The latest exhibition at the Air Gallery, Wells, Lust and the Human Body, has an interesting mix of art works. Candace Bahouth’s mosaic sculptures are attractive and beautifully fashioned, lending a fanciful exuberance and permanence to simple objects. The broken, glittering ceramic surface places them somewhere between Fairyland and a Far Eastern decorative aesthetic.
Other works are figurative, and demonstrate a range of approaches to the human form. Kay-Lewis Bell’s paintings are large, expressive portraits that are finely drawn and full of colour. Kate Noble exhibits painted figure studies from life, loose and structural images, crammed onto long, thin pictorial planes. Monika Millers’ drawings and prints are semi-abstract figure studies, capturing the movement and energy contained within the body’s form, reminiscent, to me of some of Giacometti’s and Matthew Smith’s work, though with less definition and clarity. Julia Gatrill is showing ceramic work based on parts of the female form, sometimes tending towards eroticism and at others more humorous.
The craft gallery also has some very appealing and attractive works. Well worth a look.