ARTISTS David Smith and Nigel Dawes have joined forces to host an exhibition described “intriguing, elegant, and beguiling” at the Town Mill’s Malthouse Gallery in Lyme Regis.
Dawes uses discarded and rediscovered plastic components to construct quirky, humorous, and slightly disturbing sculptural assemblages, or arranges identical but uniquely sea-worn plastic items into beautiful series.
Smith’s intimate, mesmeric drawings use repetitive elements that have been erased, redacted, or distorted by chance actions: traces of past events that read like DNA sequences or archaeological crop marks.
Both artists create work evoking the landscape and suggesting hidden stories, frequently imposing rules to frame their ideas yet allowing serendipity and coincidence to be a catalyst.
Their materials may be quite different, yet they share a pattern language and similar aesthetic. This results in an exhibition that is intellectually stimulating, visually intriguing and emotionally calming.
If you love minimalist, non-representational art with a conceptual flavour, Smith and Dawes deliver the individuality and creativity you seek.
The exhibition will be held from June 23 to 29 at the Malthouse Gallery at the Town Mill, open from 10.30am to 5pm. For more details visit townmill.org.uk