As part of EXHIBIT gallery’s ongoing White Walls Project, NO WAY is pleased to present ‘All Those Things That Make My Eyes Blink’, a solo exhibition by Katy Binks.
From the clean, geometric, ‘heartily hued paintings’ (The Independent) Katy Binks has created a new body of screenprints, that rather than seeking calm and order, embrace the confusion of visual stimuli we are confronted with in the modern city, and progresses towards sensory extremes. What is in essence black paint on white paper, lines and shapes, is perceived entirely differently. The viewer sees foreground and background, shapes trapped or hovering between the two, suggesting depth and space – but the presence of white borders draws your attention back to the fact that those are not spaces but images in themselves.
“It’s actually the things I detest, I don’t like all those things that make my eyes blink” said David Hockney in response to ‘The Responsive Eye’ an exhibition of Op art presented at MOMA in 1965. Praised by others as ‘supremely democratic’, the trompe-d’oeil effect with its direct physiological impact, that Hockney detested can be traced in Katy’s new series.
Living in Peckham, the African batik and Dutch wax prints the artist encounters daily inform the aesthetics of a new series of large-scale screenprints. These are presented alongside a series of black and white works, three dimensional forms that meet on two dimensional planes: conceptually, the works address the theories and questions solicited by Abstraction and Optical art of the 60s, as “an inquiry into the very nature of vision, a shift from a focus on the objective world of appearance to the subjective realm of experience” (Dave Hickey).
Heygate Estate // Screenprint
Junction // Mural
A bespoke hand printed wallpaper.
Smiths Row, Bury St Edmonds // Exhibition
To Start a Conversation Across a Crowded Room: Contemporary British Printmaking.
‘To Start a Conversation Across a Crowded Room’ brings together seven artist printmakers whose work highlight the prominence of print within the contemporary artwork.
Responding to previous generations who established printmaking as a primary means of expression akin to painting or sculpture, these artists challenge the perception of set disciplines and associated techniques, through experimental and often interdisciplinary approaches.
Through diverse use of material and processes which include paper and wood cut to large-scale installation, the works on display are informed by a shared interest in sculptural, physical and three dimensional elements within contemporary printmaking. A site-specific commission by emerging artist Katy Binks will transform part of the gallery space through a sculptural installation, whilst a public commission by Adam Bridgland will be sited outside of the gallery.
A new print portfolio featuring the work of the exhibiting artists has been commissioned to accompany the exhibition.
Katy Binks, Adam Bridgeland, Fiona Hepburn, Sophie Smallhorn, Tim Philips, Katsu Yuasa and Sarah Bridgland.