When one thinks about ideas and perception, one may consider variety and then development. This exhibition, Conceptual Movement, featuring the work of Popopstudios Junior artists-in-residence Yutavia George and Christina Darville challenges the viewer to be reflective of the common traditional view of Bahamian art.
The name of this show was structured after being inspired by The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas’ 6th National Exhibition entitled “Kingdom Come.” One could see the progression of Bahamian artwork in the variety of responses. Our work represents a continuation of interest towards production and reinforcement of originality that is currently being produced from other Bahamian artists.
George’s work is meditative, considering where artists receive ideas and where they see a communicative and aesthetic purpose for their work. It also emphasizes the need to continue cultivating one’s drive towards this development.
Darville’s work is also introspective, regarding the movement of not just, literally, line but also the movement of a new generation of art and highlights the transformation and evolution of concept in each Bahamian artist. Moreover, like George’s, it has been influenced greatly due to the exposure granted by Popopstudios International Center for the Visual Arts, the D’Aguilar Art Foundation and artist Antonius Roberts. These coveted prizes encouraged these students to focus fully on fine-tuning their skills while exploring artistic avenues and experimenting with their artwork during the summer of 2012.
George states “As with other artists, our work is reflective of a consistent practice – an exploration, the manipulation of mediums as it relates to content which suits the context of the gallery and our perceptions.”
Darville states “our work is moving in a different direction than what is perceived as traditional Bahamian art”.