09 Apr — 18 Jun 2022
The Picture Room, Newlyn Art Gallery
LEFT HAND SHUFFLE
The title of the exhibition acknowledges the element of chance and spontaneity that Ingram embraces whilst working on multiple artworks in his studio. The environment of the studio itself provides both the reference and the raw material for the creation of abstract compositions that rely on chance juxtapositions and physical experimentation with outcome.
During the creative process initial drawings and works on paper are re-evaluated, providing a new resource for collage and construction. Through cutting with scissors and painting on paper, forms evolve through the attachment of individual paper shapes, providing a layered surface to explore composition and form.
Bruce physically constructs his collaged work through the attachment and folding of papers, creating irregular and unexpected supports to further employ, paint and collage. In larger works these surfaces become sculptural, with papers layered to create rich surfaces which are ripped and constructed revealing layers between. Ingram chooses to attach individual pieces of papers with a hand-held stapler, the instantaneous nature of the staple allowing quick decision making and an immediate attachment. As surfaces are built up they are also dismantled and collapsed, rotated and joined together, with outcomes shifting between the wall and floor of the studio.
The works on display highlight Ingram’s interest in the iterative, yet playful nature of his process, almost game-like, with each piece referencing and informing the next. The process of renewal and reinvention are always apparent in these works, with the cross pollination of source material creating a multitude of references alongside a shifting purpose of narrative and place.
Bruce Ingram grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall and currently lives in Hastings, East Sussex. He graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2008. His work has been selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize; he has also been a finalist in the Dazed / Converse Emerging Artist Award. Recent exhibitions include Duets Bell House Dulwich Village, London (2018) Broken Pictures No Format Gallery, London (2018).
All works are for sale.