Recent decalcomaniacs’ activities

Matthew Hodson recently exhibited as part of Pick Me Up at Somerset House, the first contemporary graphic art fair in the UK. The fair brought together the most exciting graphic artists working today, providing opportunities to buy limited edition, affordable graphic art, illustration and design.

Sarah Tripp recently had a solo exhibition Becoming a character at the Glasgow Project Room. The exhibition title is taken from the title of a book by Christopher Bollas, Being a Character: Psychoanalysis and Self Experience which forms the starting point for the exploration of identity, idiom, mood and transformation. The installation combines a 16mm film loop, a 35mm slide projection, sculpture, a collection of personal tokens with text-based works in low levels of lighting from dusk into the evening overlooking one of Glasgow’s busiest city center streets.

The installation draws together 11 works: David as a prison, Women and prison, I borrow a painter’s studio, their tools and their materials / I borrow a sculptor’s studio, their tools and their materials / I borrow a writer’s studio, their tools and their materials, Horse in a mirror, How to recognise a Widow, City Narrative, Before she speaks, Blight, 7 consecutive moods, Objects observed by candlelight, The second hole in his left ear and The rain and crying. These works are combined with a small, compact mirror – installed flush with the gallery wall – through which the exhibition is reflected. The exhibition includes photography by Francis McKee (7 consecutive moods), a response to a text by Alex Impey (Blight) and model making by Eona McCallum (Objects observed by candlelight).

Becoming a character was supported by the Glasgow Visual Arts Fund.

Adam Burton is currently exhibting Talk To Us, Not About Us as part of The Tyranny of Grammar at Fishmarket gallery in Northampton, a festival in response to the dead poet John Clare. Clare’s poetry was often concerned with issues of the enclosure of common land that was happening all about him during his lifetime (1793 – 1864). Following this lead Adam’s work looks at contemporary forms of enclosure; the title of this work comes from the slogan of ‘Abahlali baseMjondolo’ a movement based in South Africa that works to fullfil the rights of people who are forced to live in shacks.

Adam researched and selected a number of social movements, organisations, individuals, who are involved in the work of land rights. Reproduced in the exhibition are examples of their writing about their work and situation; films about some of the movements, issues and protests. The main gallery area also has a number of coloured shapes painted onto its walls as well as a large isometric painting of a house created by a group of children from a local school. During the festival the building has also became a meeting place for discussions about contemporary forms of enclosure (and its effects). And finally, visitors to Northampton Central Library have been invited, in several languages, to join such discussions.

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