Every few years Bocs organises a show of most recent work created by Bocs Members. The last show that exhibited work by Bocs Members happened in December 2012 - exactly two years ago, and was the first show to be shown at Bocs’s new premises. Two years later, in 2014, we are exhibiting work by 6 Bocs Members: Cathryn Griffith, Dion Hamer, Rebecca F. Hardy, Nader Kohbodi, Catrin Menai, Sarah McEachran, and Yvonne Tsang, all of whom have been members for a significant amount of time. This exhibition the brings members together again and gives an opportunity to see the evolution of their work over the course of the last 2 years. Along with presenting the current work of our members, this exhibition also connects us to the past and to the future of both Bocs and its members. This isn’t a retrospective, but we can look back and look forward and see where we were, where we are, and where we can be.
The work is a selection of screenprints made earlier this year. I have worked with collage, layers, and colour previously, and it has felt natural to begin producing work using this technique. The pieces explore balance, structure, and composition and they are mostly a result of experimentation and are not a part of a planned process.
Cathryn is an artist living and working in North Wales. She works with a variety of media, predominantly with collage and layering. Her work often references elements of architecture and aspects of childhood memories.
Hamer explores human relationship to its environment, with the physical relationship often being a great interest, experimenting with scale and perception with the intention of engaging human senses. Memory is central to his practice, with the mundane memory of the everyday being as equally important as the significant ones.
Hamer primarily works in the medium of film, though often its viewing source or surroundings; whether it being televisions, built installations or specific sites, are integral to the work.
Dion Hamer lives and works in Rhosgadfan, he received his BA (hons) from Glyndwr University, Bangor in 2012. Since graduating he has exhibited in a number of shows, including Blinc Digital Arts Festival, Adain/Avion, Haus of Helfa and had his first solo show with Bocs in 2012. Hamer has been selected for Welsh Artist of the Year 2012, shortlisted for Galeri Open 2012 and was part of World Skills London 2011.
Rebecca F. Hardy
The contemplation of the human mind, the conduct of human nature, its behaviour to perform consciously and subconsciously and the complexity of these emotions upon the individual and within society. This is Rebecca’s visual exploration and journey into understanding the dense sociology, psychology and biology of this process.
She works in a range of materials and projects, from mixed media, collage, sculpture, installations and photography. She continues channeling, experimenting, expressing, exploring and playing with her new found language, revisiting materials like wax, clay, and varnish and in bedding and marrying them with found objects and drawings.
Within the past 8 years Rebecca has been involved in several group exhibitions in London and in Wales. Selected exhibitions include Repeat & Reprise, East Gallery, London; Wunderlust ll, tactileBOSCH, Cardiff, Galeri Open 2014, Galeri, Caernarfon and the social art engagement project I Know You, You Can Come With Me, Oriel Wrecsam. In 2014 she had her second solo exhibition ‘neuroanatomy’ which she exhibited in all three galleries in Bocs, Caernarfona nd collaborated with seven female British artists, and at the beginning of 2015 she will be exhibiting new work in her solo show in Oriel 2, Oriel Wrecsam.
The images Mr Kobo creates contain strong symbolic elements and are typically orientated around a central character.
Some of his works express his personal experiences in life, whilst others are based upon inspiring myths and legends. Many are also heavily influenced by the people he has met throughout his journey through life. Drawing influences from art forms such as the Graphic Arts and Graffiti to art movements such as Pop Surrealism & Art Nouveau, his work treads the borders between fine art and illustration.
Mr Kobo (Nader Kohbodi) is a local visual artist based in the beautiful Snowdonia region of North Wales, who is quickly gaining recognition for his unique and imaginative artwork.
Although with an academic background in computer visualisation, having graduated from the NCCA (National Centre for Computer Animation), in recent years Mr Kobo has chosen to focus instead on more traditional methods.
The change in medium initially arose after an extensive period of travel, subsequent to his academic studies, where he regained a passion for more traditional art forms. This ideal was strengthened as he found himself more at ease with the physical process of drawing as opposed to digital creation, appreciating the texture of paper, the effervescence of colour, shades, tones and true lines that can only be obtained when working by hand.
“Closed place. All needed to be known for say is known. There is nothing but what is said. Beyond what is said there is nothing”. -Closed Space, Samuel Beckett
I am interested in the nature of language, documentation, and the underlying questioning of how narrative and storytelling exists privately and publicly in the spatial and the temporal. Within the work there is a questioning of the relationship between images and information and how they configure and correspond with ourselves. The space in between this configuration, the ‘ecstasy of the gap’, is often where I land: a multidimensional plane where disappearance and loss coincide with romance and fiction.
Catrin Menai is a multi-disciplinary artist who is based in North Wales. Menai creates multi layered works that explore the nature of language and documentation and the underlying questioning of how narrative and storytelling exists privately and publicly in the spatial and the temporal.
With this series I took an old idea and came at it from a different angle. Some time ago I was looking for photos of old Victorian dolls but came across these peculiar stiff photos of people, I took a look and realised these people were dead and that they were “memento more”. I was shocked to find this practice but I delved deeper and found a very sad truth, people could not afford a photo of their loved ones in life. These photos were cherished for a long time. It made me realise that this generation has been spoilt, photography is now a throw away commodity, we can take photos anywhere and share them everywhere. Even the word “selfie” is now in the dictionary. It also made me think of the class divide. Only the wealthy could afford photography, the middle to lower class only could afford them as “memento more” and the working class could not afford it at all. Now with the economy in crisis are we slipping back to a class divide?
Sarah McEachran is a young artist living in Caernarfon. She has studied in Coleg Menai in Bangor and graduated from UWIC in Cardiff BA Fine Art degree.
She paints self-portraiture as a means to help figure out where she stands in society. She has painted portraits of herself in contrasting attire, that expresses different sides of my personality. For example one of my pieces concentrated on my “girly” side since in person it is the least visibly apparent aspect of myself.
From an interest in capturing personalities I paint portraiture of other people. I usually paint people I know very well because I want the viewer to know them as I do through looking at my paintings.
Memory plays an important part in my work by helping me to visualise the character of the person I am painting.
The manipulation paper as a medium in its own right has been something that has passed down to me as traditional and cultural heritage, through paper folding and papercuts. A lifetime of use hasn’t diminished my pleasure when using this material that demands slow, meditative, and precise manipulations. I find the tactile quality of paper and its versatile nature immensely fascinating; it can be folded and cut with mathematical precision into the hard angular structures of Richard Sweeney; Mia Pearlman uses it to create giant soft, delicate and billowing forms; the apparently simple act of cutting and layering pieces of paper can produce startlingly diverse pieces from Anish Kapoor’s Wound, through Noriko Ambe’s organic topography to Jen Stark’s explosion of colour; it can even achieve spectacular movement through employing paper engineering techniques as evidenced by the kinetic sculptures of Mattew Shlian.
Using geometric structures that act as visual interruptions to break down, distort and reconstruct the space, this piece draws a great deal of inspiration from the work of Georges Rousse. Whilst his work culminates in a forced single-perspective photograph, I am taking a more anamorphic approach in which the viewer first perceives distorted clutter but as they actively view the space from different perspectives they will eventually find the sweet spot themselves. The point at which the chaos becomes clear in one convergent moment depicts the collision of engineering and art; where structured geometry meets sensual organic curves, capturing that delicate space in between where one becomes the other.
Materials: Paper, card, glue
Yvonne Tsang is a designer living in Caernarfon and working in Bocs. Whilst her family were originally from Hong Kong, Yvonne was born and raised in North Wales. She studied Artificial Intelligence at Sheffield University, but soon turned her hand to art and design upon her return to Wales.