Synopsis

07.02.15 - 15.03.15

Best Served Stone Cold presents two early-career artists who both explore different aspects of contemporary consumer culture through the shared visual language of ‘pop’ imagery. United by their street-wise graphics and tongue-in-cheek appropriated slogans, Lucy Foakes and Josh Rose offer a wry alternative to still life painting and decorative ceramics.

Inspired by ancient Egyptian canopic jars, which held the lungs, liver, stomach and intestines of the Pharaohs, Lucy Foakes makes ceramic and mixed media sculptures that could be described as commemorative celebrity urns, each dedicated to a modern-day deceased celebrity ‘icon’, such as Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain. Described in the artist’s words as ‘a memory to celebrities’, these pieces are visually reminiscent of the work of Turner Prize winning ceramicist Grayson Perry. Also exhibited in this exhibition are the playfully entitled ‘Can-opics’ series of ceramic tin cans; a metaphorical fizzy drink range created for thirsty Pharaohs in the afterlife. Designed to be included in the tombs of ancient Egypt, which were equipped with all afterlife necessities, including food, drink and a toilet, these ‘Can-opic’ drinks come in many ‘flavours’, including lungs, liver, stomach and intestines.

Through his painting and typographic prints, Josh Rose explores everyday objects and the relationship of these objects to those who may need or use them. Rose’s work appeals to the individual to 'Observe Greatly' in order to create a link between identity, objects and community. Rose is fascinated by the relationship between 2D and 3D forms, and this; plus exploring the idea of functional artwork, has resulted in an on-going collaborative art project, 'This Way Up Studios'. By using bold, contrasting colours to create impact and heighten reality, Rose references the authoritative tone of advertising signage and packaging, describing this as ‘The way in which most of us experience the world.’

Josh Rose was born in Oxford, in 1986. He was educated at Peers school, Littlemore. Further education was completed at Bristol UWE with a BA (hons) in Fine Art & Visual culture in 2009. Following this, Rose then completed a City & Guilds level 1 in furniture making at the Boat Building Academy in Lyme Regis, 2010. Overlapping his disciplines of Art & Design, he began with an art project called ‘This Way Up Studios’, developing printed flat pack furniture. He is now working under the name 'Love Your Plane', focusing on Art, Design and Craft. This project resides in Oxford and occupies a small gift shop/studio come gallery space on the Iffley Road.  He is currently working on his first Public Art commission in Oxford and is due to complete this in July 2015.

Lucy Foakes graduated in 2010 from University College Falmouth with her BA (hons) in Contemporary Crafts. Foakes won the prestigious ‘BDC New designer of the year’ in 2010 and in 2013 won the ‘Bluecoat display centre showcase award’. Foakes currently works from her studio in central Bristol where she makes her ceramic sculptures and works on other projects. Ceramic techniques she employs include slip-casting and hand building. The surface of Foakes’s ceramic pieces are decorated with under glaze colours and ‘slips’, but mostly using hand drawn imagery translated into ceramic decals, with an application of precious metal lustres before the final firing. The ‘head’ sections of the celebrity sculptures are cut and constructed from plastic or metal, and this computer aided design is created from original drawings.

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