Exhibition: STREET TALK – The Mancunian Way

STREET TALK – The Mancunian Way, explores two contrasting sides of Manchester’s urban evolution, with two exceptional Manchester artists, in two great Manchester locations. Matt Wilde and Tim Garner manage to capture the heart and soul of Manchester, a city which celebrates difference, welcomes innovation, thrives on change and still manages to offer a warm, relaxed welcome. 

Manchester’s evolution is bound up with the contrast of growth and decay shown in the exhibition’s art work. The shining temples of contemporary city living merge with declining buildings from a receding world. STREET TALK captures the voice of the people who create and sustain these environments, asking them how they want to merge the old with the new, and what vision of ‘The Mancunian Way’ do they see for the future? Artwork will be on show at ARTZU Gallery as well as the Albert Square Chop House from July 3rd – 23rd 2013.

Tim Garner View from Quay Street

ARTZU Gallery Tim Garner Swan Street

Tim Garner documents the disappearing parts of Manchester as they are slowly consumed by contemporary architecture and our busy living.

Garner was born in Charlesworth on the edge of Manchester but only fully experienced the landscape around him on his return from 20 years spent living and practising as an artist in France.  This long absence gave him a fresh vision and really opened his eyes to the multifaceted charm of the North.

Whilst living in Paris Garner’s work had focused on figurative photography so the metamorphosis into landscape work on his return to Manchester gave his imagery a subtle sensuality.  He maintains a love of photography but this initial opening forms only the back bone for his current work.  

The flesh and soul is painted, scratched and worked into the body of the imagery. Garner creates something which physically captures the urban decay of Manchester through a layer of plaster, chalk and urban detritus.  The colours and textures of this chalk and ash capture the folds of Northern hills and the essence of city streets. Garner encapsulates this beauty with an intense observation of the everyday which is akin to a contemporary Lowry.

Wilde’s work is witty and dry; observing the hustle and bustle of our fast paced consumer driven lives. He watches the city swarm and throng as we rush to keep up.

His Manchester streetscapes are hard-edged yet with a northern, humorous charm. The irony and self-deprecation of Matt’s work give an opportunity to release daily anxieties with a quiet smile. He invites you into his world with little witticisms and observations that punctuate his visual prose.

“I have incorporated newspaper cuttings along with shopping receipts and tickets from public transport since 1998. I feel that they serve a purpose as a foundation to my work, capturing a moment in time along with dates and headlines.

I sometimes add political humour to the work by creating my own headlines in newspapers, billboards or on adverts seen on taxis and buses, I feel that these small attentions to detail keep the observer interested in the work and help them to find something new in each view.”  Matt Wilde

Wilde’s use of urban architecture shows the glamour that attracts you to city centre Manchester. While this is a world we all too easily recognise, through Wilde’s eyes we somehow come to grips with its enormity and pathos.

ARTZU Gallery Matt Wilde You can call me AL

matt wilde sightings of wildes sketchy people

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