Mark Joshua Epstein explores a sense of the baroque through the lens of exuberant abstraction. Inherent in the paintings is a kind of dandy-aesthetic, as Epstein investigates modes for thinking about sexuality, uncoupled from its traditional association with corporeal desire. These works play with obfuscation and revealing, while teetering on the edge of taste. Colours are amped up, patterns delivered through the imperfect marks of the artist’s hand.next
Mark Joshua Epstein
In ‘Hold Tight’, Mark Joshua Epstein and Stina Puotinen invite the viewer in for a shared experience in response to recent political events in the US and UK. The installation they have created references both the physical space of the waiting room and the often anxious sensation of waiting.next
Sheyda Porter’s ‘Idea Generating Machines’ celebrates the sculptural possibilities of discarded everyday objects as representations of the mundane world. Porter has an intimate, personal way of perceiving abandoned items, transforming them into aesthetic objects. The repeated gesture of applying paint rids these objects of their practical connotations, reducing them to their ‘thingness’ in order to redefine and reinterpret them. She creates the illusion of mere physical material without a history or a beginning.next
Vanessa Anthony, Hannah Barker, Allen Barret, Julie Louise Bemment, Kat Bevan, Elizabeth Black, Rob Bowman, Frankie Casimir, Grace Denton, Simone Gandhi, Rebecca Halliwell-Sutton, Samuel Johnson, Sophie Keith, Ricardo Lopes, Mark Lyons, Melissa MacPherson, Dan McGee, Kitty McMurray, Alexander Nicholas, Murray Thompson
A group of postgraduate artists from the BxNU Master of Fine Art course at Northumbria University are throwing their work in the air and seeing how it lands.