Pretty Common Things – installation by Joanna Bond

The announcement below is from a post to TTABER. It describes mixed-mode art event at ::the studio:: next week. The artist is Jo Bond. The event combines visual and tactile art, music, and also a small contribution by Rrose Sélavy. It promises to be a special evening indeed.

image of Jo's art from the Facebook event

Joanna Bond
Pretty Common Things

An exhibition of ceramics, drawings and installation. Evoking thoughts and conversations about the consequences of the loss of hedgerows in the united kingdom.

Studio gallery, Basement, The Cambria, marine terrace, Aberystwyth

14th January – 4th February daily 10.00 – 17.30

Private view 14th January
live music, surrealist game, refreshments.
7.30pm till 10.30pm 07966897393

press release :
Welsh artist Joanna Bond will open an exhibition of her new body of work on January 14 2011 in The Studio Gallery, Aberystwyth.

Joanna has created hand built ceramic ware which will be decorated with 14 pen and ink images which she has drawn and collaged from direct studies of wild flowers, birds and maps of nearby hedgerows. The exhibition will be entitled “pretty common things.” The inspiration for her current run of work came from her distress at the environmental devastation caused when a cutter machine began destroying hedgerows near to her home in Gilfachreda in July 2010.

Collaborating on “pretty common things” with Joanna will be American surrealist artist, Mary Jacob, and the band “Barefoot dancers of the sea”, who visitors can expect to see play live at the opening. “I am writing a song with Becky Wood from Barefoot dancers of the sea about a bird being displaced from its tree.” said Joanna.

Joanna’s previous works include a seven foot mosaic in the South Wales Valley of Ystrad Mynach for the exterior wall of a Chapel, as well as song and dance collaborations at the chapter arts centre in Cardiff.

Joanna says: “It has been an exciting opportunity to develop my style and create art on pots.”She was a potter’s assistant in Ireland for one and a half years and has been working for seven years teaching adults with learning disabilities how to use the therapeutic medium of clay.

The opening will begin at 7p.m. on January 14; guests will be invited to participate in the instillation with thought provoking activities. The artists hope to involve both political and ecological ideas connecting the cutting of hedgerows with the cuts in public and private sectors.  Joanna said: “The exhibition is not only an artistic creation; it will be a political exhibition to publicize and raise awareness of the loss and destruction of this ancient habitat and all the diverse flora and fauna that it supports.”

“The Studio” can be found on the lower ground floor of Marine
Terrace, Aberystwyth.


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