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|Subtitle:||8th March 2014 – 19th April 2014|
|Author:||The Paper |
|ID & Publication:||20140211013 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Events (National) |
Exhibition dates: 8th March 2014 – 19th April 2014
Opening Times: 11am – 5pm every Saturday
PAPER’s first two-person exhibition of 2014 brings together two gallery artists, Susannah Douglas and Bethan Hamilton. Both work in graphite, producing hyperreal works that discuss the relationship between photography and found imagery on the internet.
Susannah’s drawings play on our shared memories. We all have an image of ourselves eating an ice cream at a birthday party, lining up for a family portrait, performing in the school play, if not we recognise the form. These photographs provide the evidence for the construction of our personal narratives. The desire for unique moments, the significant point in the story, is a powerful desire. But what do we do with this desire, based upon values deriving from the capture or representation of something unique, when we live in a culture built upon the ability to repeat? A culture where mass (re) production guarantees consistency, where to cut, paste and copy is only two clicks of one hand? We sift through a flood of representational images which are portrayals of conventions rather than evidence of the content they purport to show.
Susannah’s work centres around drawings developed from collaged photocopies of anonymous internet images. The drawings exaggerate processes of repetition and conventions of posed portraiture, whilst maintaining the nostalgic desire for the unique hand-crafted work.
Bethan Hamilton’s work is an exploration of female sexuality, identity and body image through mark making. For her exhibition at PAPER, Bethan has drawn from an ongoing series of portrait drawings using found imagery of women consuming a variety of foods, taken from the internet. Contrived, sleazy publicity shots of actresses eating ice cream juxtaposed with animalistic snapshots of competitive binge eaters. She seeks to further examine the contradictory attitudes towards the female form and the exploitation of men and women’s physical desires within the media and popular culture.
Susannah Douglas (b.1981 Belfast, N Ireland) completed her MA Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art in 2010. Selected exhibitions include: End of the Line, Paper Gallery, Manchester (2013); Griffin Art Prize, London (2013); Jerwood Drawing Prize, London (2013); Art Lacuna, London (2013); Palindrome Diptych, Motorcade Flashparade, Bristol (2012); Dangerous Curves Ahead, Bermondsey Space (2012); Paper Gallery, Manchester (2012). She lives and works in London.
Bethan Hamilton completed her Masters in Fine Art: Drawing at Wimbledon College of Art, in 2009. In 2011, she had her third solo exhibition at the Booth Museum of Natural History (Brighton) and has been in a number of exhibitions across the UK. In 2012, she was selected for the neo:artprize (Manchester), neo:printprize (Manchester), Pushing Print Prize (Margate) and undertook an Associate Artists Residency with Manchester Metropolitan University. She lives and works in Manchester.
Based in Manchester’s Green Quarter near Victoria Station, PAPER is an artist-run commercial gallery lead by Andrea Cotton, David Hancock, and Simon Woolham, selling affordable and accessible works on paper. The gallery opened in August 2012 and was included in the Manchester Contemporary and the Manchester Book Fair. In 2013 PAPER took part in Trajector Art Fair, Brussels, The Manchester Contemporary and Sluice Art Fair, London. In 2014 PAPER will take part in Supermarket Art Fair in Stockholm. PAPER is open every Saturday 11am-5pm. Entry is Free.
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