How this Coventry artist found new inspiration

A Coventry artist has found new inspiration from an exhibition at the same gallery where her own work is on display. 

Coventry-based artist Adele M. Reed, whose work features in the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum’s Biennial: The Twin has visited another temporary exhibition, Radical Drawing: Works From Coventry and the Courtauld. 

Reed is now urging on locals and artists to experience both exhibitions, before they close in late January 2020.  

Coventry has 26 twin cities around the world, and all artists in the Biennial reflect themes including translation, collaboration and togetherness. Reed’s photographs entitled Five Dérives were taken during her travels around five of Coventry’s twins. 

Her work, which reflects the 1960s surrealist art movement of unplanned walks as new ways to explore cities, will remain on display until Sunday, 26 January with visitors also having the chance to see the works of the likes of Picasso and Pissarro as part of ‘Radical Drawing’ until Sunday, January 19.

Adele said: “It was an excellent opportunity as a Coventry artist to be involved in the Biennial, which led me to the Radical Drawing exhibition and introduced me to more inspiration close to home. 

“The exhibition has such a range of different styles, one of the most striking images is the ‘Map of a thirty-six square mile surface area of the Pacific Ocean west of Oahu’ by the 1960s Coventry-based conceptual art collective Art & Language. 

“This piece is in stark, playful contrast to the rich and often complex line markings of the other works and illustrates an empty square. But within it so much is suggested.

“I looked obsessively at maps and the components of places for my project ‘Five Dérives’ but this work highlights void space, creating a meditative, deserted image, though somehow not too dissimilar in mood to what I aim for in my photographs. 

“It’s been a real honour to have had my work displayed at the museum and I would urge everyone to make sure they visit both exhibitions before they close.” 

Ruark Jon-Stevens, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Herbert Art Gallery & Museum said: “Both exhibitions explore collaboration as they are part of the Coventry Biennial and an ongoing partnership with The Courtauld Gallery.

There is something for everyone, from abstract drawings, to nature, to human form.”