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'The Sum Of The Parts' by Julia Gardiner at RGU!

'The Sum Of The Parts' is currently on show at RGU's River Side East Building or now dubbed The Sir Ian Wood Building. Curated by RGU's Art & Heritage Collections department, the show brings together a substantial body of work by Grays alumni Julia Gardiner. Julia has been creating her unique paper works for almost 30 years and has mastered the art of making her own paper which she layer's up to create incredibly beautiful work which is very pleasing to the eye. Straddling the line between fine art, 3D design and sculpture, each piece is meticulously organised and harmonious with a natural colour palette which add an organic feel to the show. Read the full blurb about Julia below.

"Julia Gardiner originally trained as a printmaker at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen and The Royal College of Art, London, however, even in these early years she leant towards the layered, the constructed and the three dimensional. Her Degree Show in 1986 was an installation featuring large, free standing sheets of hand-made paper panels whilst many of her etchings depicted images of structures, containers and boxes. Over the past thirty years these core interests have merged in the form of boxed constructions where hand-made paper or pre-manufactured card or cardboard are ordered and organised in simple geometric compositions and relationships.

Although Gardiner’s constructions reflect a minimalist sensibility the making process is far removed from the machine aesthetic of Minimalism as the paper forms are all hand-drawn, hand-cut, hand-coloured, hand glued. Mathematical precision, calculation and sequential ordering all figure within the process but the hand-made, whilst aspiring towards perfection is nuanced with irregularities and variations caused by the repetition of drawing and cutting out almost identical shapes again and again. This leads to the emergence of organic elements and a more natural aesthetic alongside geometric pattern and this combination of curves and straight lines creates gently undulating surfaces that rise and fall like bumps, humps, hollows and ridges. Whilst landscape terms do sometimes appear as titles these references are by association rather than specific source material. The forms themselves evolve wholly through the process of cutting and stacking, leading to a surface that may appear solid from a distance but of course is made up of edges and gaps."

'The Sum Of The Parts' runs until the 4th of November and is open to the public in the main corridor of The Sir Ian Wood Building at RGU Garthdee so be sure to check it out and check out some more of RGU's Art collection which is dotted around buildings all over the campus from Grays to The Faculty of Health & Social Care. 

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