Thursday 24 June 2010


Friday 2nd July 2010

The Emporium, 37 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3PY

A dialogue with drawing and sculpture seen through three young artists: Michelle Cioccoloni, Helenka Janeckova and Michelle Townsend. Disparate materials (glass, metal, egg shell,wood and paper) come together in a compelling range of works and through their various poetics contain both points of encounter and dissonance.

Inspired by material innovation and technological processes Michelle Townsend rethinks and challenges the design of the window.  Layered laser cut contour patterns extend the depth of the window thereby accentuating its form and three dimensionality. Super insulation is also achieved by the layering process; creating an energy efficient design sensitive solution. The natural behaviour of light; refraction, reflectivity and ability to distort has been exploited to create this architectural feature.

Encountering Helenka Janeckova’s prints on glass, an extremely precarious act in itself that relies on delicate balance, the viewer experiences the tension which is echoed in the subject matter of her drawings. 

Michelle Cioccoloni is a visual artist based in Bristol and Rome, whose practice is enhanced by the fusion of two cultures, British and Italian. Strongly influenced by her classical formation, she uses this to inform a haptic approach, exploring qualities of materials and depth of surface in her work, giving the viewer a visual sense of touch. Her work has a sculptural quality to it and invites the viewer to walk around, to scrutinize and to explore, the intricate processes she uses often being visible and unfolding before the the attentive viewer's eyes. 

Join us for the Private View on 2nd July (6 til 9 pm) for drinks and refreshments. Please reply to this email if you would like to attend, to help us manage numbers.

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Exhibition continues until 7th July. Open daily 12 til 7pm.