Group Exhibition HYBRID

7-25 September 2017

Nilbar Güreş, Marcia Kure, Alice Maher and Sally Smart

Purdy Hicks Gallery is pleased to present Hybrid, a group exhibition including artworks by Nilbar Güreş, Marcia Kure, Alice Maher and Sally Smart. The works exhibited demonstrate visual explorations of hybridization, both through the subject matter and artistic medium.

Ancient mythology exploited our hybrid nature, but for thousands of years theologians and their minions have tried to suppress stories of half-human, half-animal creatures and the implication of quite how complicated we are.

Nilbar Güreş (born Istanbul, 1977) uses collage to investigate the merging of place, gender, and social politics. She received a BA in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Marmara University, İstanbul, and then completed her MA in Painting & Graphics from the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. In her works, Güreş explores the female identity, the role of women, the relations between women and their homes and public spaces. The pressures on women have led to migration. Güreş fights injustice wherever she sees it.

Hybrid identities are formed in Marcia Kure's mixed media works on paper, reflecting imagery that confronts loss and postcolonial destabilization. Marcia Kure (born 1970, Nigeria) trained at the University of Nigeria, and is a prominent member of the Nsukka School, known for its combination of lyrical simplicity and socio-political vision. She now lives and works in Princeton, US. Her recent drawing, photomontage and sculptures imagine alternative worlds.

The watercolours of Alice Maher (Born 1956, Co.Tipperary, Ireland ) depict hybrid beings at home with our past and present, mythology and modern life. Maher has produced some of the most iconic images in Irish art: watercolour paintings, sculpture, photography, filmdrawings, installation, video and charcoal drawings. Becoming, a retrospective exhibition of Maher's work, was held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, in 2012-13.

Collage is a strong feminist tool in the hands of Sally Smart (born 1960, Quorn, South Australia). She uses materials often associated with 'female craft', yet her women figures do not play second fiddle to anyone. They are in control of today's environment. She has long been concerned with the feminine identity from an historical perspective. She makes us look again and unravels the roles that women played in the past.