Jack House Gallery has hit the ground running with its inaugural, some would say controversial, exhibition by the young artist Amartey Golding and the building has been buzzing with talk of the “Ruby thing” as the artist himself refers to the questions some of his large scale charcoal images sparsely mounted in this cool, clean space have spawned.
Amartey says he wants these questions, these conversations, to take place and even though there will never be obvious answers, “I want to hear what other people have to say.”
“I wanted it to be subtle,” he says of the art he has created here, “intimate drawings of a female nude that make people stop and say, wait, hold on. Provocation would have taken the honesty out of it.”
It is no secret now that the Ruby thing is Ruby Tandoh of Great British Bake-off fame and although Golding insists that the drawings are not ‘about’ her - “Once you’ve made your art, you can’t change the context - most art is about yourself” - it has become the talking point of an intriguing study in the culture of celebrity, “the idea of the projections we have on people.”
“It wasn’t about her, it was about NOT knowing her,” asserts the artist. Before adding that although it would be interesting to discover what she thought of the pictures, if her lawyers rang her response might not be so intriguing! Meanwhile he says he hopes they don’t send the “bakery assassins” after him.
You are welcome to come and see for yourself and to, as Golding says, continue the conversation.
Come and talk to Amartey Golding
at Jack House Gallery
from 10am-12pm on
Thursday 30th April for a Q&A.
The show closes 9th May 2015 so be sure not to miss it.