Sat, Jun 26, 2021 to Sat, Jul 31, 2021
Mon-Fri, 10-4pm and Sat, 11-3pm
The Smallprint Company
2-3 Friary Street
Price: Free

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The Smallprint Company
Friary Villas 2+3 Friary Street
07806 782109

Ordinary People

Wood engravings and artists books by Rob Chapman which explores ordinary people and the oppressions they can face.

About this event
Join us for 'Meet the Artist' with Rob Chapman who will be on hand for 2 afternoons to chat about his work and processes.
The gallery is operating under current covid-19 guidelines and timeslots will need to be booked in advance for these events. There is a maximum of 6 people allowed at any one time.

‘Ordinary People’ by Rob Chapman represents the fate of ordinary people at the hands of those whose desire for power is greater than their compassion for, or even their consideration of those people. With a time frame of less than one hundred years it nevertheless can be seen to represent the actions of the powerful on their subject populations throughout history.

It is simply wrong that one person’s ambition can be sufficient excuse for the suffering and death of the people they have governance over or have imposed their will upon. Furthermore, the oppression of those with differing religious, racial, political, sexual, origins or beliefs has happened in the past, is happening now and appears set to continue into the future.

The work consists of wood engravings which are made in looser and in some ways, with more experimental approaches that I have been working towards recently. Whilst much of the work conforms to the usual editioned, wall hung approach I have found that the production of multiple prints enables me to explore different ways of presenting the image. The combination or separation of images causes them to be viewed in a variety of ways – as individuals, as groups united in suffering, of masses of movement, for example, and the presentation of work outside the frame enables a greater intimacy with the viewer; in other words, I can play around with images in different formats to find out what they say to me, as well as the observer. Thus, the subject can be seen and read in varying versions according to how the same images are presented.

The exhibition runs between 26 June and 31 July. The gallery is open 10-4, Monday - Friday and 11-3 on Saturdays (12-4pm for Meet the Artist events).

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