Synecdoche is a month long exhibition at the Christmas Steps Gallery, Bristol. See my highlights so far…
Synecdoche (pronounced sin- ek – duh – kee) Art Collective are a Bristol based art collective who have brought an interesting and challenging three-part series to the Christmas Steps Gallery in December. After exhibiting in London earlier this year, the collective have gone from strength to strength. The 50 artists who have joined forces to create the vivacious energy of Synecdoche participated in turn on a week rotation – meaning three lots of exhibitions and three lots of opening nights, woo!
The word Synecdoche was once a word on a term list in English A-Level so to save you the Google search, it’s when each part represents the whole and the whole is a sum of those parts. An art exhibition is a synecdoche because the art and the artists represent the whole because of their combined influences and the exhibition is a sum of the art and their artists.
The exhibition space on the Christmas Steps has provided the perfect backdrop for the Synecdoche group who exhibit a range of 2D and 3D pieces from sculpture, painting, drawing, textiles, metal and more.
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Directly infront of the door stands Maura Zukina’s mixed media figures which combine fabric, textile material with some kind of clay material. The figurines look like the puppets in a Punch & Judy set, to use the wording on the Synecdoche website the word ‘unsettling’ sums up Maura’s work. Needless to say, the blue rottweiler at the foot of the figurines has a real comical effect and interweaves the fun element which Synecdoche sets out to achieve.
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In ‘All that I have’ Alexandra Davies meticulously laid out a collection of items which had been carefully thought out and delicately created. The stained brown paper and the faded blue canvas material fitted thematically with the natural feather and bone. There was something distinctively earthy about the items on the plinth, their simplistic colours and materials felt humble. The very nature of being laid out in front of the viewer felt like a handful of odds and sods found in the bottom of a pocket in the centre of an open palm – all of those items loosely connecting to the identity of the owner.
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George Malyckyj is a talented print designer who uses layering to create these stunning patterns.