Celebrate the transformation of junk, rubbish, and trash into art through the work of two contrasting yet inspiring artists: Sue Kreitzman and Phil Wildman.
The work of both of these self-taught artists is on display, ranging from Wildman's composed rubbish sculptures to Kreitzman's vibrant creations of colour, food, freedom, and the female landscape.
After a year at Sir John Cass Art School, Phil Wildman is basically a self-taught artist. Wildman collects household items and office waste, material the late Philip Guston termed "C.O.T.S." (crap off the street), in order to form dynamic assemblages focusing on architecture and sense of space. Wildman's mixed media incorporates acrylic, oil, collage, photography and found objects to revitalise the discarded detritus of our "throw away" culture. Personal experiences shine through in his work; he is able to successfully generate a socially conscious attitude while using simple materials from everyday life.
Similarly, Sue Kreitzman, transforms everyday objects into powerful works of art - much of her imagination manifests itself in paintings and assemblages embellished with buttons, broken jewellery, toys and other bits of profound junk. Sue remembers vividly the moment she turned to art - as a former food writer she recalls one day a "violent fever overtaking her" and began drawing and painting immediately. Her materials and technique draw upon a wide range of sources, she is influenced by tribal art and religious iconography and takes a pragmatic approach to production, expressing feelings about the people she admires as well as womanhood. Kreitzman spends much of her time hunting through markets, skips, second-hand stores, and salvage yards to collect materials for her totemic works, which serve as narrative commentaries. Sue's grand ideas are embodied in her unconventional fashioning of goddesses, glimpsed strangers, close friends, personal female heroines, and self-portraits, all tinged with her love of "vulgar" colours.
Sue Kreitzman and Phil Wildman aim to effect lives positively through their inspiring works of art, fulfilling their constant need to create; like magpies, collecting ordinary everyday objects and transforming them into works of beauty, sending a message of resourcefulness and celebration of life.