Painting – Drawing – Print – Text – Collage – Video
The exhibition will move to Transition Gallery, London (20.07-11.08.2013) and Vane, Newcastle (19.09.-26.10.2013)
The title Suppose An Eyes is borrowed from the abstract text by Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons (1914). The trigger for the project is a collective reading of the text. With the text approaching its hundredth birthday, the three artists examine its relevance for contemporary artistic practices. They use it as the basis for discussion and draw cross references from Stein’s textual abstractions to their own practices.
Lady Lucy transfers her fascination for the collected printed matter in a new dimension: she takes a close look at the sources of her documentary The Price is Marked inside the Book, which documents the last year of an antiquarian bookshop in the form of a slideshow. Her early images implement superimpositions and duplicate image references as a kind of “battle imagery.”
Jacqueline Utley uses collage and water color as the basis for her new series of small-format oil painting, which unsettles both the composition as well as her judgement. For the investigation of possible counter narratives, she uses furnishing catalogs for interiors as well as observations of everyday, found still lives in the form of objects, ornaments, and flowers.
Flora Whiteley explores Stein’s use of her domestic environment as building blocks for her abstract writing. Whiteley transfers this approach to her paintings. She draws upon different images from interiors and collections, whereby she uses her own paintings as background and props. Thus, she explores how objects in space enter into a kind of open, abstract dialogue with each other and with the audience.