The Space Between
Erratic mixed printmaking show
This article is from 2010.
Taking the theme of ‘space’ as its departure, it is unsurprising that the selection of work in Amber Art’s current show is erratic: by its very nature all artwork deals with space. It appears instead that the term is a comfortable theme within which to couch the exhibition’s glaringly disparate prints.
And yet, the work of the 13 contemporary artists on display here is arranged in a way that only emphasises its inconsistency. Prints that would have benefited from being placed side by side, such as Bronwen Sleigh’s muted graphic prints ‘East Way I and II’ are divided by jarring works, in this case Gayle Robinson’s colourful abstracted landscape study ‘Rainbows and Furrows’. The same curatorial short sightedness happens again with Kelly Stewart’s silkscreen prints of Edinburgh street scenes. The obvious pairing of ‘Old Town’ and ‘New Town’ studies are separated oddly by Sophie McKay’s acrylic, portrait screen-print ‘Spells’. The closeness does little to enhance either artist’s work.
The only real fluidity in the exhibition lies in the standard of work on show, but unfortunately this is due to its bland and tepid nature. It is only Patrizio Belcampo’s screenprint ‘Aubrey’ that strays from the comfortable genres of landscape and portrait. Presenting a sophisticated monochrome work of silhouettes donned in medieval garments and tinged with sadomasochistic undertones, Belcampo provides the edge needed to elevate the show from mundanity.
Amber Arts, 661 1167, until 18 Sep (not Sun/Mon), free.