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West Gallery, Quay Arts, Sea Street, Newport, Isle of Wight PO30 5BD

Dazzle + Disrupt  at Quay Arts, IW, showcases the work of two emerging artists working in the South, drawing inspiration from historical Dazzle camouflage and its relationship to the Island’s maritime heritage.

Delayed for almost a year since the first lockdown in 2020, Dazzle + Disrupt is the much anticipated exhibition of 2021 at Quay Arts, exploring work by Lisa Traxler and Jeannie Driver, focusing on themes of perception, disorientation and disruption, instigated through the investigation of the Dazzle phenomenon.

A Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors, Lisa Traxler explores the concept of perspective and spatial awareness in her newly commissioned works alongside an exploration of materials from cut paper drawings to vitreous enamelled steel and hand painted wood sculptures.

The five piece ‘Time Traveller - Transformation’; aach vertical surface uniquely painted in a disruptive design and shaped to allude to ships vessels or fragments of defence architecture. These jagged geometric laser cut wood forms create a transitory sense and a temporary confusion of identity through the gallery space and viewed against the tension of the hand painted wall mural. This delineation between the two dimensional edge of vertical painting and the three dimensional edge of the sculptures creating an illusion of perspective and unknowing. The apertures created by extracting shaped forms play with the surface planes to increase this perspective illusion.

360 virtual tour available here.

'Time Traveller Transformation' sculptures by Lisa Traxler, image: Julian Winslow