Trevor Abbott













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Trevor Abbott: 'The Contingent Image’

neo:studios are delighted to announce a fascinating solo exhibition by Trevor Abbott, winner of the prestigious 2014 biennial neo:printprize.

Trevor was born in Leeds and resumed his art education in London where he specialised in printmaking. He was awarded a 12 week, all-expenses-paid residency at neo:studios during the summer of 2015 sponsored by The University of Bolton and GreatArt which, as a final outcome, included the opportunity to exhibit in neo:gallery27.

Trevor says of his neo:residency experience: "The time I spent in Bolton at neo:studios has been remarkably significant and influential on my understanding of the local art scene and, more importantly, the neo:residency has been invaluable with regards access to printmaking facilities, studio space and technical support, and has provided me with the opportunity to focus on my ideas".

Through the printmaking process, Trevor explores the nature of digital images that today we can send virtually anywhere and anytime from a ubiquitous array of sources. He explains: "These source images are “poor images” and I use printmaking, predominately screen printing which is essentially a binary process concerned with layers, to recover or fix these “poor images” from the field possibilities within which these images circulate.

The prints in the show start with a digital image extracted from various online sources such as ‘Youtube’ and the majority of these images relate to Bolton or its locality. The word ‘contingent’ is used in the sense that each print is the result of a number of processes through which the image has passed. The intention of the work in ‘The Contingent Image’ is to consider whether the image represents reality or is reality found in the conditions of the image’s existence".

The exhibition runs from

19 November 2015 until 3 January 2016
preview Saturday 21 November, 2.00 - 4.00
Gallery hours 11.00 - 5.00 Thursday to Sunday

The Market Place
Bolton BL1 2AN


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