“Undecided on Love” Exhibition – 6th, 7th & 8th February 2015.

Last weekend we embarked on our most ambitious show to date. ‘Undecided on Love’ brought together the work of more than 30 artists, writers, poets and musicians to explore and celebrate the ubiquitous monster that is LOVE in the broadest possible sense, and we couldn’t be more pleased with how it went.
Right from the start the theme seemed to envelop everything in the building and, as people began to arrive, this increased until we could barely move for the loved-up/love-lorn visitors that came to help us celebrate.

© Lucy Boynton/Chris Jones

© Lucy Boynton/Chris Jones

The private view on Friday night was a great indication of how the rest of the weekend was set to develop. A steady crowd of beautiful people poured through the doors of Ventnor Exchange to share the love and take-in the astounding range of work on show. The Ventnor Darlings jubilantly performed an epic, diverse set of love songs to suit every outlook, much to the crowd’s delight and, as the evening progressed, many tuneful revellers joined in to form an impromptu chorus of heartbreak and joyful starry-eyed goo. Beautiful!

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The next day was equally busy, with another steady torrent of visitors arriving throughout the day to see the show, sample the Exchange’s excellent Island-roasted coffee, enjoy one of a wide selection of craft beers and browse the music on offer in their record store.
Then, on Saturday evening, John Armstrong of Chorderize presented a delightfully relaxed and varied evening of spoken word with musical interludes that was also incredibly well attended. We hadn’t been expecting to fill the house but, once again found ourselves quickly up to capacity and about 30 chairs short of comfortable but managed nicely with a liberal smattering of comfy cushions on the floor the patience of twenty or so lovely attendees that didn’t seem to mind standing at the well-stocked bar and craning their ears.

This is the first time we have explored a theme as a collective, and what a theme it turned out to be! From Stephen Butterfield’s tales of love-induced madness to Luke Ellison’s allegorical examination of the value that we attribute/allow others to attribute to our offerings in our search for love, the sheer range of work was remarkable. As well as Undecided veterans Dixcey, Rachael Berry, Julie Barnes, Holly Maslen, Kerrie Stritton, Holly Cade, Chemical GDNS, 6 Webbed Fingers (previously Lamb Ninja Bleed) Doris Doolally and Stephen Butterfield we also welcomed several new exhibitors for this show, including the astoundingly detailed dolls of Anastasia Georgiou, the intimate documentary photography of Harry Marsden, Woz Hampshire’s precise, reciprocal drawings, Graphic Designer/sculptor Maya Malfatti’s beautiful ‘four letter word’ series of drawings, animator Luke Bridgeman‘s polymer clay creations and ceramicist Steven Paul Sales’ lovely take on the unifying act of love that is cooking for one’s friends.

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We’d like to extend a HUGE thank you to all involved and everyone who attended for an exceptional weekend. We’re TOTALLY loved up and can’t wait to see you at the next one…. watch this space!!! 🙂 x x x

With Love,
The Undecided Art Collective Team x

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