David Armes / Jamie Barnes / Bonnie Craig / Benedict Rutherford
Constructure is a group of four artists from the north of England. Each artist explores constructs and structures using printmaking processes and their work is united by considerations of modularity, spatial landscapes and personal responses to place. As a group, they are inspired by areas of overlap and dialogue between their practices. The exhibition presents a wide range of printmaking techniques, giving audiences an idea of the breadth of possibilities available. The show highlights printmaking’s validity as visual art and demonstrates a unique potential for less figurative renderings of our environments and experiences.
David Armes works with letterpress printing, language and geography. He was artist-in- residence at Huddersfield Art Gallery in summer 2016, is a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow and was shortlisted for the 2017 Flourish ‘Award for Excellence in Printmaking’. He teaches and demonstrates letterpress printing in open access print studios, museums and colleges.
Jamie Barnes is a Freelance Curator with 16 years’ experience working in galleries and museums in Cumbria and Lancashire. He works as a self-employed printmaker specialising in aquatint etching, and he exhibits his work nationally. He also teaches drawing and printmaking across the North-West.
Bonnie Craig is an artist working with site-specific screenprinted pattern installations that respond to the history, function and audience of the place they are designed for. She has run workshops and created interactive artworks with the Wellcome Collection, Harris Museum & Art Gallery, In Certain Places, Lancashire Science Festival and Acuity Arts.
Benedict Rutherford is an artist and printmaker. His practice includes screenprint, lino-cut, found image and collage, alongside the production of zines, pamphlets and self-published works.Thematically he is interested in utopian optimism, semantics and the production of meaning.