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Mechanical Confection is a solo exhibition of new work by Manchester artist, Joey Collins opening at mura ma in Marple, Stockport on Saturday 18 March – 1 April 2023.
Joey subjects his playful analogue and digital drawings to a process akin to a mechanised production method that involves constructing, de-constructing, reconstructing and repetition. He uses silk screen printing as his system to bring order and control to his mark making to create colourful animated compositions.
Having studied sculpture during his fine art degree, Joey stresses that space is as important as form in his work to create a feel of the object. His love of photographing the city where he lives and works also influences his work. He feels drawn to abstract painting, particularly the work of Joan Mitchel, André Butzer and Howard Hodgkin. He also points to Stanley Witney’s development of his own abstract visual language in response to colour as a significant influence on his practice.
Joey Collins’ studio looks out over the city and its time-lapse landscape, from dereliction and wasteland to high rise street scenes – he’s been watching over Oldfield Road, Salford from his corner of Hotbed Press print workshop for the past six years. His studio contains many found objects, colour studies, drawings and photographs collected from around the city, evidence that winds its way into the work. After graduating from University of Salford in 1997 with a first-class honours degree in Visual Arts, Joey worked in the creative industries including graphic design, interior design, textiles, even making chocolate. From 2014 he has been developing a body of work exploring the medium of collage, drawing and printmaking.
This exhibition presents a significant new body of work titled ‘Stack’ and consists of individual mono-printed works printed onto Somerset Satin and Yupo watercolour paper, each piece is unique and are available to buy at the exhibition. .
This is the second exhibition from Mura Ma, a new independent artist-run gallery located at 15 Stockport Road, Marple, Stockport SK6 7BD. The exhibition runs from Saturday 11 March – 1 April 2023, preview on Friday 10 March 7pm-9pm.