Journey to Abstraction at The Parndon Mill

Lifestyle / Tue 14th Apr 2015 at 07:37pm

PollardBy Catherine Johnson

PARNDON Mill Gallery welcomed a new exhibition last Thursday (9 April) featuring the works of abstract painter and photographer, John Pollard.

The exhibition, A Journey to Abstraction, will run until 17 May and marks the development of complexity and variety in Mr Pollard’s work over the last few years.

Describing his preference for abstract art, Mr Pollard said: “I am fascinated by how abstraction says something interesting about being human. That we can create objects with no discernible subject matter other than themselves.

“That we can engage one to one with a painting and take pleasure from its purely visual qualities and not need outside theories, philosophies, personal biography, or other external ‘stuff’, to make sense of it.

“Abstraction is more than just a few random colourful marks on canvas but can be an ambitious, sophisticated physical structure that holds dynamically together; hence my interest in complexity and variety. It’s a challenge.”

Mr Pollard worked in mental health services for 20 years after achieving a degree in philosophy. He now has a part-time counselling practice in Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge, saying: “I work from an existential perspective and continue to develop my ideas on how this philosophy connects with my art practice.

“I’m interested in issues of freedom, meaning, judgement and value and also how the notion of authenticity impacts on the success, or otherwise, of creating art.”

Parndon Mill Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday, 10am – 5pm and Sunday, 2pm – 4pm with free admission.

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