I visited this exhibition at the Hastings Arts Forum last week, or maybe it was the week before, and I've sat on my thoughts, so to speak, (so again the show has closed by the time I get round to writing about it). The show itself raised questions around artists statements, of which I then discussed at a later date with artist friends. I won't share those thoughts now, as to do so would create an association with the artists, their works, and their statements.
In the first room are a collection of abstracts by Robin Thompson. The paintings are bright, colourful, and show an investigation into form and mark making. There's a depth to the paintings that reveals a process. Thompson's paintings are nice, they remind me of expensive minimalist bars with over priced drinks and pretentious food.
In the second room Susan Miller and Adrienne Hunter display images that are far more representative. There are flowers, landscapes, trees and portraits of nature. There are whispers of expression and texture that reflect Thompson's work in the first room. Miller and Hunter have a control of their mediums that encourages the viewer to get up and personal with the works. To investigate how each image looks from a different view.
Bizarrely for me, I found Miller and Hunter far more captivating than Thompson. Many years ago I would have been drawn to the abstract over the representative, and it reminds me that maybe I should expand my own repertoire of naked women.