Darren Banks - Soothsayers / Room 2: Oonagh Hegarty - Tabloid Alchemy
17 January - 28 February 2010



-Exhibition Opening: Saturday 16 January from 7pm, with live music and visuals from The Turing Test

-Exhibition Talk: Saturday 20 February, 3:30pm
Rocca Gutteridge will be leading a discussion of Sierra Metro's current exhibitions. Please join us at the gallery to share your thoughts and ideas about the work in the exhibitions with a cup of tea and biscuits.

Rocca has instigated, and is currently running, Artachat, a project based in Edinburgh and online encouraging discussion and dialogue between artists and audiences.
www.artachat.co.uk

Sierra Metro is proud to present two exhibitions of new work by Midlands-based artist Darren Banks and Newcastle-based artist Oonagh Hegarty. Both artists toy with found objects, images and film, proffering considered manipulations that work to both disorientate domestic familiarities and emancipate popular images from the commonplace.


Darren Banks, Soothsayers, 2010
Photography: Chris Park

For Soothsayers, Banks presents a series of sculptural assemblages. By animating found objects with edited excerpts from cartoons, horror films, wildlife documentaries, Italian cannibal and sci-fi B-movies, Banks’ unsettling works explore ideas of morality, anxiety and superstition.
Darren Banks is a University of Newcastle Upon Tyne MA Fine Art graduate (2005) and is currently represented by Workplace Gallery, Gateshead.


Oonagh Hegarty, Tabloid Alchemy, 2010
Photography: Matt Carter

In Room Two, Hegarty presents a selection of hand rendered spirograph and doily drawings of silhouette images captured from the headlines. Alongside these, Hegarty exhibits a selection of small scale sculptures – 3D models based on the red tops, computer generated visualisations and technical illustrations from news stories.
Oonagh Hegarty graduated with BA Hons Fine Art, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne (2003).


Darren Banks, Soothsayers, 2010
Photography: Chris Park


Oonagh Hegarty, Tabloid Alchemy, 2010
Photography: Matt Carter


BANKS / HEGARTY PRESS

MAP Magazine: www.mapmagazine.co.uk/index.cfm?page=984F1E34-BDF5-2379-71075D0184E53D92&articleid=459
The List: www.list.co.uk/article/23372-darren-banks-soothsayers-oonagh-hegarty-tabloid-alchemy/
The Skinny: www.theskinny.co.uk/article/98432-darren-banks-sierra-metro
The Journal: www.journal-online.co.uk/article/6422-darren-banks-soothsayers-oonagh-hegarty-tabloid-alchemy

All images courtesy the artists