Only forward?

An intriguing mix of art exhibition, residency and open studio by visual artist Holly Rowan Hesson.

By Matthew Tyas | April 5th '13

Only forward? is an intriguing mix of art exhibition, residency and open studio by visual artist Holly Rowan Hesson.

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The exhibition flyer text deliberately only hints at what the exhibition may reveal – “collecting thoughts, exposing questions, blurring answers, thinking clicking thinking clicking” but we can assume, based on the artist’s practice concerns, that the work will broadly comprise experimental and abstract photographic, projection and installation-based works.

Excitingly the work will be developed on site, taking as a starting point all the artist’s
materials, work, research and other documentation from the almost three year timespan of
the MA in Contemporary Fine Art at Salford University, which she is concluding through this
exhibition.

Excitingly the work will be developed on site, taking as a starting point all the artist’s materials, work, research and other documentation from the almost three year timespan…

The space will be in constant flux over a two week period. This dynamic process-based
approach, along with the fact that she will be opening her doors midway through working in
this way, brings with it an immediacy and sense of risk that is hoped will be evident in the resulting work.

Holly comments “Concluding my Masters with an experimental two weeks transforming
everything I’ve gathered over the last three years in a huge empty space full of potential and also challenges, feels like a fitting way not just to close the MA, but to investigate new ways of working and make new work in the process, hence the title and ethos of the show.”

Holly is documenting her processes, methodologies, results and conclusions through her
blog and very active social media platforms. She is actively seeking input on this project and also seeking reviews from writers and documentation of the exhibition and evening event
from photographers.

All are very welcome to the evening view with drinks being held on Weds 1 May from 6-8pm
at 4 Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3BN which will have a celebratory feel (with good
beer!)

Exhibition details

Evening exhibition view with drinks: Weds 1 May 6-8pm
4 Piccadilly Place, Manchester, M1 3BN
Exhibition open and artist on site: Sat 27 April 12-6pm; Sun 28 April 12-4pm; Thurs 2 May
12-6pm and by appointment

Artist statement: hollyrowanhesson.co.uk/artist-statement

Contact
Website and portfolio: hollyrowanhesson.co.uk
Blog: hollyrowanhesson.co.uk/blog
Email: holly@hollyrowanhesson.co.uk
Twitter: twitter.com/hollyrowan
Facebook: facebook.com/hollyrowanhesson