14 September - 2 November 2019
Stella Benjamin: WEAVER
An exhibition of hand dyed rugs woven on a Navajo loom
Edges are subtly dislocated or adorned with tassels, jaunty little excrescences that marry the rugs to their surroundings as a tree or spire links earth to sky in a landscape.
These seven new examples have all the hallmarks of Stella’s inimitable style, but speak with an authority that perhaps even she has not attained before. This is an artist working with supreme confidence at the very height of her powers.
The rugs may be abstract in design, but there is nothing coldly analytical about them. On the contrary, they have a wonderful warmth and humanity, even a touch of humour. Visually and intellectually satisfying, gratifying our need for aesthetic delight, they also prove sympathetic when we crave rest or solace. They are like dearly loved, wise and understanding friends, the kind we are glad to see whatever our mood knowing they will never disappoint us.
John Christian, 2013
5 May - 2 November 2019
In Other Words, Darling is a new sculptural installation featured in the wild flower meadow at Kestle Barton this season.
‘In Other Words, Darling (2019) goes around in circles and asks you to do the same. Responding to social distance and collective detachment with a structure which suggests infinite devotion and celebrates intimacy, compassion, kissing, friendship and the shape and dance of togetherness.’ (Georgia Gendall 2019)
Georgia Gendall is an artist and gardener living and working in Penryn, Cornwall. Her multidisciplinary practice is often satirical, sometimes immersive and frequently inconclusive. Her use of sculptures, performances and videos examines our empirical relationship with our immediate environment often through creating poetic and futile solutions to hypothetical problems.
Recent shows include: In Other Words, Darling (solo show), Auction House, Redruth (2019), also also also, Whitstable Biennale, Whitstable (2018), Structures, Newlyn Art Gallery, Newlyn (2018), Nawki, East Bristol Contemporary, Bristol (2017), Did You Pack Your Bag Yourself, Buggy Factory, New York, (2016), Brought Objects, Voidoid Archive, Glasgow (2016), 007, East Bristol Contemporary, Bristol (2016). Gtg (debut solo show, 2016), The 90 Clifden Gallery, London (2016). Unannounced Acts of Publicness, Granary Square, London, (2015).