Andrew Schumann exhibition, King's Lynn
ALISON CROOSE Visitors to the King's Lynn Festival exhibition read the carefully worded notes to each of the pieces displayed in an attempt to appreciate the thinking of the maker and collector.
Going to an art exhibition can be likened to a journey into another person's mind and an attempt to understand what you find there.
So it was with intense concentration that visitors to the King's Lynn Festival exhibition in King's Lynn Arts Centre's Fermoy Gallery read the carefully worded notes to each of the pieces displayed by Andrew Schumann in an attempt to appreciate the thinking of the maker and collector.
Mr Schumann's idea of exhibiting his own work alongside works he has bought has resulted in a fascinating display which offers a unique vision of a man very much influenced by the natural world.
Specimens ranging from leaves to shells are represented and incorporated in shapes which offer some parallels to the collected works, such as Mr Schumann's circle of tiny shells facing Chris Drury's amazing Mushroom Print.
The exhibition offers an intriguing insight into an artist, and the chance to study the work of contemporary artists including Bridget Riley, Eileen Cooper and Ken Kiff.
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Nearby in the Red Barn, the work of West Norfolk Artists' Association is less intellectually challenging yet still visually engaging. The display includes a variety of work from watercolours of West Norfolk by John Hughes to June Mullarkey's stoneware and Tony Bellars' nautical arrangement, Beside a Fog-Bound Creek.
It is the young association's biggest exposure to date and it does them great credit.