The Life Around, joint solo exhibition with Ian Williams (far right) installation image courtesy of the Midland Junction Arts Centre.
THE LIFE AROUND
The Life Around presents the work of emerging artists Ian Williams and Ellen Norrish as they explore virtual landscapes and the complexities of being present in a technological environment. On display at Midland Junction Arts Centre from 20 April – 8 June 2019, the exhibition showcased the distinct painting styles of the two artists as they establish a reflective space in-between two realities.
Hand held devices allow for instant accessibility to a wide range of digital platforms that become vehicles in which we can openly share the life around us. From social media, gaming, news or banking, the boundaries between physical and digital places become blurred. The Life Around situates the viewer somewhere between these two worlds, with Williams and Norrish providing a glimpse into the experience of engaging with technology.
Continuing an interest in the accumulation of imagery; Norrish looks to smartphone photographs that grow into large digital collections openly shared on social media. Exploring the digital life around Midland, Norrish interprets incidental images of place from Instagram posts. The outcome is a series of small works that encourage the viewer to reflect on their own snapshot archive.
The Life Around invites visitors to step into a peculiar yet lively digital world inquisitively articulated with paint by Ian Williams and Ellen Norrish. Works available to purchase via Stala Contemporary
#sunpower #sunset, 2019, oil on board, 15 x 15cm
@randomandfabulous #windscreennote #iwillfindyou #loveit, 2019, oil on board, 15 x 15cm
@livvymarie88 Should I fry or poach it? Tiniest chicken egg, 2019, oil on board, 15 x 15cm
@pantenu7727 Come stiamo bene!!!!, 2019, oil on board, 15 x 15cm
@midlandfresh Ora King, 2019, oil on board, 15 x 15cm
@feilencolin Royal Flying Doctor enroute to Perth International Airport, 2019, oil on board, 12 x 17cm