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Surface Gallery Leftovers Volunteer Show

2 December 17 words: Alex Kuster

The variation was simply stunning. In one corner you had Displaced/Replaced with his glitched photo montages coming to life, and another you had stunning glasswork by Phoebe Joy.

Imogen Renshaw

Nicola Beckett

Hannah Defriend

Displaced/Replaced

I had the pleasure of popping down to Surface to see all of their volunteers come together and put on what can only be described as a beautifully diverse display of art.

The variation was simply stunning. In one corner you had Displaced/Replaced with his glitched photo montages coming to life, and another you had stunning glasswork by Phoebe Joy.

I had a word with some of the artists to see where their inspiration came from: 

Displaced/Replaced said that anarchy had always been deeply rooted within him. Teacher by day and artist by night, this was his first installation where he had taken his content out of the page. It was a raging success. There was so much going on within the barbed wire and fencing, spray-paint, glitch paste-ups of Paris protests, the Hamburg G20 protests, Trump. Having only started practicing a few years ago, Displaced/Replaced exhibited alongside Banksy this year. And you can most definitely see how far this moving medium is going to come.

Imogen Renshaw’s work fit nicely alongside what I called the back corner of anarchy. She draws inspiration from the way in which graffiti blurs public and private spaces.  

There’s no doubt about it. This lot are immensely talented. And what a wonderful evening - filled to the brim with local talent.

The show’s running from the 2nd to the 16th of December and is free entry for all.

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