So this week I will be painting, lifting and shifting to get ready for the private view launch night of Translating Patterns at the White Gallery. Massive shouts out to Ian Latham my former boss at the Doncaster College for allowing me to continue curating this project. Plus Adam Ogden for his help in curating and setting up the show. And, of course Dawn Howden for being so brave and pushing the boundaries of your artwork through this exhibition.
The White Gallery opens its doors for the new academic calendar on Thursday 24th October 2013 with a solo exhibition from artist and lecturer Dawn Howden. The newly refurbished gallery is situated in High Melton’s historic Old Hall in the grounds of the University Centre Campus.
Dawn Howden is a multi-media visual artist and lecturer at Doncaster College. Her current body of work “Translating Patterns” is her first solo show and celebrates the mysterious and aesthetic patterns found within the natural world, through the digital lenses and the human eye.
Throughout 2010-2013 Dawn has taken over a 1000 images on her iPhone inspired by natural forms and landscapes in Armthorpe and around Doncaster where she often goes walking. Her work explores pattern, shape, line and colour in a variety of places, from sky-scenes to woodland areas.
Although, the work is mainly manipulated digitally, Dawn also applies some traditional techniques such as painting in acrylic, watercolour and oil. Through this process Dawn discovers new patterns combining digital rendered and painterly outcomes. Each image is then carefully constructed, using digital tools to create surreal and fantastical worlds allowing her to escape from what she describes as being an “Unconventional Life”.
The exhibition will feature a video installation and can also be followed on Twitter under the hash tag #translatingpatterns. As part of the exhibition the opening night will feature a live twitter feed whereby guests can see live tweets whilst the event is taking place. Dawn has over 18,000 tweets and a large twitter following from around the world. Her work is often talked about and shared over social media.
‘Being able to freely express how I feel through photography and digital artwork, using a creative approach, has been a positive experience that has helped me stay focused through challenging times.’
Dawn Howden Artist and Digital Art Lecturer
‘ The white gallery is the culmination of three years’ work by staff at all levels throughout the College, students, lecturers, managers and the college executive have pulled together to create a space that will reflect the diversity and quality of work that we create here and also bring high level professional exhibitions for the students to learn from and for everyone to enjoy.’
Ian Latham Assistant Director School of Creative Industries.
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