I am delighted to be co-curating This Instead of That at ARTHOUSE1 in March 2019.
This Instead of That explores how artists respond to each other’s work and derive energy from their peers. An initial version of the exhibition featuring four artists showed at Lewisham Art House, 2018. A larger version of the show, co-curated by myself and Trevor Burgess will show at Arthouse1, London from 7 to 30 March 2019. I have been in a dialogue with Trevor Burgess for the last two years - and for this period we have been reflecting on each other’s work, selecting each other's paintings and making new paintings inspired by the process. We aim to tour this project to regional spaces.
Two of the artists in the show, Meg Lipke and Hermione Allsopp have collaborated to produce one sculpture for the gallery in Bermondsey. Although they live in different countries the artists are close friends and have worked together before. Allsopp writes about the experience ‘In making this work I have learnt and gained by this communal activity’.
This Instead of That 7 - 30 March 2019.
Open Thursday to Sunday 3 - 7.00pm
ARTHOUSE1, 45 Grange Road, Bermondsey, London SE1 3BH.
Read my blog about how the show came about:
PV: Wednesday 6 March 2019 6.30 - 8.30pm please RSVP to the gallery
Hermione Allsopp / Meg Lipke
Alexandra Baraitser / Trevor Burgess
Nelson Diplexcito / George Wills
Catherine Ferguson / Tim Renshaw
Olha Pryymak / Julie Fountain
This Instead of That is a show about artistic exchange - what happens to both representation and reality when artists get together to re-evaluate their ideas and influences through dialogue with one another. It looks at the processes and practices of artistic exchange, and focuses on the interchanges that are established when similar passions collide.
The mutual sharing of ideas about a portfolio of work that is not your own, is deeply rooted in fine art practice. Essentially this quid pro quo movement of critical exchange has been around for centuries. For example, Matisse immersed himself in the work of others, quoting imagery from his friends and contemporaries, even going into debt to buy work from those painters he admired, thereby sustaining an ongoing dialogue with their work. Discussion about the work of colleagues and contemporaries remains a central strand in fine art training, and is often sustained beyond the confines of art school through informal networks, collaborations, social art practices, shared studios, and other innovative modes of exchange.
For the creation of this exhibition, the artists involved paired up, presenting each other with ideas or questions about the other’s work, the response to which was then commissioned for the exhibition at Lewisham Arthouse:
It is easy, in a world so dominated by the visual, to customize new ideas to fit what we already know. However, like Matisse, the contemporary artist will make a conversion of an idea that has the transformative effect of changing its core meaning. The artists here have shown how embracing new ideas from other artists about their own work can divert work in a new direction, transforming artistic development and allowing for extended collective discussion and understanding.
There is a catalogue available for This Instead of That, click here to download the PDF.
Read the review of my show Silent Painting at Tripp Gallery here https://www.theartsdesk.com/visual-arts/theres-poetry-painting-gives-endless-possibilities