“Almost unworkable”: this is how artist Gavin Young describes the camera obscura as a technical aid to artists. Yet there’s genuine enthusiasm and excitement in Gavin’s voice when he talks about the device. In fact, during the course of our 40-minute phone conversation, he returns to the subject several times. There’s clearly something about the images that a camera obscura can project that capture the artist’s imagination. And so, in the build-up to Gavin’s upcoming solo show here at the gallery, we set about finding out what that certain allure might be.
Who doesn’t love a collective noun? From the perfectly suited - a bloat of hippopotamuses - to the downright strange - an embarrassment of pandas (so many questions...). Where do collective nouns originate from and who decides on them? These are just some of the questions that surfaced during a recent conversation between the enquiring minds here at Resipole Studios. So, with Dr Google firmly by our side, we set about researching the subject and, given that many paintings here at the gallery feature birds, we thought this the perfect opportunity to share some artwork with you along with their corresponding collective nouns.
Anna Bussot’s work has drawn much attention since the opening of our spring show at the end of March. Inspired by holidays spent in Scotland, where she gathered field trip sketches, photos and notes on her travels, Anna’s work clearly evokes the wild, rugged and untouched beauty of the Scottish Highlands. Her pieces go beyond the confines of traditional landscaping, blurring the distinction between the imagined and real, somehow inviting the viewer to step inside the canvas; to explore further and immerse yourself in the newly charted territories and emotive worlds within. But how is this effect achieved?