Wednesday 18 February 2015

Lisa Howes - Flat Pack

Flat Pack in front of Girl with a Dolphin
Welcome to the Dwell exhibition and book. For a whole month we will be taking each artist's page and transforming it into a 3 dimensional dwelling. Each one of these small sculptures will be exhibited in public on the London streets. 

Today's artist is Lisa Howes, exhibiting with Collect Connect for the first time, and we are very pleased to include her in the Dwell Book and Exhibition. Lisa graduated from Coventry University in the 90's where she made large abstract paintings. From Coventry Lisa settled in Leytonstone and then Walthamstow before heading South of the river. Lisa continues to paint and draw.
This painting is part of a series of explorations of the colour blue and has a map like quality. The title 'Satellite' suggest an aerial view point and the double yellow lines pulls us into a much closer perspective as though we are stood on the curb. The biomorphic forms are survivors from Lisa earlier works and seem to float like clouds and puddles in the space between the yellow lines and the blue grid.
Lisa's net, 'Flat Pack' is photographed here in front of the sculpture, 'Girl with a Dolphin' (David Wynne 1973) just by Tower Bridge.
The Arch in the Net
The clever title of Lisa's sculpture refers to the net itself (all nets are flat packs) and also to the world of flat pack furniture and flat pack houses and homes. It reminds me of watching modern skyscrapers being constructed from huge pre fabricated structures. Flat Pack is our only net with an arch and this is an ambitious component to the work and one that needs careful attention to make properly. The curved form of the drawing for the net has a lovely rhythmic as seen here in this detail from Lisa page in the book.

We look forward to seeing more of Lisa's art works in future Collect Connect Exhibitions.


Don't forget to have a look at the next Collect Connect project, 'The Art of Caring' exhibition at The Rose Theatre in Kingston-upon-Thames. The theme is Caring/Care and it is FREE to enter.

To buy the Dwell Book for £6 then follow this LINK.

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