Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Picture Shows: Rob Hunter & Jon McNaught

Picture Shows is a new exhibition by Rob Hunter and Jon McNaught at Here Gallery, Bristol, running from 8th April - 8th May.

Jon McNaught graduated from Bristol UWE’s Illustration degree in 2008. He was a part of SNAP Studio before leaving to form Doppkit Collective Studio along with Robert Hunter and other Bristol illustrators. Recently Jon has created illustrations for two books by author Sonya Hartnett and will releasing his own book through Nobrow press entitled Birchfield Close on April 21st.

Jon’s work can be melancholy in the best possible way. Making you realize that you are not alone in the appreciation of tiny details of memory; he creates prints, books, and comic strips observing quiet moments and places, focusing on beauty in secluded corners.

Robert Hunter also graduated from UWE in 2008, he uses the idea of memory in his work. I his book People I Remember, Places I Don’t Robert takes a representation of a memory (a photograph) and by separating people from place, reorders it according to his own internal logic. Father and brothers are torn from the scene of a shooting range and transplanted upon a tranquil sea of white nothingness. In the words of Fred Madison, the doomed protagonist of David Lynch’s Lost Highway "I like to remember things my own way; Not necessarily the way they happened"

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