Art - Dialectic at Old
Market St Garage
I meet Christine Hall and Wenda Bradley outside the large
warehouse in North Street which until recently was used as
the premises for Market Lane Garage and was earlier a part
of the Phoenix ironworks. The two women, both art educators,
have formed a new company, Artemis, and are busy fine-tuning
their first project, Dialectic, which will take place in the
site over the next three weeks as part of the Artwave Festival.
“The space is an integral part of the project,”
says Christine. “Throughout the three weeks two artists
will be exhibiting here, C. Morey de Morand and Julie Wood.”
Morey de Morand’s work has already been hung around
the walls: large colourful tableaux, some of which were inspired
by Lewes in general, and the industrial site in particular.
Her work is hard to describe. Abstract, certainly, and very
linear. Colours often clash: orange against sky blue; red
against green. Lots of blocks, and bands, and stripes, and
barcode type emblems. Some of the older work has textiles
hanging on painted canvases. The whitewashed factory walls
really set the works off; it’s strangely exciting seeing
art in such an industrial setting.
Local artist Julie Wood is known for her influential ceramics
but here is showing photographs based on structure and patterns
in nature taken from the area surrounding the site. “She
is fascinated with fractals, and chaos theory,” says
Wenda, showing me a colourful abstract-looking image. “Her
large prints are sensitive and look fantastic”.