Open Art Collective’s ‘Time’ exhibition takes you on a journey from the past into the future, from memory to imagination. Time is something that we all experience in different ways.
Open Art Collective artists have taken this broad-ranging theme as their starting point. Their exhibition at The Lightbox Gallery in Woking from 5th – 17th February 2019, questions our relationship to the notion of time and the influence it has on our lives. In a period of fast-paced lives, evolving family structures and multi-generational societies, time is an important issue to explore.
Featuring eleven artists from across the South East, this inaugural exhibition for Open Art Collective includes drawing, photograms, photography and mixed media. Each artist has developed a distinctive and personal response to their experience of time.
Drawings with loose, delicate marks play with notions of memory and how it changes over time from childhood to adulthood. A series of portraits take us into a world of time travel; at first glance they appear historical, yet on close inspection small clues suggest this might not be the case.
Another artist uses what she describes as some of the most unremarkable photographs from her deceased father-in-law’s collection. Intricate patterns cut into each image give them a new life, showing both disappearing memories and the continuing love with which they are held within the family.
These are just some of the very different creative responses to time that are included in the exhibition.