to Draw the Line?
An exhibition by Colin Reid
Urban Coffee Lounge, Smithdown Road from June 3rd - Aug 5th
‘Where To Draw The Line?’ is a collection of twenty-five
pictures created by Colin Reid; all paintings he has created over negative
prints. It brings together a group of largely everyday images in an interesting
and different form.
Reid views his work as a collection of memories, represented as we see
them in our mind - fragmented with the detail diminished: “The images
I paint are incomplete, ‘unfinished’, suggestions of an insignificant
event which has passed unnoticed or cannot fully be recalled. They represent
lost memories, they are the blackout from the drunken night, a forgotten
lover’s kiss, the ending of a blurred dream, the hurt from a distant
Reid’s intentions are clearly visible, from the image of a girl
and a man captured in the park (‘Force Uncertain Smile’) to
the snapshot of a naked female back (‘Undress me with Your Eye’)
he manages to convey the idea of the memories, which though faded are
still burned into our consciousness. His pictures also come across almost
like day-glo documentary photography. Despite the simple lines of the
images, the varying expressions on the people that he has captured are
clearly visible through great use of colour and shade. A snapshot of life
looked at through a different lens.
The artist has managed to create a thought-provoking reflection on life
through one simple but successful idea.