Studio Eleven reveals new exhibition exploring ‘Sites Unseen’

Studio Eleven‘s newest exhibition ‘Sites Unseen’ invites painter Chrissy Collinson and ceramicist Martin Harman to explore the everyday in new and abstract ways.

Artist Chrissy Collinson presents her new collection of abstract paintings and drawings entitled ‘The Tenfoot Series’. Chrissy’s art is a distillation of Hull’s hidden urban routes, known as ‘tenfoots’ in Hull. These back alleys, linking drives and walkways, provide a map of Hull’s suburban districts; mapping the ‘in-between’ of domestic life. The spaces are inhabited and owned, but seemingly derelict too.

These hidden routes are a fascination to Chrissy, who graduated from Hull School of Art & Design in 1989. As an artist who lives in Hull, and a member of the Hull Artists Association, she is all too familiar with the ‘tenfoot’ culture. Her work explores the picturesque of everyday life, and the roughness and irregularity of the mundane.

Her paintings are an observation of this urban picturesque.  The lively, colourful qualities of her painting are a delicate response to the sites in the day-to-day that are often overlooked. Winning Grants for the Arts funding from the Arts Council has enabled Chrissy to research and develop this body of work further.

In the lesser-trod world of Chrissy’s paintings you can catch a glimpse of domestic façades forgotten – patched together fences, garden sheds, peeling paint, and abandoned sofas.

Bristol based Ceramic Artist, Martin Harman has a similar curiosity for historic built heritage.

Martin’s ceramics are inspired by his observations of the iconic monument Stone Henge. The mystery around the function of the structure is a starting point for Martin. He uses the unknowable to generate imaginative new shapes, full of possibility and curiousity – a method he utilises to create each individual sculpture. The results are categorised into any number of themes including clouds, organic architecture and personal experience.

The making process consists of a combination of singular shapes that are cut up and joined together to create a new form. These components are thrown on the potter’s wheel using traditional throwing skills and combined with slab-built individual parts.

Speaking about his work, Martin said: “My sculpture is intended to invite new ways of seeing and experiencing. It allows viewers the opportunity to evoke their own curiosity through questioning the meaning behind the work.”

Head down to Studio Eleven to see this insightful, revealing body of work from these two diverse artists.

Sites Unseen will be on show from Wed 24 Jan to Sun 11 Mar. Studio Eleven is open Wed – Sun.