2-person exhibition at the Malvern Library.
a love letter to change
4th November – 29th November 2022
Private View 5th November 12pm – 3pm
Malvern Library, WR14 2HU
MONICA PEREZ VEGA
Carolyn Blake records the non-event in the everyday, bringing to life the inconsequential and non-memorable. Travelling at speed means everything is glimpsed and recalled in a split second be it a colour, a shape or a structure and becomes suspended in time by the painter. Included in this exhibition are works from her on-going series, ‘The Unchanging Traveller,’ which began in 2019.
A selection of ‘The Unchanging Traveller’ paintings have been used in a book of the same title, incorporating texts by poets and poetry societies from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and London.
Originally from Manchester, Blake completed a Foundation Course at Birmingham School of Art, a BA. Hons in painting at Canterbury College of art (KIAD) 1971-74 and an MA at City & Guilds school of Art, London, 2008-09. After a thirty-year career devoted to art education, Blake has exhibited regularly since 2008. Recent exhibitions include R.A. Summer / Winter Exhibition 2020, Fronteer Gallery Sheffield, Ikon for Artists, West Midlands Open New Art Gallery Walsall, short listed for Contemporary British Painting 2021, Weary Harold, ASC Gallery, London, Beep Painting Biennial 2022 Swansea, Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum Open 2022.
Monica Perez Vega is a visual artist whose work explores ideas of uncertainty and adaptation. She paints in a range of media and her sculptures are assembled from found, gifted and reclaimed material, including former paintings. It is about letting go as well as the circularity of life and process. Originally from California, Perez Vega has lived in Montreal, Amsterdam, London and currently Birmingham, UK. Her memories of home are warped by a changing landscape, and her experiences of continually starting over have led to a practice which investigates cycles of change. There is a fluidity and resilience to her practice which is guided by incident. She is interested in the potential between renewal or collapse and relies on disruption as a search for hope amid precarious uncertainty.
Perez Vega has an MFA in painting from the Slade School of Art, 2019 and a BFA in painting and drawing from the California College of the Arts, 2005. Recent exhibitions include Pocket Thicket, Brixton Beneficiary, London, 2022/ Lido Open, Lido Stores Margate, 2022/ RBSA Prize Exhibition 2022, Birmingham/ BEEP Biennial 2022, Swansea/ Weary Harold, ASC Gallery, London, 2022/ ArtWorks Open 2020, Barbican Arts Group Trust, London/ ‘To the Trees,‘ solo exhibition, SUPA Gallery, Birmingham, 2020 (Online)/ The Collector’s Eye, LEMA Mobili, London, 2020/ ‘Studio Visit,’ No. 20 Arts, London 2019/ ‘Raw Materials: Plastics,’ Nunnery Gallery/ Bow Arts, London 2019.