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THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
The Violet Hour presents The Road Not Taken, 21st-24th September 2017, in association with The Hospital Club, featuring paintings by Wonje Kang, Catherine Leon, sculptures by Philip Rae-Scott and works on paper by Felicity Warbrick.
Inspired by Robert Frost’s poem of the same name. The Road Not Taken explores the infinite possibilities that the concept of the journey presents to the individual, be it an artistic, political, physical or psychological one. Perhaps now, more than ever, societal change is forcing us to the point where well trodden ways converge or diverge in such a manner that the impact of our decisions has become harder to decipher.
Furthermore, in a universal sense there is the idea that the continued existence of humanity is dependent on our collective decision-making. If our choices become a matter of existential significance, then with every left or right turn we are transformed and there is very little chance of returning to where we were before.
Currently: Royal College of Art, MA Fine Art, Painting
Wonje Kang is from Seoul, Korea. His work is reminiscent of his roots in its figurative elements but punctuated by abstraction. Between the layers in his compositions one is occasionally offered glimpses of places, fragments of memories collected along the way.
1994: Chelsea College of Art, Public Art & Design
2011: Jerwood Drawing Prize, Shortlisted
Felicity Warbrick's work is inspired by a lifelong connection with wild landscape; its architecture, history and significance to her as a creative resource. These surroundings; bothies, barns and farm buildings - as well as den and treehouse building - fed her imagination as a child growing up on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales.
2015: Wimbledon College of Art, Fine Art, Painting
Catherine Leon prefers to leave control out of her artistic process, remaining completely in the present and therefore letting go of inhibition and not planning beforehand. In this sense she is free of artistic constraint, nothing is predetermined, she simply follows the artistic path as it opens up before her.
Philip Rae Scott
For this sculptor, the functionless is the driving concept. Growing up passionately concerned with well-built, useful objects, art took precedence when he realised that he could achieve closer to an idea of perfection. Whereas the mechanical object is either improved upon or worn out, there is a sense of finish to a sculpture: the artistic journey is complete.