"BINOCULARS II. A SECOND LOOK".
5 - 18 June - Susi Gutierrez & Graham Pullen
Binoculars II is a presentation of two separate solo exhibitions by Susi Gutierrez and Graham Pullen at Barnoon Workshop Gallery. They are a combination of prints, and paintings , using a variety of techniques including screenprinting, etching, dry point, collage and mixed media. They recall the artists personal experiences, that stroll between home and the rural South West roads and footpaths. The result is a range of experimental materials with a meditative quality. In 2016 Susi and Graham presented at the Salt House Gallery with Binocular, a Second Look, their first show together since they moved to St Ives in 2013. Binocular II is their second exhibition together.
Susi Gutierrez, enjoys writing short stories as part of her practice and for her work she started using discarded materials she finds around in the fields and at home. During the lockdowns, she realised that there isn’t such a division between life and art, an activity that at some point caused her feelings of vulnerability in relation to hierarchy, power and humankind. Thanks to perseverance and self belief, she managed to continue painting, drawing and exploring various processes that are intuitive, messy and unpredictable. Susi Gutierrez was born in Lima, Peru in 1960. She completed a BA in Fine Art and received an MA in Fine Art Printmaking from Anglia Ruskin University at Cambridge. In Lima, she studied Archaeology and Journalism and wrote articles in various magazines and newspapers. Susi now works as an artist and Spanish language teacher and is an active member in different art platforms including ATE (Arts Territory Exchange) and MUCK (Must Use Critical Knowledge)
Graham Pullen says: My background in screen printing dates back to the 1970s when I first worked for a screen printer and then lectured at the London College of Printing. However, the chemicals used at the time were highly toxic and damaging so I decided instead to move on to a career in IT and later, the travel industry. But I never lost my love of printing, and the introduction of water-based inks a few years ago was enough to entice me into investing in my own screen-printing kit. Moving to St Ives I’ve been lucky enough to work on commissions for textile pieces based on artworks by Sandra Blow and Terry Frost. I also run introductory workshops in printing. I find the flexible nature of screen printing entirely engrossing: whilst you can control and be very precise about the images you produce, the process also allows you to be highly experimental with media and colour. I get a lot of inspiration from my local environment. Graham Pullen was born in South London in 1953. He was a lecturer at the School of Communications in Elephant Castle and now has a Screenprinting Studio at Higher Bussow.