London-based artist Katie Surridge spent one month in TAP’s Winch room making new work, and six runner up artists are exhibiting in the rest of the gallery. She has developed an ambitious installation, taking ownership of the Winch Room to create an exciting new exhibition. Surridge focuses on discarded and natural materials caught in the delicately beautiful stage between production and decomposition. Finding an aesthetic in these disposed or unloved items is important to her practice.
Among shortlisted artists is Russian tographer Alena Zhandarova whose pictures are colour and light, mixed with a little fur of drama.
Finnish artist Eeva-Mari Haikala works mainly within video, photography, and installation, drawing from th traditions of the performance. The concept of the painterly has formed the visual frame of her work, wi references to still life painting and theatre.
London-based artist Hanae Utamura contemplates the human condition on the move, in different circumstances such as urban or natural landscapes that exposes a negotiation of life and how it survives in its own system. Mostly action based interventions, Utamura’s work eventually disappears and only a record of the action remains.
Jennifer E. Price from Kent subverts basic and traditional printmaking methods in her “inkblot” series, printing directly from actual (often large in scale) objects. The resulting work spans across the boundarie of printmaking, drawing, sculpture, site based installation and public intervention.
Leigh-on-Sea artist Matthew Chambers has begun to keep records of his studio practice in the format of video.
Southend-based artist Sarah Buckle makes work about the unsaid. She is interested in the sub-text and what lies behind the closed doors of polite society, in what people say/show and what they really mean/are.
Open until 26th of February.