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meta morph asus

'meta morph asus'

We're thrilled to have Mark Nicholls back at Daisy Laing, with an exciting new body of work, entitled 'meta morph asus'.

Obviously our real world gallery is still closed due to lockdown restrictions, so the show can be viewed in its entirety here on the website, plus local filmmaker Caitlin Dean has made a short film about the exhibition, with Mark talking a bit about it.

All artwork in the show is also available to view on the 'meta morph asus' page on our site and can be purchased via our website.


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Tim Ridley's 'Volt'

Tim Ridley's exciting new show 'Volt' is currently on display at Daisy Laing, but obviously due to the current lockdown we are closed. However here is a short film made by Caitlin Dean to give you a taste of the exhibition. All artwork in the show is also available to view on Tim's page on our site and can be purchased via our website.

"How it is to fly free.'

‘How It Is To Fly Free’
9D3173AC-D10B-4999-9E43-D7CF7558B821Daisy Laing until 12th December.

At the end of 2019, in response to a period of illness, I created a series of paintings for a show at Daisy Laing Gallery, entitled ‘Flight of the Imagination’, the narrative of which portrayed a yellow Canary who escaped from her cage and had begun to explore the domestic, human environment of a house. I became curious about the inter-play between the Canary and human objects, by the way its scale and vibrancy enlivened and re-appropriated ordinary domestic items.

By January 2020 my thoughts had transitioned to exploring the life of an escaped canary living free in the wild but by early March lockdown had arrived and with it a collective experience of entrapment. The pace and scale of our lives changed; a quietness descended. Many of us became more intensely attuned to the sounds and sights of the natural world as spring burgeoned on, unaware of the human drama. Once again, I found myself looking with envy at the birds soaring the sky and busying themselves with nest making, mating, and singing. A verse in the song ‘ How it would feel to be free’ sung by Nina Simone encapsulated this feeling,

‘I wish I could be
Like a bird in the sky
How sweet it would be
If I found I could fly

Oh I’d soar to the sun
And look down at the sea

Soon Lockdown eased, Black Lives Matters protests happened, statues toppled and themes of restrictions and freedoms were being discussed on a global scale. Alongside those events, my small canary was exploring and surviving; foraging, voyaging, singing, flying free – an emblem of liberation.

Natalia Hamon, October 2020

Kleiner Shames at Ocean Studios

Daisy Laing's year long residency at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard, Plymouth continues with Kleiner Shames. Read Moreā€¦