3 April // Ebrill – 12 May // Mai 2017
The Elephant in the Room
Oriel Blodau Bach are delighted to host a new piece of work by artist /activist project, Lonely Signpost.
“The elephant silhouette and its counterpart – the cut out shape which has been placed 30 metres north of the gallery on an empty signpost on the A485 – explores the notion that empty signposts ARE the ‘elephant in the room’, they are there in full plain sight, but ignored….no-one wants to talk about them….they are there, but not there…”
Lonely Signpost is an Art Intervention project devised to draw attention to empty and abandoned signposts in the UK.
The Sun Will Rise Again
20 February // Chwefror – 31 March // Mawrth 2017
“When I was invited to make piece for the old New Inn village noticboard I realised I could have fun with some offcuts of reflective signboard plastic from the County Council road sign dept; something cheerful to catch the light as we pass from winter to spring. I had a limited range of colours so the subject suggested itself.
Taking inspiration from Emil Nolde’s north German coastline work made during his Nazi imposed exile, when he had to use the only paint available to him: children’s poster colours; he created richly coloured streaky paintings of the sunsets and sunrises. I was also inspired by Klimt’s pupil Hundertwasser’s jewel-like images, and the striped watercolours made by Paul Klee. I used map pins to honour the tradition of noticeboards and the ephemeral nature of the information; the collage technique refers to the school that once existed in New Inn.
The title comes from Barack Obama’s last address as President of the USA before handing over to Donald Trump.
I’ve lived in Llanfihangel ar arth for over 30 years, having trained in fine art painting, initially in London in the 70s and then in Carmarthen School of Art in Job’s Well more recently.
Thankyou to Kathryn Campbell Dodd and Kirsten Hinks Knight for the opportunity.”
9 January // Ionawr – 17 February // Chwefror 2017
Hywel Edwards recently graduated with an MA from Trinity St Davids in Carmarthen where he is based.
Talking about the opportunity to exhibit at the gallery Hywel says:
“I was mindful that it was January and I felt that we need a different response after the dismal year just gone; a new optimism as people make their new year resolutions.
As source material I relied on an old book of proverbs and selected ‘Eang yw’r byd i bawb’, primarily as in the Welsh version it is egalitarian in tone. With that egalitarian tone comes individual hope. Last year held numerous negative headlines and I hope this, in its way, counters them. I settled on the proverb immediately knowing it would be seen by walkers, cyclists and passing passengers when there’s a desire for change in the air.
Issues like migration and boundaries were dealt with many times last year. Hopefully this year will be far more peaceful, though the year is still in its infancy.
Recently I’ve been re-investigating lettering after studying Graphic Design and being interested in Art for many years.
Artists I’m influenced by; Ed Ruscha, Barbara Kruger, Mari Lloyd Jones and Iwan Bala.”
Hywel recently exhibited in an online exhibition, 404error.gallery, curated by Matthew Britton and Brett O’Connor.
21 November // Tachwedd 2016 – 6 January // Ionawr 2017
Fluoroptimism` is a site and light specific mixed textile piece .
“The ambient light that illuminates the side of Blossom Cottage and shines into The Oriel Blodau Bach Gallery can change greatly throughout an ordinary winters day. I wanted to use that light as one of the materials in a piece made especially for that wall at this time of year.
The fluorescent chemical dye colours used in the assorted textiles in `Fluoroptimism`, absorb light and then reflect it out in a longer wavelength. The spectrum of colour that we see in these reflections depends on the time of day, becoming most luminous at dawn or in the twilight, when light wave lengths are longest. Something to light up a dull evening.
`Day glo` colours were also omnipresent in the mid 1990`s `Free Party` culture which was active in the local Welsh countryside. I feel that what we need now, as in those days of social turmoil and political uncertainty is a bit of optimism, and to allow ourselves time to frivolously enjoy our lives. I hope that on a grey day cars that drive past Oriel Blodau Bach Gallery will catch a flash of glowing optimistic colour.”
3 October // Hydref – 18 November // Tachwedd 2016
Shelf // Silff
For her second exhibition at Oriel Blodau Bach, Kathryn Campbell Dodd is making an ongoing artwork that will change and develop over a six week period.
Currently working on a research and development project with Carmarthenshire County Museum in Abergwili, Kathryn has selected items from the museum collection that were originally sourced from the Pencader area of Carmarthenshire.
Using museum documentation, images and found material she will present her responses to the objects and the museum records and processes.
Shelf // Silff is funded by the Arts Council of Wales
Christopher M. Hight
22 August // Awst – 30 September // Medi 2016
The latest exhibition at Oriel Blodau Bach is by Carmarthenshire photographer, Christopher M. Hight.
He says of his work: “I am based in West Wales and my inspiration comes from the local landscape, its nature, history, mythology and culture, with which I feel such a deep connection that I feel I could live nowhere else, though I have tried. It is an ever changing and evolving landscape, sculptured for better or worse by us the people who inhabit it make our living from it and gain our pleasure within it.
For me Black and white enables me to capture not only the vista before me but also the emotion and sense of a place not just at the moment of pressing the shutter, and will enable you to share that emotion and sense of place long after you have enjoyed the photograph.”
Responding to the original function of the gallery as a noticeboard, Hight has produced a series of postcard size images from his ‘The Ruin’ series of works. The images focus upon the ruined St Michael’s church at Llanfihangel Abercywyn, Carmarthenshire.Medieval in origin, the church has six gravestones, refered to locally as ‘Pilgrims’ Graves’ in the churchyard, to the south side of the church.
Wondrous is this masonry; shattered by fate
broken is the city; labors of giants crumble.
Fallen roofs, ruined towers,
the mutilated roof collapsed,
undermined by old age. Earth’s embrace has
the deceased master builders,
the harsh grip of the ground, until a hundred generations
of people departed.
The Ruin from the Exeter Book 10th Century
11 July // Gorffennaf – 19 August 2016
The latest exhibition at Oriel Blodau Bach is by Swansea based artist, Nazma Botanica.
We’re delighted to be showing two works from Nazma’s recent series of collages from a project called Eco Warriors. The portraits are created using found images alongside the artist’s photographs on canvas.
Nazma says of the work: “I started creating this body of work two years ago after falling ill suffering from panic attacks, anxiety and depression, with fear acting as a dominant force. Using collage to create anthropomorphic beings – half animal half human – I brought out the monsters of my childhood, the process has been a cathartic and empowering. Some of these monsters started to grow into warriors, with positive feelings of renewal and hope.
Eco Warriors is about caring for nature, for each other and believing in oneself. Being creative everyday is essential to our well-being and discussion supports a brighter future.”
The project asks questions of the viewer: What is an Eco Warrior? Do you know any Eco Warriors? Are you an Eco Warrior? How do you treat your environment every day? How do you treat the people around you? Do you treat animals the same way? What do you want to protect?