Robbins and Roberts present
New works by Kate Merry and Daniel Sparkes
12 December - 17 January
Private view Friday 12 December 5-8pm
Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays 10-4
SVA 4 John Street, Stroud GL5 2HA
Emerging from the genre of Comic Abstraction, Merry and Sparkes apply interventions into the quotidian fabric of life, injecting it with dark, comic motifs. Kate Merry creates playfully mutated hyper-idols that are simultaneously staunch and titillating. Found objects and painted clay combine in appealingly abject sculptures, strange and colourful products of a pervasive cognitive dissonance.Daniel Sparkes works predominantly in 2D, making dusty graphite drawings and using paint that flows like Peyo's ectoplasm onto found imagery, all with his uniquely absurd 'Seussian' landforms. The fused cartoon elements impose a personal gallows vision awkwardly onto our conventional, now seemingly flatter, world.avourite, 'doom-poet' Bill Jones, plus DJ's til late, silly competitions and possibly a film or two.