AGIP is pleased to present the work of three artists, Judith Symons, Constance Johnson and Wuon-Gean Ho, who all make prints. Comprising a number of new works produced in the studio where they create, in East London Printmakers, they each bring their unique vision and sensibility to the artists' print.
The work of Judith Symons is based on fleeting observations of people in the world around her: people lost in their own thoughts on public transport, or enjoying a drink in the local cafe. Her descriptions of these people is an intimate portrait of strangers, who, unposed, express their personalities through body language and dress, as well as forming a representation of a wider social study of life in London. The stillness of each magnifies the sense of emotional isolation that is common in the big city, yet they are depicted with a sensitivity and warmth that speaks of an empathic understanding of each.
Constance Johnson's prints explore the balance of colour and movement through space. Using sunny colours and an unerring rhythm, her abstract prints juxtapose contrasting patterns that remind the viewer of a sense of musical improvisation. Using overlapping plates and subtle tonal shadows, Johnson says that her works are like windows that 'appear to encompass entire worlds.' The playful nature of the variations and reiterations appear like a sophisticated game; the clear colours create a sense of an emotional language, combined in various phrases and conversations.
Wuon-Gean Ho's prints encompass a range of narratives from her personal life, made into scenic tableaux with wry humour. Packed with characters, the prints cover topics such as cell phone addiction, body identity, ageing, death, and dream-like worlds. Her self-portrait intrudes upon many of the images, commenting and directing attention. Even though they come from direct observation, the figures have been arranged in such a way as to play iconic and symbolic roles. The nature of their interaction is as much the focus of the work as their visual punchlines.
In very simple terms, an original artists' print is made by the construction of a matrix which receives ink that is then pressed onto the paper. Conni makes a range of different matrices that all slot together to make a dazzling array of images. Judith and Wuon-Gean both work chiefly with linocut: areas which are carved do not print; and areas left untouched remain to tell the story. All three artists make prints boldly and expressively, exploiting the process to create a rich diversity of work. The title, Outside In, makes a comment on the direction of the gaze that each artist presents.
Outside In runs from 1 Nov to 4 Marcgh 2018
Address: 1 Fairbridge Road N19 3EW
Opening event on 19th Nov, 6 pm,
with a short presentation by the artists
Closing event on 4th March at 6 pm
For more information, or to contact the artists directly, please message
I am interested in balance and movement through space. By using bold
colours, pattern, and line and by experimenting with the juxtaposition of
contrasting and clashing colours and patterns I try to make small formats
appear to encompass entire worlds.
Prints are by nature 2D but in my recent work I have tried to create 3D
qualities by using multiple nesting or overlapping plates and shadows.
These create windows within windows that can be interpreted