Tuesday, November 27, 2007
A range of original artwork and prints by local artist Charlotte Thomson. Charlottes work is mainly figurative with inspiration from the early half of the 20th century, silent movies, low brow comic book style imagery and burlesque.
The exhibition will feature illustrative drawings in graphite and ink and fine art paintings in acrylic and mixed media.
Charlotte exhibited her popular paintings, prints and quirky characters alongside Nancy in November.
Posted by Jeanne Booth at 10:33 AM
Sullen fairies, belligerent demons and other curious monsters - dark, whimsical contemporary art, all with a satirical edge and a twist of humour – Nancy Farmer’s paintings could be mistaken for fantasy art – but this is not quite accurate, rather, she holds a murky and distorted mirror up to ordinary life.
Her characters resonate with modern-day decadences - the fairies are delinquent; the devils bored, half-heartedly persecuting the Dammed merely because it is their job to do so; the guardian angel is fat and indolent, her rose-tinted spectacles shielding any wrong-doing from her 'watchful' eyes. A sad lost gentleman is found in a bar full of curious demons, but refuses to leave and admit he’s in the wrong place, while the smartly dressed devil is equally on edge in a rather tacky wine bar full of ‘ordinary’ people. Here are monsters and demons, certainly, but here are also our colleagues, friends and relations, and it is often uncertain quite which are which.
Nancy is largely self-taught as a painter. Having completed a degree in jewellery design at Glasgow school of Art, and an MA in Metalwork conservation at the V&A Museum, she turned to painting in around 1999. In 2002 she moved to Somerset and took up her artwork as a full-time career. She has exhibited in a number of exhibitions in the south of England, amongst these two solo shows in Suffolk and several joint and group exhibitions in Somerset and London. The Exhibition at ‘View from the Top’ gallery, in Nottingham, was her first major exhibition in this part of the UK. Her work may also be seen on a frequently updated website at www.nancyfarmer.net.
Posted by Jeanne Booth at 10:25 AM
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
From 14th-18th November, View from the Top's small gallery hosted the Keep&Share's travelling store!
Keep & Share is an alternative luxury label, offering unconventional - yet infinitely wearable - knitwear for both men and women. Each piece is designed to satisfy over time, and is lovingly knitted in rural Herefordshire by the designer, Amy Twigger Holroyd, and her small team of makers.
Although the label mainly trades via its website, www.keepandshare.co.uk, from time to time Keep & Share like to jump in their van and set up the Travelling Store, a 'pop-up shop' which appears for just days at a time at venues around the country. These events offer customers the rare chance to see the full Keep & Share range - including cardigans, shrugs, jumpers and scarves - plus sub-collections such as the Eco Edition line, created from naturally coloured, organic and local yarns.
The Travelling Store took residence at View from the Top for 5 days in November, as part of an autumn tour which also takes in London, Bath and Hereford.
Posted by Jeanne Booth at 12:59 PM
Monday, November 12, 2007
View from the top played host to Demonfort University's MA Photography graduates in a group show, which showcased some great photographic ideas and was beautifully presented.
Posted by Jeanne Booth at 12:50 PM
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Like the archetypal White Rabbit, follow the artists as they take you on a labyrinthine journey through their weird and wonderful worlds. This exhibition featured 15 artists from around the UK whose work is concerned with the macabre and gothic.
Artists included - Natalie J Watts Photography, Vicky Mather,Steve Allen,Vicky Wilson,Christiane Pedros, Geoff Sims,Andy Cole, Andy Hixon, Matt Vickerstaff (DarkWave Art), Paul Bowring (The Paint Distresser) and View from the top's own Charlotte Thomson.
The Private View (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org took place devilishly close to halloween on October 30th with refreshments sponsered by the Pit & Pendulum and featured performances from the spectacular Vicky Butterfly and disturbing Rachel Parry.
The exhibition was intended to become a regular collaboration and was a huge success ensuring its' reoccurrence in the future! Where fear and dread meets longing and anticipation!
Posted by Jeanne Booth at 2:09 PM
Game City, Nottingham's annual video game festival took residence at View from the Top as one of its' many venues this year. Things got messy with cutting and sticking the new Keita Takahashi video game characters! Then lego filled the space, with a brilliantly busy brick-a-thon!!! The gamesmaker workshop allowed 20 kids and adults alike to learn and create their own videogames, whilst parents were given a lesson on playing videogames in the session "who's afraid of video games?"
Posted by Jeanne Booth at 1:55 PM