Exploring mental and physical space in art

Andrew Smith with 'Water Bombs' and HughMarwood  with 'Map 3'
Andrew Smith with 'Water Bombs' and HughMarwood with 'Map 3'

An exhibition exploring the relationship between physical and mental spaces opens at the Floor One gallery at Rugby Art Gallery & Museum next week.

Mental Mapping is an exhibition of recent work by Andrew Smith, from Birmingham, and Hugh Marwood, from Leicester.

It includes paintings by each artist, with Andrew’s digital prints, Hugh’s concrete-mounted photographs, and a joint video collaboration.

Andrew’s paintings are described as “landscapes of the mind” and often develop from his own still life photography. A spokesman said: “Their confusing sense of scale suggests we might be able to move around amongst their strangely focused contents”.

His digital prints combine photographic images with line drawing, paint drips, and various other marks.

The spokesman added: “They depict certain places, but also suggest the thoughts and feelings one might have there, and the possible influence of literature or music.”

Hugh’s paintings are more abstract, but include sections of street maps and written phrases relating to specific locations in Leicester.

Incorporating torn advertising posters, and the mixed messages of signs, advertising, road markings, or graffiti, he believes they suggest the unexpected ideas that might arise in these places.

His Cement Cycle photographs show various concrete-related features on his cycle commutes to and from work, and explore the unpredictable ways a city-dweller might experience and memorise their surroundings.

He says that Rugby’s Cemex plant has “haunted his imagination” since the opportunity to exhibit there arose, and he was keen to connect this project with the material it produces.

The exhibition runs from Monday June 8 to Thursday June 18. The gallery is open from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday, from 9am to 5pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10am to 4pm on Saturday.

To accompany the exhibition, Andrew and Hugh have made a short video, entitled Orfeo. It can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-HkyrP72hQ

Visit www.ragm.org.ukor call 01788 533201 for details.