Monday, 20 September 2010

Our Current Show...'Samboosluga' Collage by Phil Cooper and Digital Prints by Sammy Merry

To kick off our new blog, we'd like to introduce you to the latest show at Art in the Underbelly. Its been our best received and attended show to date and showcases the work of Phil Cooper and Sammy Merry.

United by an interest in collage, found images, illustration and graphic design Sammy Merry and Phil Cooper explore similar but individual themes throughout their work. Sammy's work wanders through a Poland that sits uneasily in front of its communist past, stops briefly in a disbanded utopian estate deep within the Krakow suburbs before leaving with the sounds of eastern European music ringing in his ears and the residue of post-communist art and architecture in his mind. Phil Cooper's speaks through commercial, artistic and ritualistic forms of communication but always leaves an ambiguity that leads the audience to make their own way towards a hidden centre that is shrouded in elements of astronomy and nature.

For their show, Phil created collage works directly onto the walls of the Underbelly in response to several of Sammy's framed digital prints thus uniting both the finished pieces and the processes used to create them. An accidental alignment of colour occured when the work was completed, with Phil's collage colour scheme almost perfectly matching the Underbellys wall and ceiling colours. To see more photos of the exhibition, head over to our Facebook page or why not come down and see the work in the flesh?

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