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Puppet Show Spoilers

Friday, March 1st, 2013
Posted in: Blog, Work in Progress
Posted by Spike Dennis

Puppet Show Spoilers

These sound bites are just a couple of clips from our Punch & Judy puppet show. We will be performing this show at Milkwood Gallery in Cardiff on Saturday 2 March 2013 as a part of our Once Upon Again exhibition which is currently showing in the gallery.

The voices for the show were kindly performed by Amelia Johnstone and Peter Hathaway. Peter provided the voice for Punch whilst Amelia created voices for other characters in the show including Judy, Joey the Clown, the policeman and the Hangman.

The show is sure to have the audience in fits of laughter as a result of Punch’s anarchic clowning around so don’t miss out.

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Kimberley Adams

Friday, August 24th, 2012
Posted in: Wolves
Posted by Spike Dennis

‘We’, you and I, are the basis of Kimberley’s work. Kimberley examines elements needed to produce portraiture, investigating the displacement of the spectator and the subject; investigating the shift in spectator power relations and how much visual information contributes to a person’s identity and how displacement of the spectator and subject can be affected. In the history of art, people have sought to produce images either of themselves or of others and portraiture has become a source of endless interpretation, documenting and revealing subjects, however we can never ‘know’ the subject within an image.

Kimberley Adams’ current work ‘Look’ invites the spectator to seek out the portrait of the artist as no image is provided. The portrait will be realised at a glance, through conversation at private viewings, through the introduction of friends, it may even take place at home when researching the artist. The way in which the spectator views this portrait highlights the many ways in which contemporary portraiture should be viewed.

Kim Adams - UntitledKimberley Adams - UntitledKimberley Adams - Why You MeKim Adams - Why You MeKimberley Adams - Look At MeKimberley Adams - Look At Me (Detail)


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Spike Dennis

Friday, August 24th, 2012
Posted in: Alpha
Posted by Spike Dennis

‘So come with me where dreams are born and time is never planned. Just think happy things and your heart will fly on wings forever in Never-Never Land’
- Peter Pan

Born in the late great summer of nineteen eighty something Spike Dennis displayed an aptitude for making and creating at a young age primarily through his love of playing with Duplo™ and Stickle Bricks. He spent several years floating around inside his own dreams imagining that he was roaming the mountain tops in the far north, chasing the Lunar Hare with a fish knife, before eventually giving up his preschool toys in exchange for some paints and brushes.

Spike trained at the prestigious Wimbledon School of Art in London where he was taught the deepest darkest secrets of the age old tradition that is Fine Art Painting. He later completed his Masters Degree in Fine Art following which he developed his purple tendencies, a lust for unicorn porn and a textiles based arts practice.

With a penchant for big hair, acrylic paint and peroxide Spike won’t be satiated until he has taken his distorted visions of the world around us to the furthest reaches of the universe.

Unicorn Dating (John) by Spike DennisUnicorn Dating (Grant) by Spike DennisThe Christmas Krampus Shadow Puppet PerformanceBaba Yaga by Spike DennisPunch & Judy by Layla Holzer & Spike DennisBaba Yaga by Spike DennisMelancholy by Spike DennisBaba Yaga by Spike Dennis

Baba Yaga by Spike Dennis

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Layla Holzer

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012
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Posted by Spike Dennis

Layla Holzer

Layla Holzer is fairy tale illustrator, paper cut maker, story creator and day dreamer.

Little Red Riding Hood alter-ego and wolf lover.

Over the hills and far away, in a place that lingers between the truth and the imaginary, do wolves, witches and wildness dwell between silver trees. A forest of dark enchantment, where inquisitiveness can lead to regret and the disobedient shall suffer.

Cautions to those curious children and poor parents who are short of moral values – heed my tales of admonishments!

I like to write and illustrate stories that echoe the woes and dismays that I see in society before weaving them into my fairy tale realm. Ultimately, I seek to inspire and encourage people to realise the mistakes of our world and adopt wiser moral judgement, through use of cautionary tales and uncanny punishment. I don’t mean to scare or upset but to awaken.

I mainly create my narratives through gouache paintings, paper cuts, puppets, shadows and pop-up books. I like to dip in and out of making 3D things but my work is mainly book based.

The Erl King by Layla HolzerThe Erl King by Layla HolzerLayla Holzer - Hairy HeadsLayla Holzer - HareLayla Holzer - Pupa

Punch & Judy by Layla Holzer & Spike DennisPunch & Judy by Layla Holzer & Spike DennisOnce Upon Again at Milkwood GalleryPinocchio by Layla HolzerRapunzel by Layla Holzer

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Amelia Johnstone

Monday, August 20th, 2012
Posted in: Wolves
Posted by Spike Dennis

Amelia Johnstone

“Wonder has no opposite; it springs up already doubled in itself, compounded of dread and desire at once, attraction and recoil, producing a thrill, the shudder of pleasure and of fear. It names the marvel, the prodigy, the surprise as well as the responses they excite of fascination and inquiry; it conveys the active motion towards experience and the passive stance of enrapturement.”
-Marina Warner, 1996

Something incredibly inspired is conjured from this, my favourite quote, when trying to explain what it is about the world, about stories and about drawing pictures which enliven the illustrator’s mind so significantly. Illustration is a couplet of image and text, one next to, beside or inspired by the other, it is chiefly words which inspire the imagination to create the image. There is a process beyond the literal which makes the words and image do very separate things whilst lying next to each other. They are not in love with each other but are siblings with complementary or contradictory personalities. Sometimes they disagree, grow up or grow out of each other, other times they run away and become something else, or happily come home and converse again.

As in all things it is a metaphor which explains the point, it is an image realised that muddles the sense together to create new meaning. It is the teller and the told in one castle with separate wings, one for the aftermath of the imagination of the story and one for its conception.

What is really important about illustration however is that it can work both ways. You can start with words and end up with a picture, or begin with a picture and end up with words. Either way one cannot live happily without the other, once the process of picture-making has happened words spoken or written, ‘spring up already doubled in themselves’. The happy ever after is long ago and a long away thought when things end and no more begin. It is the content, not the wrapping up of it which creates ‘the active motion towards experience and the passive stance of enrapturement.’

Amelia Johnstone - Pencil IllustrationAmelia Johnstone - Space IllustrationAmelia Johnstone - SketchbookAmelia Johnstone - Falmouth Forum PosterAmelia Johnstone - Pencil Illustration

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