Tim_Steward_Oxford_SkylineWhat do you love about Oxford? Is it that misty view of dreaming spires from afar, or the hustle and bustle of Broad Street? O3 Gallery and Oxford Castle Quarter are launching a new and exciting arts opportunity, the Oxford Art Prize, in order to pose that very question. Focussing on a selection of integral spaces and views within Oxford, both historic and contemporary, this open art competition is set to celebrate Oxford city’s unique culture, natural beauty and heritage. On Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th June 2015 artists will bring their own sketchbooks, paper, boards and canvases to previously allocated locations within Oxford and then work ‘en plein air’ (in the open air), creating a dynamic flurry of visible artistic activity across the city.

As well securing entry into a major selling exhibition in Oxford city, split between the O3 Gallery at Oxford Castle Quarter and the Town Hall Gallery on St Aldates, participating artists are also in the running for a number of impressive prizes. The artist winning first prize will walk away with an award of £5000 cash and the first runner-up will receive use of the idyllic Lifeboat Art Studio in Porthleven, Cornwall, plus luxury accommodation for two. In addition to this, a number of local businesses will choose their own winners, allocating a series of prizes ranging from a slap up family meal to a bottle of something lovely. This exciting opportunity is open to artists of all ages and locations, and work created in all 2D mark-making media will be accepted.  Participating artists may complete their art work at home or in studios before submission at the end of August 2015. The judged exhibition and sale of work will take place between Saturday 29th August and Sunday 13th September 2015.

The competition opens for registration on 27th February 2015 and registration will close on 8th May 2015. Adult entries cost £25 for the first work, £15 for a second entry (maximum of 2 entries per person) and children’s entries cost £5 (maximum of 1 entry per child). Entry forms can be downloaded here

Final_logos_oblongThe Oxford Art Prize is presented by O3 Gallery and Oxford Castle Quarter in association with Experience Oxfordshire, Oxford Preservation Trust, Oxford City Council, Oxfordshire Artweeks, and Eye Division. Prize sponsors include The Trevor Osborne Charitable Trust, Porthleven Holiday Cottages, The Old Lifeboat House Art Studio, 1855 Wine Bar, The Slug and Lettuce Restaurant and The Swan and Castle Pub.

Josh Rose

Josh Rose

We are particularly excited by our latest exhibition ‘BEST SERVED STONE COLD’ which presents two early-career artists who both explore different aspects of contemporary consumer culture through the shared visual language of ‘pop’ imagery. United by their street-wise graphics and tongue-in-cheek appropriated slogans, Lucy Foakes and Josh Rose offer a wry alternative to still life painting and decorative ceramics.

Best Served Stone Cold

Best Served Stone Cold

Josh Rose, a local Oxford artist, furniture maker and independent business owner; is inspired by the bold and graphic images of street art and graffiti culture from across the globe. Mixing these ideas with traditional printing techniques such as screen printing and letter press, and art and craft influences from as early as the 16th century, Rose’s work is an exciting and eclectic amalgamation of interest.

Expect a bright colour palette, bold, graphic slogans and a Warhol-esque celebration and repetition of recognisable objects (Part-Worn tyres anyone?). Rose is fascinated by the relationship between 2D and 3D forms; and his work seems to magically float in front of O3 gallery’s grey stone walls heightening this intriguing aspect of his work. Through his work, Rose invites you to ‘Observe Greatly’ and find beauty amongst the everyday normality of life.

Detail from 'Queen's English' series by Josh Rose

Detail from ‘Queen’s English’ series by Josh Rose

Bristol-based ceramics and mixed-media artist Lucy Foakes’ work sits wonderfully with that of Josh Rose. Her interest in ancient Egyptian history and modern celebrity culture seems like an unusual pairing on paper. But her ‘Contemporary Can-opics’ are vessels created as a memory to celebrities. Inspired by ancient Egyptian canopic jars, which held the lungs, liver, stomach and intestines of Pharaohs after death, these beautifully crafted ceramics by Foakes metaphorically contain the organ(s) of the deceased – more specifically the organs relating to their death.

'Can-opics' by Lucy Foakes

‘Can-opics’ by Lucy Foakes

 

Iconic, troubled celebrities of the ’27 Club’ (those who died at the age of 27 – like Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain) are featured as subject matter. Combining traditional techniques with cutting-edge processes, Foakes’ intricate ceramic transfers describe the life and death of each celebrity in detail – even including a can of ‘Teen Spirit’…

'Cobain' by Lucy Foakes

‘Cobain’ by Lucy Foakes

These vessels are displayed alongside her metaphorical fizzy drink range; created for thirsty Pharaohs in the afterlife. These ‘Can-opic’ drinks come in many ‘flavours’, including lungs, liver, stomach and intestines.

The title Best Served Stone Cold makes reference to the instructions found on Lucy Foakes’ ceramic tin cans (the dead will forever be stone cold) and the authoritative tone of advertising signage and packaging as showcased by Josh Rose. It’s one cool exhibition.

Best Served Stone Cold runs until 15th March 2015 and all artwork is available to purchase. Both artists also have affordable merchandise for sale in our gallery shop – including letter press notebooks and prints from Josh Rose, and ceramic Egyptian amulets available to purchase interactively from a re-worked cigarette machine by Lucy Foakes. Josh and Lucy will also be visiting the gallery to complete a drop-in workshop, more details of which can be found here.

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Our new exhibition, KYMMATA: The gods for playmates, is a five day exhibition consisting of a busy and exciting programme of sound, installation artwork and performance.  KYMMATA challenges the ethereal dynamic that exists between artists and their practice. The project explores the unique idolatry formulated around the work that is produced and alludes to how the artwork itself can be seen to take on a personality, form and character. The theme also explores the idea of creative playfulness between ‘creator’ and ‘subject’, sculpting the amorphous clay of inquiry and rustling the leaves of one’s internal wilderness.

Stuart Fowkes

This exhibition has been curated by one of our Gallery Assistants, Lex Blintzios, a recent graduate of Oxford Brookes University’s MA in Contemporary Arts & Music. He has carefully selected a range of sound and visual artists, dancers and poets to collectively channel the processes and relationships they have with their muses. O3 Gallery will function as a hub and platform for this excursion into the oeuvre of creative dialoguing.

Kymmata takes its name from the Greek word for waves and ‘The gods for playmates’, is a phrase appropriated from the poem ‘Crow’s Playmates’ by Ted Hughes, which is originally part of a larger collection called ‘Crow’.

The exhibition comprises of two halves: From Wednesday 28th January to Friday 30th January there will be an exhibition of installation by Alex Allmont, Lee Riley, Martin Tanton and Kate Abolins. Cities and Memory by Stuart Fowkes will be playing throughout the exhibition. Cities and Memory is a global field recording & sound art work that presents both the present reality of a place, but also its imagined, alternative counterpart – remixing the world, one sound at a time. Check out the website here http://citiesandmemory.com/

On Saturday 31st January and Sunday 1st February, there will be a series of performances including Dance, music, sound and spoken word. Find the schedule below:

Kymmata: The gods for playmates: SCHEDULE

Saturday 31st

11am- 11.30pm Performance by Peta Lloyd

12pm- 12.30pm Performance by Craig Green

1pm- 2pm Performance by Oxford Improvisers

2.30pm- 2.50pm Performance by Efthymios Chatzigiannis

3.15pm-4pm Performance by Austin Sherlaw-Johnson and Stavroula Kounadea

Sunday

12.30pm-1pm Lee Riley and Macarena Ortuzar

1.30pm- 1.50pm Performance by Malcolm Atkins and When my Grandfather was a Fish

2pm- 2.20pm Performance by Kate Abolins

3pm- 3.30pm Set by John Harries (Lake Dysmal)

3.40pm- 4pm Set by Malcolm Atkins and When my Grandfather was a Fish

Exhibiting artists across the project include: Alex Allmont, Craig Green, Lee Riley, Macarena Ortuzar, Martin Tanton, Kate Abolins, Stavroula Kounadea, Austin Sherlaw-Johnson, John Harries (Lake Dysmal), Stuart Fowkes, Oxford Improvisers, Peta Lloyd, Mohan, Malcolm Atkins, Efthymios Chatzigiannis, Paola Esposito and Flavia Coube.

Find out more about the artists by clicking the links below:

http://www.alexallmont.com/

http://leeriley1.blogspot.co.uk/

https://mueoxford.wordpress.com/macarena-ortuzar/

http://www.mtanton.com/

http://www.lostfind.co.uk/artists/kate-abolins/

http://stavroulakounadea.com/

http://www.creativefieldrecording.com/2014/05/14/remixing-field-recordings-interview-with-cities-and-memorys-stuart-fowkes/

http://oxfordimprovisers.com/

http://www.petalloyd.co.uk/about-me/

http://www.auralevolutions.co.uk/

https://paolaesposito.wordpress.com/

http://www.malcolmatkins.com/

http://www.anadance.co.uk/

 

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Ceramic Bowl by Katherine Staples

Ceramic Bowl by Katherine Staples

 

Please tell me a little bit about yourself, how did you start making art?

I studied art and design at college when 1st leaving school and followed a fashion design route that led me to a successful career as a fashion buyer. During this time I still painted and made and sold handmade cards. Upon having my 1st child Harley I didn’t return to my career  as part time wasn’t an option in buying so when he started school, I studied my degree in Design Crafts where I specialised in ceramics and then a Masters in ceramics. I have continued to make my ceramic pieces since then.

 

By Katherine Staples

By Katherine Staples

Your bowls have such an unusual, tactile texture, how have you achieved this? How did you come across this process?

The volcanic glaze that I used on the pieces in the exhibition gives the wonderful texture. I came across the glaze whilst studying my degree, I’ve since experimented with it at different firing temperatures and adding colours that all react slightly differently to each other. I also like to use clays that have elements of grog in them which gives a textured feel and gives the clay strength when working in larger scale.

 

Photograph by Stu Allsopp

Photograph by Stu Allsopp

I understand that you draw inspiration from nature, is there anything in particular that inspired you for the bowls in this exhibition?

Seaweed pods inspired me especially for my forms. I have made many sketches and studied the pod shape looking at whole pods, popping them to reveal the internal and external space and the edges that are very important to me especially when creating large pieces. Larger pieces are added to using the traditional technique of coiling sausages of clay so the pieces grow and flow towards the tapered outside edges.

 

Are there any particular artists who influence you and your work?

Many ceramic artists and sculptors inspire me for different reasons, some for their use of texture, some for their scale, some for their originality:

Claudio Casanovas for texture and originality, Peter Randall-Page for his scale and nature inspirations, Eva Hild for her scale, forms, purity and flow, Marete Rasmussen for her flowing forms, Andy Goldsworthy for his originality and nature inspirations and Akiko Hirai and Gareth Mason for their use of slips and glazes.

 

By Katherine Staples

By Katherine Staples

 

It seems to me that you work in series, is this intentional or something that happens naturally?

When making large pieces I will often make 2 or 3 pieces together as I find that when working in this way they flow and sit together (and separately) better and each piece adds something to the other as I am creating them. A final series is not something that I consider at the start, the work evolves through the making process and often seems to develop from the subconscious.

 

I have noticed that all the bowls in this exhibition have been titled in such a way that includes the word ‘flow’, such as ‘Freeflow’ and ‘Flowing into the Light’. How do you come up with the titles for your works?

It is often difficult to name work, as I make each large piece it takes a lot of my energy and I often feel exhausted upon completion. Because of this each piece is very personal and for me holds my memories of that moment in time. My work is mainly organic with no straight lines, I love the edges to flow outwards creating this by either tapering the edges to a thinness that I hope draws the onlooker to look inside or the design of the piece has very flowing edges. The volcanic glaze reminds me of the flow of water, the bubbles on the edge waves at the edge of the sea, water that is constantly flowing and moving. Sometimes it reminds me of the volcanic flow of lava, again constantly moving.

Photograph by Stu Allsopp

Photograph by Stu Allsopp

 

Photograph by Stu Allsopp

Photograph by Stu Allsopp

 

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Katherine Staples Moon Bowl

The current exhibition at O3 Gallery is a spellbinding array of works, by various artists, all of whom have taken inspiration from the light of the moon. Artists include Rowena Brown, Finn Clark, Wuon-Gean Ho, Nicola Kerslake, Rie Marsden, Flora McLachlan, Morna Rhys, Catherine Rowe, Katherine Staples and Peter Vigors.

There is a varied use of medium and form on display, ranging from prints to ceramics, which have been carefully curated to form an enchanted, wintery, wonderland of artworks.

Moonlit landscapes and ethereal moon prints scatter the walls, enhancing the O3 Gallery’s textured grey stone walls, giving the appearance of craters on the surface of the moon. The unusual circular shape of the gallery also makes further reference to the moon, enhancing a unique viewing experience for the visitor.

On the lower level, teetered on plinths, heightening their fragility, are the works of Katherine Staples (pictured above). Taking inspiration from the natural world, capturing its energy, movement and forms, Katherine Staples has created highly texturized glazed bowls which allude to the crater-filled surface of the moon creating the illusion of being a piece of moon-rock. The bowls are shaped in such a fluid way which feels both familiar and alien at the same time.

Tide (iii)  by Nicola Kerslake

Tide (iii)
by Nicola Kerslake

 

Also on display are the Tide series of prints by Nicola Kerslake (pictured above). Utilising the energy and power of the tide, Nicola Kerslake, places metal plates in the sea and allows the force of the sea to scrape and mark the plates. The prints hold a unique quality that captures the wondrous link between the tide and the moon.

Over all, the O3 Gallery have created a mesmerising exhibition of affordable, ethereal artwork where visitors can experience the wonders of the moon and get lost in a mesmerising display of moonlit landscapes and enchanted winter forests. What is even better is that you can easily take pieces of the illusion back home with you as all the works are very reasonably priced.

 

Winter Moon exhibition 29th November 2014- 25th January 2015

 

 

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We’re very busy here at the O3 Gallery. We have got so many things for you to come and see, from dance performances to late night shopping events! Here is a quick update of What’s On and some dates for your diary. So get the pens ready…

 

It is the last week of our OUTLINES exhibition featuring works by Susan Wheeler, Colin Moore and Anna Dillon. This exhibition explores and celebrates the shapes and patterns created by the contoured landscape of the British countryside. It ends this Sunday 23rd November so don’t miss out!

 

Winter Moon Exhibition Launch and Late Night Shopping Event

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We are also getting ready for our future exhibition Winter Moon and Late Night Shopping Event which takes place on Saturday 29th November 5- 8pm. Winter Moon is a spellbinding exhibition of affordable ethereal artwork and gifts, inspired by the light of the moon. Featuring artwork by various artists, including: Katherine Staples, Flora McLachlan, Morna Rhys, Peter Vigors and Nicola Kerslake. So come and browse our selection of hand-picked ‘Art-Objects’ from the O3 Shop; including cards, ceramics, art prints, stationery and jewellery. There will be homemade mince pies, complimentary wine and goody bags too!

 

Late Night Shopping Event

However, if you can’t wait till then, we have another Late Night Shopping Event on Friday 21st November! So if you are out and about for the Oxford Christmas Light Festival then pop on by. We have lots and lots of exciting new stock, so if you’re looking for that special gift then look no further! We have a variety of unique art-led gifts for you to choose from this Christmas.

 

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We are very pleased to announce that we will be stocking origami decorations by Origami Est, new lines from established British jewellery company Tatty Devine, Literary inspired jewellery and cufflinks by Literary Emporium, plush screen printed dolls by Naked Lunge, smart classic stationery from Present and Correct, and much, much more! Be sure to “shop independent” this Christmas and help us to support British artists and designer-makers.

 

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Also this Friday 21st, we have the dance group, Body Politic, who will be performing their exciting and vibrant new work, fusing Hip-hop and Street dance, at 7pm and 7.50pm, outside the gallery. The piece was created as part of a Dancin’ Oxford project supported by MINI Plant Oxford. Plant Oxford’s support also enabled three community dance workshops to take place during Dancin’ Oxford’s Family Dance Week in October. Choreographed by Shannelle Fergus and Glenn Hudson the piece is bound to entertain and inspire…so don’t miss it!

 

Project: A Mural for Oxford Castle

 

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Also going on outside our doors this November is a mural by local illustrator Charlotte Orr. She has been commissioned to paint a themed mural in the Castle Yard at Oxford Castle and has been busy working on her ‘enchanted winter castle’ piece come rain or shine, and we’ve been charting her progress on our social media pages. We can’t wait for the result, it’s sure to be magical! Want to see more of Charlotte Orr’s work? Here is her website http://www.charlotteorr.com/

We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From the 1st to the 23rd November, O3 Gallery will be showcasing a collection of artworks exploring and celebrating the contours of the British countryside. This exciting exhibition will present three British artists’ work exploring the patterns, shapes and joyous colours of the landscape. The title: OUTLINES, is itself a reflection on how these works are linked together with their graceful lines and graphic arrangements of an almost topographical nature – with each artist presenting different responses; from colour palettes that are crisp and bright like the sea air, to subtle, settling and warm like the orange evening sun.

Oxfordshire-based artist Susan Wheeler’s traditional plate linocuts are bold and solid, with flowing lines which undulate to define landscapes and forms taken from nature. Work from Wheeler featured in the show has much local interest, and includes images of Didcot’s now demolished power station, the Vale of the White Horse and Wittenham Clumps. You have the chance to meet the artist Susan Wheeler in the gallery on Saturday 15th November, between 2-4pm when she will be demonstrating her skills as a printmaker.

By Susan Wheeler

By Susan Wheeler

Colin Moore was born in Scotland and now resides in Dorset. His graphic and contemporary lino prints use a limited colour palette and strong silhouettes. Moore’s work possesses structure and layers of close lines shape a pictorial style inspired by the sea and coastlines of the British Isles.

Lindisfarne by Colin Moore

Lindisfarne by Colin Moore

Local landscape artist Anna Dillon paints beautiful picturesque scenes with great depth, building up thin layers of oil paints gradually and slowly. Dillon has created three new and original artworks for OUTLINES which display her signature lush, bold and strong colour palette. A selection of Giclee prints and cards will also be for sale in the gallery throughout the exhibition.

The Devil's Punchbowl by Anna Dillon

The Devil’s Punchbowl by Anna Dillon

Bringing together these three contemporary artists, OUTLINES highlights the contoured forms of the British landscape, from the gently undulating Oxfordshire hills, to the striated skies of the Jurassic coastline, these images create a visual language of joyous colour and abridged form.

OUTLINES opens for an exhibition preview on Friday 31st October 6-8pm. Exhibition runs from 1st-23rd November 2014. Entry to the O3 Gallery is free. For more information visit our website:

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Regain by Jenny Newbury_2

The current exhibition at O3 Gallery is a collection of work from the ‘Bath Spa Porthleven Prize 2014′ under the exhibition title Porthleven: A Peripatetic Encounter. Back in May this year, five students from Bath Spa University undertook a ten day residency in Porthleven, Cornwall and have produced works inspired by the Cornish coast and the physical act of walking the landscape. The participating students: Lucinda Burgess, Emily Furnell, Fiona Haines, Sae Murai and Jennifer Newbury have skilfully woven together all aspects of their Porthleven experience to produce a “contemporary creative vision of this special location” and the exhibition runs at the O3 Gallery until Sunday 26th October 2014.

Whilst viewing the artworks, I began to link them together in my head, imagining my own ‘Peripatetic Encounter’ along an isolated beach in Cornwall. On my journey I see the beautiful seascape views in Jennifer Newbury’s photographs. I can hear running water as I walk on a hidden path that’s near a flowing river with nearby trees as presented in Fiona Haines’s layered medium-format photographs. When I see the rough, scratched lines and textured graphite work of Lucinda Burgess, I think of the irregular surfaces of rock that would surround me, walking on paths that have been trampled on by so many people who visit the same areas; damaged walls full of rooted cracks.

 

Various images by Fiona Haines

When I encountered the sculpture by Lucinda Burgess – consisting of ‘found’ objects from Porthleven, one encased in hand-blown glass; I imagined finding these objects discarded on the beach after the storms; damaged by weather exposure. Burgess’ second sculpture entitled ‘After the Storm’ consists of a rusty chain, from which a slice has been cut and polished revealing a shiny surface that gleams in the sun.

'After the Storm' by Lucinda Burgess

My personal favourite from the exhibition is ‘Contour (Legend)’ by Sae Murai, who has created an intricate French knitted map of Porthleven, appropriately set at the top entrance of the gallery for you to start your own journey around the gallery. Metal pins and thin thread are connected together making a delicately patterned blanket of lines. Pins are plotted with numbers that are given a text reference by creative writer Jennifer Newbury, and describes different occurrences at that point of their walk:

6. ‘A black flag made of bin liner shreds in the breeze.’

15. ‘Emily’s squeaky boots.’

A lovely documented piece that is beautifully presented.

'Contour (Legend)' by Sae Murai

This contemporary exhibition at the O3 Gallery compliments the modest space of the venue and is a great representation of student contemporary art. I hope it also acts as encouragement for others to create art based on their environment. This is a wonderful result from a great opportunity for these five Bath Spa students.

by Febby Mpundu

 

See the exhibition until Sunday 26th October.

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PHOTOGRAPHY OXFORD FESTIVAL ’14

Oxford is set to become a beacon on the world map of photography with Europe’s newest and most ambitious photography festival. From the 14th September for 3 weeks, 20 venues across the city of Oxford will be exhibiting the work of some of the world’s finest Photographers during The Photography Oxford Festival 2014.Reflexiones 08, Madrid 2013

The festival strives to make photography available to the widest possible audience in the region, bringing world class photography out of the confines of London and onto the beautiful historic street of Oxford.

Henry Fox Talbot, Britain’s pioneer of the photographic process, made some important early images in Oxford during the 19th century. It’s time to celebrate the city’s links with the beginnings of an art form that has become ever present in all our lives.
(Robin Laurance – director of Photography Oxford Festival)

The Photography Oxford Festival acts to stimulate debate and discussion through a programme of talks, debates, workshops, films and competitions that will run alongside the exhibitions. The Festival aims to raise awareness and an appreciation of the photographic arts to the level enjoyed by painting, sculpture and the other visual arts.

 

What to look out for:

The prestigious World Press Photo Exhibition 2014 making its UK debut in Oxford. The celebrated French photographer Bernard Plossu is exhibiting his work at the Maison Francaise – the first time he has exhibited in Britain.

The award-winning photographer Robin Hammond is showing his work about the decline of Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe; and Laura el-Tantawy will be showing her work on Egypt’s painful transition from the Mubarak era to the present day. Keble College will host an exhibition of work by the alumni of Dhaka’s Pathshala Institute.

Souvenirs is an exhibition that looks at how photographs have become the essential souvenir and more important even than just experiencing an occasion, while Designed to Deceive uncovers the artful propagandists, editors, politicians and photographers who have manipulated images both before and after the introduction of Photoshop.

 

The O3 Gallery: Restwert 13th September – 5th October 2014

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Here at the O3 Gallery we are proud to announce that we are exhibiting the work of German photographers Matthias Heiderich and Dietmar Eckell in a joint exhibition entitled ‘RESTWERT’. Taken from Dietmar Eckell’s long running photographic project ‘Restwert’ the German translation being ‘residual value’, this exhibition –as the title suggests – asks viewers to take a deeper and more considered look at the artist’s work for their theoretical or true value.

Matthias Heiderich is a self-taught German photographer based in Berlin. Since 2010 he has exhibited in the United States and across Europe including solo shows at Audi Art Gallery in St. Petersburg, Carte Blanche in San Francisco and Spot Galerie in Berlin. Matthias Heiderich’s architectural photographs are characterised by an interest in geometric form and hyper-saturated colour, these abstract images offer a unique view of modern architecture.

Dietmar Eckell is a German photographer and adventurer whose work explores the ‘Restwert’ (residual value) of abandoned objects. The aesthetics of decay, the stories behind the write-offs and the memories they evoke make these objects and their sublime surrounding landscapes worth documenting. Dietmar Eckell’s photographs attempts to underline the temporality of manmade objects, human endeavors and perception by capturing them in nature’s endlessly regenerative growth.

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The O3 Gallery invites you to come and experience these beautiful and thought provoking works. Photography Oxford exhibitions launched 13th September and run until 5th October. There is lots to do and see all over the city including talks from famous writer David Campany at the Lady Margaret Hall and a showing of Sebastian Junger’s ‘Which way is the front line’ at the Phoenix Picturehouse. With so much going on be sure to follow ‘O3 Gallery’ on Twitter/Facebook/Blog for more info. For dates and further info be sure to check out the Photography Oxford Festival website: http://www.photographyoxford.co.uk

Entry to all the exhibitions will be free.

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pic15Light, Land & Place is the current exhibition at the O3 Gallery by Oxfordshire-based artist Caroline Meynell.
Meynell produced a wide variety of atmospheric paintings of landscapes and nature that will be displayed within the inspiring historic walls of the gallery until August 17th.

Behind Meynell’s artworks is a clear accurate analysis of the interplay between the light, land and space made concrete through the use of bold and strong colour typical of her style.
What strikes me most of her paintings and what I think sets them apart from others is the fact that the artist has the ability to convey feelings of calm, silence and stillness leading the public to experience somethig akin to a therapeutic moment. 
For instance, after a chaotic and busy day, admiring one of these paintings definitely helps you to relax and feel “distracted” by their positive vibes. This sensation is probably given by the use of a soft and subtle palette of oils and acrylics in thin layers which convey a sense of lightness, grace and elegance.

If I were to select a favourite of the 28 paintings on display; I think it would be Whose Every Autumn is a Second Spring I & II (acrylic on canvas)
whose perspective in a way reminds me of a Japanese garden. DSC_0044
The paintings presented across two canvasses show a flowering spring tree, or better, intersecting branches in a dance of colours from orange to yellow and blue. The  harmonious composition, invokes a sense of softness which leads the public’s eye to the final of a subtlety of depth and translucency.

Furthermore, the artist’s keen awareness of the sense of colour gives life to both form and lines. The abstract canvas with its tonal yellows: Dancing Memories represents a perfect example of this. Dancing Memories

The exhibition’s title Light, land & Place describes Meynell’s work in its entirety. The contemporary landscapes – often of local places well-loved by the artist; are dreamy, atmospheric and perfectly convey a changing light throughout the seasons.

Light, Land & Place ends this Sunday 17th August.
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