Laura Obon

Artist statement:

I am Laura Obon, a Spanish painter from Tenerife who is fascinated by colour and shapes. I make abstract collages out of paper. I live in London where I develop my career as an artist, exhibit my work and teach Art.

 

Work statement:

I make abstract collages out of paper. I am driven by the feeling colour creates in me, and by the act of creating a composition by cutting, sticking and overlapping shapes. Collages allow me to change direction quickly, or to add a new element to the composition, while the forms come to life in the making of it. I work intuitively, arranging all the cutout shapes in search of a particular kind of harmony, creating warm spaces with an element of tension. I am interested in the concept of seeing Art as a tool, described in the book written by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong Art as Therapy:

“Art is a therapeutic medium that can help guide, exhort and console its viewers, enabling them to become better versions of themselves”.

I like to think that my collages can be part of such a fascinating process in which they become a useful tool.

 

Links to websites and Instagram

Website: lauraobon.com
Instagram: @laura_obon_

Tamsin Spargo

Artist statement:

Tamsin Spargo lives and works in London. She studied Fine Art and Critical Theory at Middlesex University and is currently a postgraduate Fine Art student at London Metropolitan University. Her work includes drawing, writing, and sonic art, and has been exhibited and sold internationally.

 

Work statement:

Tamsin Spargo’s work is an exploration of time and the process and act of drawing. Her work functions as a record of a period of time and of her existence and movements within that period of time. Her works strive for ambiguity and gesture, hinting at the artist’s own physicality and patterns of motion.

The UK going into lockdown when she was six months into a postgraduate degree in Fine Art meant that Spargo lost access to her studio space. The themes of time and existence became more pertinent than ever but the abrupt change to an inappropriate workspace at home necessitated the identification of new ways of working.

Drawing as lightly as possible for fixed periods of time was both a practical consideration but also channelled the realities of life in lockdown – endless hours with very little to show for it, a sense of everything being diluted, and a hopeless feeling of futility. With limited access to new materials during the months of lockdown, these drawings also make use of found surfaces such as envelopes and paper bags.

Links to websites and Instagram

Website: tamsinspargo.wix.com/tamsinspargo

Instagram: @tamsinspargo

Framing Matters

I’ll often visit exhibitions of emerging artists and see some extremely creative and powerful pieces of work. These images, paintings, prints can often however be let down by substandard framing, frames with marks and dirt or mounts that don’t compliment the work. For me as an emerging artist the framing of the piece is nearly important as the piece itself. The frame and mount is an extension to the work we have spent days, weeks or months producing and for those aiming to sell their work it is very important to get this right. I’ve put together a few handy tips when getting your work framed and choosing the right mount.

  • What is the theme of the piece?

It is really important when framing a photographic print to think about what the image is conveying and to find a suitable frame to accentuate that. For instance a black and white print of say an industrial scene would not go well with an unpainted brown wooden frame. The contrast can work for an artist by highlighting the difference in colour and texture but this is difficult to achieve effectively if purposefully pursued. Take for instance the framing of these pieces below from my Sentinel series for the F-Stop exhibition at Espacio Gallery, Shoreditch. I specifically chose a dark metal frame with a rough texture to compliment the content of the images, the metal frame becomes an external manifestation of the metal pylons, the large white boarder forcing the viewer to move inwards to scrutinise the image.

And this piece Below ‘Homage to Duality’ for All Can Be Frida at the Espacio. The work incorporated texture and cloth, the linen of the shirt I wore and blanket fashioned into a skirt. I wanted to bring this texture and cloth substance to the framing so specifically requested a linen mounted boarder and earthy wooden frame to compliment the floral and herbal content.

  • What is your budget?

Quality framing doesn’t always have to cost the earth, you can purchase vintage second hand frames, order from the internet or buy from a store and if you know the right framer they will be happy to frame the artwork for you for a small fee. I specifically use Hawkins Framing on Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, they are friendly and very helpful when choosing a frame, glass and mount. For my first exhibition I attempted to mount and frame the work myself, buying frames online and then fitting the work in my kitchen. This was certainly an experience I don’t wish to repeat, after framing and un-framing each piece (there were 4) 4 times and still seeing particles of dust on the black mounts I vowed never to do it myself again! Employing a framer is a little more expense but something which will definitely pay off in the long run with the presentation of your work and reduced stress. Plus if you build up a good relationship they will often offer discounts etc.

Ultimately framing does matter, you have spent valuable time and money on creating your art pieces so remember to present them well!

Human Condition Exhibition – Edinburgh

“For this exhibition artists explore the complexities of human existence. From the physical to the spiritual, from birth to death through growth and change, we all share the essentials of human experience yet our reactions to life events are as unique as our DNA.

In this show, each artist gives their response to the aspects of life most personal to them.  The result is a fascinating exploration of what makes us human: from the intimacy of portraiture to the wider contemplation of spirituality, the miracles of the human body and the challenges of sickness and loss and love.”

I will be exhibiting a Triptych To Memory, there will also be an artists talk and poetry evening.

Private View 17th October 6pm – 9pm

 

Artists Talk and Music

Saturday 19 October 12 – 2 pm 

Come and meet the artists, discuss their ideas, art discipline, passion and what the human condition means to them

 

Poetry

24 October 6 – 8 pm

Adam Lucy

Speaking Your Truth 

Poetry and Open Mic Evening

Poetry is an integral part of Adams work and a major tool in his creative arsenal. Adam will share a selection of poems with you throughout the event and then open the floor for poets, spoken word and performance from the public. 

If you’ve not performed before we hope you’ll feel inspired be able to share your work. Speaking You Truth will be a safe space to show and share with others and enjoy the surrounding exhibition.

Refreshments served