cardiff.
Experience; empiricism, cause behind memory, ignited and recalled through interaction with form and recognition. Objecthood, artefacts as portals to memory, connections to places and relations.
Selective, through choice of retaining so to recall such experiences, coming together, a new creation, a still life.
Creating an archaeology of identity, economically inexpensive now everlasting, in porcelain. Irony, always present, drawing attention to items in your surroundings.
The material is deliberately appropriated, an externalisation in 3D of values and familiarities, an extension of what you know.
We’re really pleased to be featured in issue #9 of Jwrnal, an online platform for makers and creatives in Wales.
20 May // Mai – 1 June // Mehefin 2018
After JF: Frippery for the Soul
This short exhibition introduces new work from the series After JF: Frippery for the Soul, an ongoing project of works on cardboard and fabrics which pay homage to the designer Josef Frank.
Josef Frank was born in Vienna in 1885 and emigrated to Sweden in 1933 to avoid Nazi persecution, later adopting Swedish citizenship. Originally trained and practicing as an architect in Vienna, Frank became the leading designer for the Stockholm design company Svenskt Tenn. He is probably best know for his bold, naturalistic and colourful textiles and furnishings.
Frank was deeply disquieted by the prevalent ideas of radical Modernism. He felt that the Modernist project had been hijacked by extremists who wanted to limit and define the movement by their own narrow terms of simplicity, purity and objectivity. In his essay Frippery for the Soul and Frippery as a Problem he argued that these utopian tenets of stern functionality simply did not respond to most people’s psychological needs.
He felt passionately that design should be driven by comfort, and that his designs might provide a sense of joyousness and exuberance against the stresses of everyday life. Although influenced by the designs of William Morris and the British Arts and Crafts movement, he also understood the inherent problems of that project as well as critiquing the homogenising tendencies of the machine-made, he said: “One can use everything that can be used” meaning that one should take from whatever is available both historically and technologically (a presciently Postmodern idea). Frank’s exuberant designs and ideas were later influential to Ingvar Kamprad who founded IKEA in 1965.
Kathryn Campbell Dodd
18 December // Rhagfyr 2017 – 26 January // Ionawr 2018
My Father’s Hankie (colour) 2017
Artist dinahvagina lives and works in Carmarthenshire and graduated in 2015 from Carmarthen School of Art with a degree in Ceramics.
“One of the things I took when our father died was a stack of his hankies, he always had one in his pocket. All worn thin. I am slowly working through the pile, reflecting on him, his life, his part in the family. Here squares from his test sheets of water colours and inks are appliqued together with my own colours and some of the stranger brushes in his collection. It speaks of his love of colour, of testing things out and his eclectic collections born of a creative combination of frugality and curiosity.”
30 October // Hydref – 15 December // Rhagfyr 2017
Trondheim Oppslagstavle 2017 // Trondheim Noticeboard 2017
British artist Michelle Dawson is currently living in Trondheim, Norway. For her exhibition in the little gallery, Michelle has transported a noticeboard she has assembled in Trondheim to Oriel Blodau Bach, sending the contents of the exhibition by post to the UK.
“Before Oriel Blodau Bach was established, the space functioned as a notice board and after a time of disuse was repurposed into the gallery space. This work re-visits the original function of the space but connects to a different place. The posters and cards detail some of the cultural and social events taking place in Trondheim, a small city in Norway. The posters and cards are written in Bokmål, the common written form of norsk, interspersed with some english too.”