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Working From Home

This collection of artworks is aimed especially at enhancing your wellbeing in your home office.

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Curated by Helen Buckley

Exhibiting Artists

Check out where and when you can see Rise Art artists' exhibitions over March and April internationally.

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Women's History Month

“International Women’s Day” has been celebrated for over 100 years. It has taken on many guises: socialist demonstrations, recognitions of female beauty, acknowledgements of women’s battle with patriarchal systems, and toasts to the significant women in our personal lives. Women’s History Month (designated as March every year since 1987 in the UK, USA, and Australia) is a time to reflect on the contribution of women, non-binary persons, and girls to contemporary society. Here at Rise Art we’ve created a collection to celebrate a selection of our outstanding female printers, painters, sculptors, and photographers. The figurative works in the collection have been curated to celebrate an international sisterhood of women who are unafraid to take up space, reclaim their own form, and find power in their different lived experience. Our cover image for this collection, Juliet Piper’s ‘And Then He Said’ recollects a girlish joy of school-romance gossip. The giggly excitement of the young girls as captured in the photograph’s title is reflected in their idyllic surroundings: the brilliant blue sky and green of the sand-dune grass, and the inferred heat of the air around the sunbathing girls give this work a palpable sense of nostalgia for lost girlhood. ‘Bringer of Dreams’ by Leila Fanner conjures images of woman as mystic: an otherworldly femininity which inextricably ties women to the world of spirits, magic, and Mother Nature. Raised in a household of women, Fanner’s works present an “un-apologetically feminine perspective” incorporating African visual references. Olivera Parlic’s ‘Vakuum’ is brazen in its use of yonic imagery. Sophie Iremonger’s ‘Pelvis Memories 2’ presents us with a heady, dreamlike landscape in which the human skeleton is shed amongst a flora-phallic meadow. The shape of woman is unclear, and this collection hopes to reiterate the irrelevance of physical form when it comes to womanhood. ‘Ladies of the Planet’ represents visually this fluidity of the female form. The abstract works in the collection are testament to women’s creative energy and aggressive passions. Drennan’s ‘The Girls’, Fu’s ‘Beethoven’s Choral No.12272018’, and Hold’s ‘Vibrational Match’ all demonstrate an artistic wildness long denied to pre-20th Century women artists who (when actually allowed to have a creative practice) were expected to show conventional, refined tastes and to use non-energetic (deemed masculine) methods. Celebrated women artists are often difficult to find in canon of Art History. We must all play our part in ensuring that this will not be true for the story of contemporary art.

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Valentines Collection 2020

Valentines Collection: Sensuality “The spiritualisation of sensuality is called love” claimed famed philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in 1889, and our Valentine’s Day selection looks at just that. Touch, intimacy, and affection are rarely as publicly encouraged as around February 14th: Lingerie sales boom, we indulge with flowers and chocolate, and we demonstrate our love to our nearest and dearest. Sensuality, additionally, is hugely important in visual art. We as viewers want pieces that entice us, and perhaps even directly mimic our lived experiences of the senses. In preparation for Valentines day I have curated a selection of our artists’ most sensual works, reminding us to appreciate our faculties of vision and touch as well as celebrating our loved ones. This collection deals with the theme of “sensuality” in various ways. Some works tackle the theme figuratively, showing embraced couples, or individuals giving themselves up to sensual pleasures. Victoria Topping’s digital print nude 'Aphrodite' presents to us a reimagining of the Greek Goddess of love in the form of a stylised, voluptuous diva reminiscent of the contemporary music industry’s leading self-love gurus (think Lizzo). Aphrodite’s curves are highlighted with decorative strokes and bold line-work, giving the piece a real touchable appeal, (a “music for the eyes” which is Topping’s goal). Heavily influenced by the glamour of Disco, Jazz, and Gospel styling, Topping’s portfolio oozes with sensual charm. Other works incorporate a literal tactility. The paintings of Schweinsberg, Nrshinga, and Maltman use thick, impasto strokes which reveal the hand of the artist and engage the viewer’s senses. Williams and Page have created sculptures that we want to reach out and touch (or kiss). “L O V E” peers out from Dangerous Minds Artists’ thick layers of plaster and pink spray paint in 'LOVE - PINK’'s recreation of that “gooey feeling”. One of my favourite works in this year's Valentines Day Collection, 'MAN AND WOMAN, TOGETHER AND FOREVER NO.05' by Slavomir Zombek joins two paper cutouts reminiscent of cells mid-mitosis with three crosses made from office staples. These perceptible raised surfaces and changes in material are highly sensual and the title encourages us to consider the bonds of romantic coupling. Zombek’s work regularly play with the metaphorical connotations of shapes overlapping and the power of geometry. So take a look through the collection, spoil your senses, and maybe even treat someone you love (yourself included) to a new artwork this Valentine’s Day…

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2020 Colour of the Year

The colour predictions for 2020 are all unanimous in their choice of calming tones of blues and greens inspired by nature, reflecting a need for a stable start to the decade in these turbulent times. However, while Pantone has opted for an elegant blue suggestive of the sky at dusk, the dominant narrative in many other 2020 Colour Of The Year camps has been green. Whether dark or bright, neon or dusky, colour companies and trend forecasters from Dulux, Graham and Green and WGSN, selected the colour intuitively associated with regrowth and rebirth - green traditionally reassures us and speaks of optimism. We've picked our favourite blue and green artworks.

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Curated by Helen Buckley