PAPER are showcasing new work by three artists. The first, Cardiff based artist James Moore, is heavily informed by the aesthetics of games, comics, sci-fi novels and, sometimes, by real places. These paintings all picture something expansive, something concrete, conjured up from fictional environments, sketches and photographs. One work may depict a virtual space, from an imagined world, while another might show a city park or a building from the real world. The painted scenes are never unbelievable spaces – they always stay close to the real, on the border of fiction.
Similarly the work of Ilona Kiss is equality intangible as she draws inspiration from her half remembered dream state, collective memory, and the question of place and belonging. The poetic qualities of uncertain situations influence her work as such and connect with traditional genres like Romanticism. Her work is drawn to ambiguity and she is interested in the tension between the familiar and the weird, and the real and the imaginary. Darkness and a sense of sadness surface in her work.
David Hancock discusses how anachronistic practices are shaping digital identities. This work merges virtual environments with still life. Presenting Asian Ball-jointed dolls as a conduit between the virtual and its own status as a still life object. Hancock places these objects within an environment taken from Second Life. As a platform, Second Life had the potential to become an online utopia of individual world builders, but these towns and cities are now sparsely populated ghost-towns. Participation in these niche subcultures is via avatars, in which complex worlds are created in detail and inhabited by proxy.
LLE are exhibiting new work by Cardiff-based artists Casper White and Aishan Yu, and Iwan Lewis, who is based in Anglesey, North Wales.