Emma Geliot's picture

This Brutality, Bob Gelsthorpe, 2016. Pencil, Watercolour, Screenprint on paper, (edition of 15). Courtesy of the artist. This Brutality, Bob Gelsthorpe, 2016. Pencil, Watercolour, Screenprint on paper (edition of 15). Courtesy of the artist.

Bob Gelsthorpe presents his first solo UK show at Line Gallery, Stroud and it promises to be 'everything, forever, for you'

For the first solo presentation of Bob Gelsthorpe's work, the Cardiff-based artist uses the infamous letter written by Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse (1965) as a starting point, taking devotion and faith as catalytic factors for the works. Turning the letter from an intimate correspondence into a public statement creates a state of transition, where empathy and intimacy become readily accessible.

Gelsthorpe told CCQ: "The new works are in praise of Sol Lewitt's letter, and to go further than that are in praise of generosity, and the faith in artist-led ethics."

We'll go down this road until it turns from colour to black & white, Bob Gelsthorpe, 2016. Video still. Courtesy of the artist. We'll go down this road until it turns from colour to black & white, Bob Gelsthorpe, 2016. Video still. Courtesy of the artist.

The works in the show are the results of an artist residency at Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. They mark a welcome return to a dedicated visual practice for the artist.

Gelsthorpe said:Whilst on residency, I took a tangential approach to creating new works, and this is no more apparent than in my new video piece, We ll go down this road until it turns from colour to black & white, where the platform of moving image has become a sketchbook, a place where sequences and compositions are fragmented and clashing, leaving a sense of it being incomplete. Using moving image allows an access to the rest of the works on show, and demonstrate a whole range of idiosyncrasies that inform the rest of the show.

Line Gallery presents 'everything, forever, for you' from 5 28 February 2016 and Bob Gelsthorpe will host an artist talk on 6 February at 2pm with free refreshments.

linegallery.co.uk

cargocollective.com/bobgelsthorpe