Lubaina Himid is The 2017 Turner Prize winner.
Lubaina is Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire. During the past 30 years she has exhibited widely, both in Britain and Internationally, with solo shows that include Tate St Ives, Transmission Glasgow, Chisenhale London, Peg Alston New York and St Jorgens Museum in Bergen, Lubaina represented Britain at the 5th Havana Biennale and has shown work at the Studio Museum in New York, Track 17 in Los Angeles, the Fine Art Academy in Vienna and the Grazer Kunstverein.
Himid’s work can be found in public collections including Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum, The Whitworth Art gallery, Arts Council England, Manchester Art Gallery, The International Slavery Museum Liverpool, The Walker Art Gallery, Birmingham City Art Gallery, Bolton Art Gallery, New Hall Cambridge and the Harris Museum and Art Gallery Preston.
Katheryn is a printmaker and book artist specialising in pointillist drawings of the natural world. She works primarily from zoological and botanical specimens using either drawings or lithography. The artists books Katheryn creates are published under Old Bear Press with 2 other artists.
I make whatever comes into my head immediately, this spirals out of control until I end up immersed in my work. I work similar to how children create and play – whatever comes into their mind as a thing to make inhabits their being. The fun I experience when making causes explosions of energy, creating everything from animals to vehicles in ten minutes. I just make things intuitively, my work celebrates the vague and the imperfect, and it has a charm that makes people smile. I live in the work and become part of it; it is an extension of me.
For Art Zoo Rob will be making rubbings of 3D objects such as old cameras.
Making a rubbing enables the object to imprint itself using itself. Using unique materials he developed himself, Rob Mullender makes rubbings of three dimensional objects – trying to capture all their details from all directions, producing an unreliable map of the object’s surfaces. When flattened out and displayed these ‘skins’ look something like x-rays or blue-prints made using a long forgotten photographic method. He prefers making rubbings of old cine-cameras and sound recorders because they were often beautifully made and the various wheels, levers, knobs and dials seem to suit the final images. But also because they are considered ‘dead’.
In antiquity, the Roman philosopher Lucretius proposed that everything we see consisted of atom-thin skins which flew off of objects in rapid succession and entered our eyes. Ghosts, he claimed, were the flying ‘skins’ of people or animals that had gone astray. Rob Mullender’s rubbings of ‘obsolete’ media equipment looks at this rather strange idea from a material perspective – making ghost-skins of now dead apparatuses once designed to capture images or sounds themselves.
My interdisciplinary creative practice examines the way we look at spaces; social, physical and emotional. Exploring how structure, colour, form and language effects our perception and judgement and sets our cultural landscapes.
The dismantling, constructing and re-assembling of information via collage, sculpture and photography, aims to interrupt the semiotic landscape via a series of creative interventions, generating an opportunity for imagery, colour and language to develop new identities and meaning.
Works offer the viewer the potential to engage their everyday associations and knowledge of image, language and colour to challenge behavioural attitudes towards ways of seeing and interpreting visual stimuli.
By disrupting what is familiar the parameters of function, understanding and value shift allowing the opportunity to create new definitions.
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