Structure of Decay


Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal

May 20th – July 22nd , Open Daily –

Tom graduated from the UCLan Fine Art programme with a 1st Class Honours Degree in summer 2016 and has a studio in South Lakeland. The work exhibited is a combination of his degree show work and newly created pieces for the Brewery Arts Centre, all revolving around urban structures, decay and deterioration of the buildings and their surfaces.

Old Brewery Series

This series of work is set around the journey which the Brewery Arts Centres’ buildings have undergone and been recorded over the past 40 years. The imagery is from the Brewery’s own photographic archive. I have taken a range of architectural images, those of which are appropriate to my practice of depicting the urban decay of structures. I have then developed a process by exploring with the senses, in particular with the textures to produce this group of one off, sculptural screen prints.

The way in which the prints have been constructed is to emulate the idea of fermentation. The backgrounds are created by hand printed organic textures to give the sense of soaked and stained paper, evoking a feel of ageing to the imagery and also reflecting the brewing process. The foreground composition itself has been reduced from the original photographs to give emphasis to the fragility of the structure, this layer is screen printed with a warm mix of greys and browns to create a resemblance of the industrial era from the buildings former life. The curved frame presentation is to echo the form of the vats and barrels indicative of a brewery as well as to enhance further structure to the pieces. The screen prints are then presented in frames made from oak, to be true to the traditional barrel material and construction.