The 17th – and final – artist featured in our current exhibition – London Bridge OPEN 2 Boundaries – is Shirley Hunter .
London Bridge Hotel is a former telephone exchange built in 1916 which is now surrounded by the equally stunning and evolving architecture of London Bridge. To reflect this contrast of historical and modern existing side-by-side, London Bridge Hotel’s General Manager, Julio Marques, has curated an exhibition which includes 20 different approaches to architecture using a myriad of methods including wood carving, oil paint on concrete, illustration, London’s pubs re-imagined, screen printing and painting on silk. The theme of the exhibit coincided with The London Festival of Architecture this summer.
Cotton organdy, textile dyes, wire, stitch
“Stemming from an interest in how the calligraphic, arabesque and geometric lines and shapes found in Islamic art have been used as a means of recording and transporting stories across time, geography and cultures, I’ve used a repetitive and rhythmic folded surface as a means to explore the passage of time.
“The undulating shapes draw the eye around, over and through the surfaces, revealing surprising relationships between line, marks, colour and texture. The surface, torn and repaired, disrupts the narrative and invites the viewer to take pause and look closer. peregrinate. verb. to journey or travel from place to place. to travel through or over. to live in foreign country. to go on a pilgrimage.”
About the Artist: Shirley Hunter is a mixed media artist working with textiles, print, stitch and photography. Born in 1958 in Greensboro, North Carolina, she has lived and worked in London since 1992. Installed with a passion and desire to make, shape and craft from an early age, Hunter has worked as a dressmaker and an interior designer, both of which inform her current work.
Largely self-taught, her experience has been supplemented by more formal study in New York City, Paris and London. More recently she’s developed a fine art practice, completing the City Lit Advanced Textile Art Course in 2018. Hunter’s work draws upon diverse strains of haptic and visual experience, exploring themes of crossing boarders of time, place and culture.
Her desire to explore the meditative qualities of repetition and rhythm of movement across a surface have led her current work to find a voice in folded sculptural installations. She’s currently continuing her studies on the City LIt Fine Art Course where she focussing on printmaking and experimental photography.
Over 100 artists submitted work for consideration for London Bridge OPEN 2 with 17 chosen for this second exhibit. OPEN 2 artworks are displayed throughout the public areas of the hotel and its adjoining Quarter Bar & Lounge, allowing potential buyers the opportunity to see an artwork in an environment more akin to a contemporary home. All OPEN art works can be purchased and the exhibition runs until December 2019.
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