Can you imagine the almost unimaginable future? Bennett and McDermott present Twenty Years, an interactive installation that encourages visitors of all ages to reflect on life since 1999, and explore visions for 2039.
Sharon is a socially engaged artist. By working collaboratively with community groups, artists or family and friends she blurs the boundaries between the traditional positions of artist, artwork and audience.
Many of Sharon’s projects develop and are returned to over several years. She orchestrates situations that disrupt the everyday flow of life, pause it, open up a space where participants can meet, play, and be generous or share in generosity.
Sharon is also co-founder of Croshare, a participatory project that uses crochet as a catalyst for the creation of pop-up community happenings and a founding member of The Women’s Art Activation System (WAAS) ) and a member of Critical Practice, a cluster of artists, researchers and academics supported by Chelsea College of Art & Design, London.
Dan McDermott paints dynamic photo-realist canvases. Working in an energetic and highly individual style he captures our perceptions of the fast moving world around us, through strongly nostalgic and American inspired images of city streets, speeding cars, passing figures and urban landscapes.
McDermott derives his material from film, television and his own cine-film. Documenting snippets of daily life; be it rush hour on the M15 or the regular bustle of city streets, he goes on to create large scale photo-realist paintings full of the pace and tension of contemporary life.
Using a layering technique, McDermott plays with components of light and colour, building a highly personal style which is enlivened by compositional cropping and unusual vantage points. The result creates a sense of energy and pace whilst maintaining a balanced aesthetic appeal. Dan’s work has been shown throughout the UK, Europe, and the USA.
Time: 11.00 AM to 4.00 PM
Location: Aspex Gallery
Gunwharf Quays car park, street parking
Disabled parking is available at the gallery upon request. Please call in advance to reserve a space (02392 778080). Please check with the front desk on arrival that you are correctly parked. Visitors who park in residents’ parking spaces may be clamped, for which the gallery takes no responsibility. Once inside Aspex, the exhibition space is all on one flat level. Visitors requiring assistance may also use our intercom, situated to the right of the large frosted-glass door, to alert staff who will be happy to assist. If you have any requirements you wish to discuss in advance of your visit, please do call the gallery. We will be very pleased to discuss your needs in order to ensure your visit is as enjoyable as possible.