Sideways Arrow is a showcase for the work of Cumbrian artist John Smith, who challenges perceptions of the meaning of art and of modern life as a whole. Basic shapes are an area of paticular interest - no other aspect of art can be so elementary and yet so often ignored by the ordinary man and woman. Such shapes are everywhere, in almost everything produced by human hands, and yet we never stop for a second to ponder their significance.
Why is it that we confine ourselves to building in straight lines rather than the free-flowing forms of nature? Look around you now. The walls you sit within, like almost everything around you, have been built in straight, definite lines. But must this always be the case? Smith`s work provides a refreshing change to the closed-mindedness of the people of influence in our modern world.