Today we took a stroll down to the Bristol harbourside to view the latest exhibition by Antlers gallery, Gravitas. The nomadic gallery are currently based in Purifier House on Lime Kiln Road. The space is light and open, a fresh blank canvas, perfectly suited to showcasing various styles of artwork.
Gravitas features Abigail Reed’s large-scale oil paintings and Dorcas Casey’s life-sized fabric sculptures. The two different styles compliment each other beautifully and the bold artworks make a real impact in the vast, minimal space. The exhibition explores the relationships between animal and human, focusing on the form of various animals and displaying their sheer size, evoking an overwhelming sense of power. Animals such as bears, horses, bulls and mules are the chosen subjects, often making the viewer seem small and almost insignificant.
I found Abigail Reed’s paintings striking, particularly enjoying her use of brush strokes and layers to create texture and contrast. Her clever use of a monochrome palette adds to the overall impact of the artworks, drawing the eye further into the detail.
Dorcas Casey’s wonderfully unique sculptures are unlike anything I have seen before. They are created from various materials, including clothing fabrics, such as socks, wire and gathered antique furniture. The way the forms are awkwardly poised and the juxtaposition of differing materials is both highly intriguing and somewhat unsettling.
Alongside the exhibition, there is also a selection of contemporary prints, greeting cards and gifts for sale by some of the other artists involved in the gallery. We picked up two lovely cards which will soon be framed and proudly displayed on our new art wall in the dining room.
Gravitas runs until 21st April and is open daily from 10am-6pm. I’m extremely exited to see what the talented folk at Antlers gallery will be exhibiting next.