Gallery stage set for 'theatrical' exhibition
Moments of invention and improvisation are captured on huge canvases that will dominate a new exhibition at Black Swan Arts Centre in Frome.
Artist Christopher Bucklow's new exhibition will not be confined to the walls, helping to create a 'behind the scenes' theatrical experience.
Clive Whalley, who is curating the 'Talking about Painting' show for the Black Swan, said: "We wanted to recreate the feel of Christopher's studio which is a bit like going into a theatrical backroom with these canvases like stage sets you walk around.
"So in the gallery you'll snake through the canvases, some of which will run down the middle of the room, and as you make your way around these blind alleys and corners you might come across a TV or video projection showing Christopher talking about the work.
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"We wanted to create a totally different experience, where people feel immersed in the work."
Christopher, who has a studio in Frome, echoed the theatrical theme as he described the work on show.
He said: "The paintings show figures in action, as though you'd asked actors on a stage to freeze in the middle of a scene. The implication is that there is a story that's gone on before this moment and a story that goes on afterwards
"The accompanying films that Clive has made shows our discussions about the paintings. This idea of having a 'thought process' about a painting is interesting because that makes it seem like something conscious that you intend to do."
Talking about Painting opens on Saturday, March 23 and the exhibition is free.