Garth Gratrix will be showcasing a collection of new works made as part of his current residency at Oxheys Mill Studios, Preston.
The work will make use of the artist’s home environment as he brings elements of this to the venue and ‘plays with it’, exploring the space and its physical and imaginative states. These installation and sculptural pieces are new work for Gratrix and seek to unite two strands to his practice currently never placed together – his paintings/doodles and his installation pieces. These will be complimented with a series of photographic stills inspired by Bruno Munari and a new experimental video piece.
The decidedly indecisive (or uncategorised) artist is formally displaying ‘things’ as a result of a trial and error approach to making.
Garth says ” With this residency opportunity I want to pay homage to past influential works of my own creation and others, whilst retaining common yet playful evolving strands amongst my work to date. the space at Oxheys Mill has inspired me to create work which physically makes use of the space, intervenes with space and also showcases my interest in gathering and grouping objects….
…..I find intrigue in the placement and spectatorship of personal choices and circumstances. I think to show art or objects that have a level of personal archive to them allow the subtlety of art persona to accompany art display.”
The show, which runs until December 9th, opens on Thursday 3rd November with a preview between 6-8pm and is entitled: “I AM GARTH” (see ‘ego’ and ‘home’)