Lucy in the Sky


Brobirn / Emma Cousin / Aly Helyer / Adam Kelly / Neil Metzner

Organised by Corinna Spencer


5 June – 5 July 2015

Gallery Open: Friday - Sunday 12-6pm
(closed Sunday 21 & 28 June)



To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour

William Blake, Auguries of Innocence


With a whole cosmology of mega data and imagery now readily available at the touch of a screen, artists are free to make up their own worlds, hybridising versions of reality, mixing it up, musing, humouring, personalising and confounding as they go. Lucy in the Sky presents five very personal visions of the stuff that surrounds us.

Brobirn use collage as a metaphor for the contemporary impossibility of processing the vast amount of fragmented information we receive from the media/internet. They assemble ill-fitting fragments - movie stars and celebrities, historical figures, narratives from novels and soap operas, contemporary technology and historical fact - to construct their own hybrids and define their experience. Thus history, myth, news, gossip, personal experience and emotions connect to create a very singular fragile and surreal concept of reality.

Emma Cousin says ‘I paint objects because the act of oil painting tells me something new about the object. I want to face something unsettling – anti-Instinct, unexpected and unexplained, that feels like it is painted from the inside out like a ball of wool or a man’s head’. The lunacy of these subjects interrogates movement and places the figurative article into an abstract dimension embracing surprise, non-sequitur and surrealist automatism.




Aly Helyer is interested in mythological figures, universal archetypes, alchemy, monsters, amorphous hybrid creatures, deities, bogey men, religion, mysticism, child gods, the iconic, the shadow, tricksters, magic and voodoo. Helyer captures fleeting impressions of these monsters and gods via a painting process made up of conscious and unconscious decisions and chance happenings.

Adam Kelly paints intuitively using a subjective system of logic as a guiding mechanism to suggest simple forms or spaces. Smudgy, recognisable motifs loom on small uniform canvasses. Whether picturing helmets or Ned Kelly performing stand up comedy in a modern-day environment, the process always begins with a central image and idea. Kelly then 'washes' the original image from the surface to discover a new vision entirely.




Neil Metzner says ‘For the past few years I’ve been painting things that are: vanishing, sinking, melting or slightly out of reach. My pictures are not directly about their central motifs (for instance, a plane crash or someone drowning) instead, these themes offer an entry point and also a clue. I’m trying to create something particular, perhaps a glimpse into the future, that has been shaped over time and in-part by events that have left some kind of scar’.


Press / Links
Ransom Note - Neil Metzner talks about his influences
Studio International - Emma Cousin talks abouther work