'By the Light of a Silvery Moon' is an exhibition of artwork by both Jon Spencer & Alessandro Cripsta. With an air of mystical, spiritual, historical and nostalgic ghostliness.
"Alessandro Cripsta is an Illustrator and Graphic Artist. He creates suspended images that echo the collective unconscious, taking inspiration from ancient symbols and metaphysical paintings. Wide horizons where long shadows fall."
Jon Spencer’s work is concerned with ideas of the layering of history; physically, emotionally and in terms of memories. He looks to tease out stories hidden in the fabric and collective memory of our urban environment, retelling them and prompting the viewer to look at their surrounds anew. For this show at Urchin, Jon is showing a set of his Bandstand Series. These layered, painterly images are created through a systematic process which plays on the symmetrical form of the Bandstands. Their ethereal nature creates a tangible sense of the passage of time, with contemporary figures appearing as ghosts of their Victorian or Edwardian forebears. Here we see the bandstands absorbing and reflecting the changes in their surroundings, whether as active centres of attention, or as dis-used and perhaps mis-used relics of the past.
“Jon Spencer has created photographs that are ethereal, at once very specific and yet so universal that the connection with the viewer is multifarious. The bandstands are indeed “silent sentinels”, but they also call out ever so majestically.” - Debra Klomp Ching, The Klompching Gallery, New York, writing in Troika Editions
Jon will also be showing a few pieces from his new work, By the Light of a Silvery Moon. Here original black & white postcards of traditional English seaside resorts are inter-inlaid with bejewelled & saturated versions of the same image created by the commercial retoucher's brush a few years distant. We jump between a straightforward day time view and one where windows glow, festoons light up or are invented and more often than not a silvery moon appears in the sky.