Visual Arts at The Exhibit



Coming from the Latin word ‘solus’ meaning alone,‘Sole’ is the subject of an exhibition of selected work by three artists :-


WILL VAUGHAN studied Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. He subsequently studied History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. He has worked as a curator at Tate Britain, and taught History of Art at the University of London (UCL and Birkbeck College). He is now Professor Emeritus of History of Art at Birkbeck College. He has published widely on the history of art (as William Vaughan), particularly in the area of Romanticism. He has curated numerous exhibitions, his most recent being Samuel Palmer, Vision and Landscape at the British Museum. He published a monograph on Palmer in 2015 (Yale University Press). Will’s practice concentrates on the process of etching, focusing on the intense individuality of a single subject, in this case the beauty and mystery of trees. Whilst these works have an esthetic beauty, they also possess a haunting Goyaesque tone.

MEME MAREY is a postgraduate from the Royal College of Art. Regarded as a ‘significant up and coming artist to watch’, her work has been shown widely throughout the UK and is currently one of a select few showing with the avant garde gallery, Bruton Art Factory.

MeMe Marey deals with emotional responses to events, situations and memories in her own life. Her paintings are worked and reworked through the use of paint or charcoal on canvas on paper, her work is also created in the form of print, photography and video. For this show Meme has transformed two individual preparatory works to focus the viewer on excessive oversized small creatures, a bird and a moth, suggesting that totally natural things are increasingly becoming unnatural to us.

TOR SMITH is self-taught. Primarily working in photography he is inspired by the simplicity of the details in empty domestic interiors. Symmetrical in nature, these images also manage to capture a solitary spontaneous moment in time. Whilst the subject has a banality, the tones and angles are visually pleasing. Tor’s fascination in symmetry is enhanced by the inclusion of red laser-like lines, as those created by a surveyor’s laser beam measuring tool. The red lines emphasise the hypothetical direction of unseen angles.

In addition to these pieces, specifically for the Sole exhibition, Tor has moved away from the photographic process to create an experimental series of spray painted tinted perspex sheets inspired by the red laser beam lines. These four abstract works are singular pieces, but could also be viewed as one installation.

Curated by Tim Weatherhead. Creative Director,The Exhibit (