Guy Allott — Robots
Past: May 31 → June 29, 2013
Since his previous show at Grey Area Multiples Guy Allott has been extremely busy with shows at various museums and galleries in Germany, Norway and London.
For his new show Allott brings his extraordinary creative energy to his love of robots. The images in the show have a charm and warmth about them, they are robots with a personality. In some we see a sense of loneliness, others just seem “happy to help”, another is perhaps a little forlorn and in others we see pride or even heroism.
Each work is made with a subtle blend of techniques with woodblock printing forming the core process. This traditional technique most famously used by Japanese printmakers such as Utamaro, Hiroshige and Hokusai brings an ancient technique to a futuristic theme undercut with a retro quality, as these robots come from a vision of the future which has either already passed of never really arrived.
Most works start with a printed base layer of a single colour. The image is then built up by cutting areas away from the wooden block by hand and using this to print on top of the background colour. This enables Allott to highlight areas of particular interest and as he varies the line quality with it the charm and warmth of the characters comes out.
Although printed from the same block, Allott makes each work completely unique by both changing the colours he uses on each impression and by adding painted areas by hand. Highlighting rocks falling in the background or changing the tone of the work entirely to significantly alter the mood of the image and the personality within it.
In all Allott encourages enormous empathy with these robots that ooze charisma, individuality and emotion.
Opening Thursday, May 30, 2013 7 PM → 10 PM