Four invited artists, Andrew Clausen (The Netherlands), Ivan De Menis (Italy), Laura Jane Scott (London) and Jon Thomas (Swansea) will be presenting wall-based tridimensional pieces. This is an exciting opportunity to showcase a different kind of work concerned with structural and three-dimensional explorations, playful constructions and experiments in depth, shapes and surfaces.
Andrew Clausen (U.S.A.) began his artistic training in the cooperative studios of Art City in Southern California. From there he traveled to Italy where for 13 years he worked alongside master artisans and developed his craft into a tuned combination of conceptual ideas and refined use of materials. Cast concrete and fabricated metals are his primary mediums which are used to form works that span between minimalist thought-provoking objects to engaging fabrications. He currently lives and works in the city of Arnhem, Netherlands.
Ivan De Menis (Italy), studied in the institute of Art in Vittorio Veneto and the Venice Academy of Fine Arts. He lives and works in the countryside of North Italy, close to Treviso. Ivan’s work, made of wooden panels, is of a deceptive simplicity of appearance. He uses materials such as polystyrene and airball, traditionally used for packaging, to create intimate, refined tridimensional art pieces. The viewer is drawn in, allowed to see the building process behind the work as if looking at its beating heart and witnessing the unravelling of its beauty.
Laura Jane Scott’s (UK) desire for formal simplicity through geometric form and striking use of colour has enabled her to produce a body of work where painting explores a model of architectural form and where the colour literally embodies a physical structure. The resulting work is a hybrid of painting and sculpture; a refined visual vocabulary of form and colour. Laura lives and works in London.
Jon Thomas is an artist & sculptor based in Swansea, South Wales (UK). He constructs free standing and wall based dimensional sculptures using a combination of contemporary and traditional materials from casting with plaster of Paris to thermoforming with industrial materials including acrylic sheet & EPS (polystyrene). John’s latest sculptures are constructed using a spontaneous substractive process of hand cutting dozens of geometrical shapes, stacking, balancing and finally glueing the individual forms to wooden boards before painting them. This recent, freer body of work reaches beyond some of his purer earlier examples, leaning more towards process art than pure minimalism.