Objects inspire at Honiton Thelma Hulbert Gallery

PUBLISHED: 14:48 01 October 2010 | UPDATED: 14:08 04 October 2010

Honiton’s Thelma Hulbert Gallery’s latest exhibition is designed to inspire visitors.

Honiton’s Thelma Hulbert Gallery is hosting an exhibition under the title Inspirational Objects.

This is an exhibition of and about simple elegant objects. It makes subtle connections between the natural and the manmade, between 3D objects and the 2D portrayal of comparative objects.

We live in a world created by nature but designed by man. Everyday we interact with hundreds of objects, the majority of which we take for granted. Some are inventive and ingenious, some are full of poetry or redolent with memories, and some which seem innocent can ultimately be harmful. This exhibition, by Alison Milner, a graduate of the Royal College of Art, and Steve Speller, a professional photographer, shows intriguing collections of manmade objects beside exquisite photographs of natural objects. The exhibition’s ultimate goal is to make us question the objects that surround us, to help you to see everyday things a little differently, to think why you like some things and dislike others, where an object comes from, how it’s made, what it’s made from, what it’s for - and whether we really need it at all.

At the centre of the exhibition is an activity/participation area with questions and ideas, and visitors contributions (personal anecdotes about favourite objects, fascinating facts etc) can be added to the display.

Alison Milner,curator and main contributor, is a graduate of the Royal College of Art where she studied furniture design. In recent years her work has widened to include graphic design, ceramics and teaching. In 2005 her book Inspirational Objects, a visual dictionary of simple elegant forms was published.

Steve Speller has been a professional photographer for 21 years. He has worked for numerous publications and designers. In 2004 he had a solo exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery entitled A Blueprint for Life, which was a series of portraits of contemporary British designers.

The exhibition is set to run until Saturday, November 6.

The visual source book ‘Inspirational Objects’ by Alison Milner is available to accompany this exhibition.

Conytained within its covers are 240 Objects ranging from manufactured or handmade to natural items, which have been beautifully photographed and cleverly arranged to provoke the viewer into a host of different questions: Why do I like it? Where does it come from? What is it for? What is it made from?

While this book inspires the reader to respond to the elegant forms of often overlooked everyday objects, the accompanying text explains the author’s own reactions to and interpretations of each object in terms of function, evolution and representation, context and symbolism.

The first part of the book consists of photographs and the second of discussion and will be a fascinating and intriguing reference for anyone interested in artistic sources of inspiration.

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