Pete’s metaphor will get you thinking

Pete Thornley's new artistic piece, is now being displayed in Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. The art is titled 'All we are not stares back at what we are'. NNL-140831-190644009
Pete Thornley's new artistic piece, is now being displayed in Rugby Art Gallery & Museum. The art is titled 'All we are not stares back at what we are'. NNL-140831-190644009

Respected artist Pete Thornley is staging a thought provoking exhibition at Rugby Museum and Art Gallery.

He is a Rugby-based artist and his practice involves use of multi-media to produce installations - both gallery and public - that include sound, light and projected image.

Pete, the artist behind the projections at Rugby Cement tower, said: “These pieces are designed to dislocate the viewer/spectator from their own reality in an enveloping sensorial experience.

“My work has resonances with art history, especially my photographs.”

His images are not re-touched – any marks made in the process remain.

His latest piece is called “All we are not stares back at what we are” and features a 1.3 metre roll of ultra white photographic paper unrolled to a length of six metres.

It is suspended vertically in the space in the RAGM Foyer, and opened on September 1.

“As with my other pieces this work is a metaphor,” said Pete.

“This time, for the enormity of the process of creating a work of art, the blank sketchbook, canvass and the making and creation of that first mark or concept.”

He said the surface looks vast and looks back at the artist, mocking his or her attempts to make the first line, daub or word.

“The title of the piece is a quote by W H Auden and admirably captures my above statement,” Pete added.

“These works have created debate since Marcel Duchamp exhibited ‘Fountain’ a men’s urinal in a gallery in 1917 signed R Mutt.”

Jess Litherland, senior exhibitions officer at RAGM said: “We are very pleased to present this new ready made to our visitors, the final work in a thoughtful trilogy of pieces. This work allows us all a moment to pause and consider the creative artistic process of starting with a blank page and its myriad possibilities.”