CONNERSMITH is very pleased to announce "Nothing Lasts Forever" a two-artist exhibition of new painting by Julie Roberts and new sculpture by Kenny Hunter. The friendship between these Scottish artists began in 1988 at the Glasgow School of Art, grew in the days of the Glasgow Conceptual Art Scene, and endures to the present day. Roberts and Hunter conceived the works for this exhibition around the theme of childhood.
"I want to open up the theme of childhood, the tensions between nature verses nurture, dreams and fears, playfulness and cruelties. I want the artworks to set these dualities at a depth that resonates with the viewer and addresses these aspects without sentimentality." - Kenny Hunter
"I have trained my focus on children whose early start in life has been one of turbulence, whether forced upon them by war or family circumstances (reflecting my own difficult per-school years occasionally spent in institutional care). Not all of the stories will have a happy ending, but for those who do achieve some kind of successful adult life, it will say much for their inbuilt resilience." - Julie Roberts
The title of the show, "Nothing Lasts Forever," suggests that despite adversity there is always hope, yet, it also reminds us that youth is fleeting. That sense of open-endedness reflects the appeal of these new works, many of which, convey a sense of uncertainty or transition in imagery including: a homeless family in a shabby lodging house, two orphaned girls kneeling and praying beside dormitory beds in an austere British Orphanage, a boy holding a real gun, and cat perched atop a discarded microwave. Together, Roberts' paintings and Hunters sculptures create narratives of childhood memories, some are warm, but others are difficult, placing children in the roles of rehearsing for the real challenges that lie ahead in the adult world.
Hunters's works may be seen: (selected)
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland, The Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, Scotland, the British School in Athens, Greece.
Robert's works may be seen in the following collections: (selected)
Tate Britain, London, UK, The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC, The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Scotland, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, Aberdeen, Scotland, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv, Israel, Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris, France, Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, The Indianapolis Art Museum, Indianapolis, USA, Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Oporto, Portugal, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT USA.
Hunter and Roberts will discuss this new work, Saturday, October 27th @ 5pm.
There will be an opening night reception at CONNERSMITH. on Saturday, 27th from 6 - 8pm.
Artists in attendance.