The Library Of Obscure Wonders : Jo Roberts & Giles Leaman


19 Feb 2014 to 02 Mar 2014
Opening times:

Gallery and Cafe Hours:
Tuesday to Friday, 10am-6pm.
Saturday, 4-11pm.
Sunday, 12-7pm.

Private view involving a Sin Eating Ritual on the 20th of February

Jo Fisher Roberts is an artist and illustrator. Interested in the natural world, she combines traditional illustrative techniques with experimentation and found materials; the carnivalesque and the surreal.

The Library of Obscure Wonders was founded in 2004 as a contemporary Cabinet of Curiosities – exploring, recording, and collecting wonders in everyday life.
Since it’s opening the Library has collected many items receiving works from scientists, artists, and explorers. On the 1st March the exhibition will also host the first phase of Spletza Martin Adventures. Storytelling, ritual performance, film and contemporary cabaret meet to create an exciting new cross-artform collaborative enterprise. The soundtrack is a collaboration between Jo Fisher Roberts and Cos Chapman. Constructed from extended vocal improvisations and processed using electroacoustic techniques to cerate a soundscape out of clearly human utterance.

Giles Leaman is a London based artist, musician and arts practitioner whose work traverses sound, installation, performance, sculpture and 2D artforms. His interest in found objects and the challenge set by using them, informs the process in which he works, ”It is as if the material creates a spark to a hitherto unexpected wave of energy, which then in turn consumes everything”. This spark or connection can sometimes be between two materials or a technique and a material or an idea looking for a framework in order to exsist.

The work ranges from collage, using found fragments, printing, drawing and painting, sculpture and assemblages to sound sculptures and experiments with diverse materials.

As a maker, and art enabler for art workshops for 25 years, a vast range of techniques and materials have been tested, manipulated explored and played with, and it is this playful air has lead to a demystifica\tion of “Art” or creativity being out of touch for most people, and more of an energy that can be encouraged and tapped into.

This show is an opportunity to combine new experiments with exsisting works, to break down barriers and put them up again.

Giles Leaman has worked as a printer, Designer of sound environments, a musician with various groups and with Puppeteers, dancers, artists Carnival Arts and as an art enabler for young people.

Events during the exhibition include:
Mad March Tea Party late afternoon on the 1st March
EP launch of Rude Mechanicals on the evening of 1st March
Closing workshops and performances on the 2nd March

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Event Address: 
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