Fresh Air 2013 Review

Bliss Hill

Art in the Countryside…

Sunken Bench near entrance…
Today is the final day of the wonderful “Fresh Air” exhibition in Quenington. Every two years The Old Rectory in Quenington hosts a diverse display of new art. After running the exhibitions for some years, founders Lucy and David Abel Smith launched a charity “The Quenington Sculpture Trust” that provides among other things bursaries for talented artists. Along with that, the trust aims to stimulate interest in sculpture and the visual arts in general, reaching out to local schools within a 20 mile radius.

This year saw submissions from professional and developing artists. With entry to the exhibit at £5, with lots of concessions available, the lovely country setting was a powerful combination with the at times bizarre art. Almost like setting foot on a set from Star Trek, some of the weird and wonderful pieces jumped out at you. At times you were left wondering whether you were looking at a piece of art or a genuine piece of furniture after an unfortunate incident. A rather bland bench was sunken into the ground as if in an earthquake or quicksand. Like a Dali painting in reality, things became warped. Other benches were marked “unstable structure” despite looking quite comfortable. Conversely, some rather scary looking chairs were perfectly fine to sit on.

Sound art, glass, metal, wood and other more unconventional materials were used to delight or provoke the onlookers.

Alison Crowther
Notable pieces were by Alison Crowther, a trained furniture designer who turned her attentions to making objects, with her wonderful wooden cubes that resemble speaker cones, and Bliss Hill, who served her apprenticeship in Cirencester with her combination of glass and stone depicting people spectating at festivals.

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