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Challenging new exhibition at University's Norman Rea Gallery

Posted on 25 February 2013

A challenging new exhibition by artist Fran Copeman opens at the Norman Rea Gallery at the University of York today.

Resistance is not Futile. Credit: Fran Copeman

The free exhibition, Resistance is not Futile, is curated by Jenn Stanley, a third year Politics and International Relations student. 

Fran Copeman is a London-based artist who has developed a significant body of work since graduating from Goldsmiths in 2009. She says: "The work examines the distortion created when something, in particular, when ‘someone’, is restricted. It evokes notions of what it means to feel restricted, if any good can come from it when so often it disfigures (the physical symptom), and why its effects are almost always negative whether that be physically or emotionally.”

Jenn Stanley adds: “I am very excited to have the opportunity to work with Fran Copeman. Resistance is not Futile is a collection of modern works that represent the constant struggle we face against the physical and emotional restraints of society. The exhibition features artworks produced through a variety of media from graphite drawing on paper to oil paintings. It will be visually stimulating, thought provoking and showcase a great talent.”

Resistance is not Futile is a collection of modern works that represent the constant struggle we face against the physical and emotional restraints of society

Jenn Stanley

The Norman Rea Gallery is run entirely by students at the University of York. Situated above The Courtyard in Derwent College, the gallery hosts exciting exhibitions throughout the year and promotes the work of both student and professional artists. The gallery hosts three exhibitions a term with lectures, seminars and events. 

Resistance is not Futile is free and open to all. Following a preview on 25 February, it will be on show until 9 March weekdays from 9am to 5pm. For further information visit www.thenormanreagallery.co.uk

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