Paper is currently presenting the second of a series of two-artist shows, this time working with Andrea Cotton and Naomi Lethbridge. The series allows the artists to showcase their work in a way that emphasises the overlapping themes within it. Working with both emerging and more established artists, PAPER provides the means and opportunity for experimentation, eventually resulting in an exhibition.
Andrea Cotton is one of the founders of PAPER. Her work is the direct product of her long teaching experience in a high security prison. She presents her insider’s perspective in the meticulously executed drawings. Using pen or pencil on paper she creates carefully controlled, repetitious, and obsessive works that explore the tightly controlled prison system, which inevitably mould not only those in custody but the custodians themselves. Everything in a prison is laboriously counted, listed and recounted in a relentless daily regime which structures a mechanistic world that seeks to nullify the individual. Counting imposes artificial order, dehumanises, and punishes. Andrea repeatedly returns to this fundamental theme of the institutionalised drive towards exactness and the necessity of counting and her art responds to objects and dialogues she encounters on a daily basis. Her drawings depict the acts of defiance in which everyday objects are transformed to create necessary items which can function as a means of barter.
Naomi Lethbridge is currently in Chongqing, China, undertaking an artist residency at 501 Artspace, an opportunity arranged via Chinese Arts Centre.
The forms that Naomi Lethbridge creates serve as a record of her labour. In her intricate pen drawings, lines are accumulated in a systematic technique, reducing any subject to a democratic language. By using a purposefully limited means of creating an image or form, a new entity can be created from its most basic beginnings, with each element under her control, regardless of the nature of the work. Collections, whether of ideas, information, experiences, greatly influence Naomi’s work, and the practice of classification, as a method of interpreting the surroundings, informs the aesthetic and concept. The style and its often eclectic and quirky nature is reminiscent of an historical approach towards acquiring knowledge, expressing the desire to know, understand and organise all that surrounds, and to commemorate it in physical form.
Exhibition Dates: 4 May – 15 June 2013
Opening Times: Saturdays 11-5pm
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