The Bruton Correspondence School is a (slow) mail art exchange project established by Chris Roberts and Rebecca McClelland, partly in response to the impact of the worldwide lockdown and their attempt to connect with a broader audience on the most basic and meditative level.
The collection showcases the innate ability of collage to construct a fresh and new visual exchange beyond the two-dimensional into the structural world and craft of visual making. While experimental, each collage is also didactic, layered with hidden messages, reoccurring motifs and shared concerns that speak as an abstract indicator of the surreal times we live in.
I am very excited to have been invited to exhibit my work at Painters + Collection 2021, at Nakata Museum, Japan. 21 artists from Japan, Korea, Mexico and the UK are showing work alongside the museum’s collection of 19th and 20th-century paintings, curated by Yuko Kunichika.
New work in progress, drawings and prints developed from recent journeys in China.
As part of the South East Open Studios. Over two weekends 15-18 and 22-25 June, showing alongside Heather Haythornthwaite and Sarah King at the Hazelnut Press.
The first UK exhibition of the Trace Engines project, which included a solo exhibition of drawings and mono prints at the AIP Gallery, Redtory Art Zone, Guangzhou in 2015, opens on the 25th November 2016 at the Rochester Art Gallery, Kent.
The private view is on the 24th November from 6:30pm and there will also be a series of workshops and artist’s talks that accompany the exhibition. This current show, from 24.11.16 to 20.02.17, brings together new work and pieces produced during my residency in China.
‘Trace Engines is a series of amalgamated drawings that on the one hand suggest a design or plan for something to come, and on the other seem like the residue of something that has already been. In this, they constitute a process of mediation where the acts and media of their creation – the drawing, tracing and mono printing – become iterative expressions that model an as yet unknown object.’
As a precursor to my next lecture visit to China later this month here are a couple of promotional items and some photos from the previous tours of 2016.
Photos from CAFA High School (Central Academy of Fine Art Beijing); AIP Arts International Programs Guangzhou; GAFA High School; Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, British Council school tour Tianjin and Shenzhen National Art Museum.
Now back from China after exciting time in Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Shanghai and Beijing. Exhibition looked great and I gave quite a few artist talks and workshops, was also invited to give a lecture at Shenzhen National Art Museum. More details and pictures to follow soon.
I will be artist in residence at the AIP Centre, Guangzhou, China between the 1st and 22nd of November this year. Trace Engines, a solo exhibition of my work, and a collection of recent works on paper will be exhibited at the AIP Gallery in the Redtory Art Zone between the 20th November and 5th January 2016.
The project has been funded jointly by AIP and the University for the Creative Arts, I will be in conversation about my work at two events on the 21st and 22nd November 2015.
The images below relate to the current work, some of which will be displayed in the exhibition and contained in the supporting artist publication. I’ll post images of exhibition work nearer the time.