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Steven Grainger, ‘Displacement Activities’, 2016, exhibition installation view (various media and dimensions)

 

I come to myself
in a ditch,
glass raining down
through a hole in the lid
of the see-through box
they put me in
years ago. Read more →

Soft Paste

Zoe Williams, Black Obsidian Horse Dildo, found object, perspex, jade  lacquer

Zoe Williams, Black Obsidian Horse Dildo, found object, perspex, jade lacquer

 

Plexi/ Seche for Baubo buy –  boy how the
head twinkles in the gewgaw’s eye – obsidian:
night-ish fluid of the earth’s sores,
apprehended brightly and sharply, still
against my thinking flesh – click, click, purchase
me, La Seche, it’s in my hand – an echo,
malleable, when groped in such a smart
and calculated style, that shapes – solid,
probing shapes – impress the watching object
with their wetness and their weight, and rise to
the surface of a flat-formed ambition
to engulf or stab. Read more →

Lotte Gertz

Gertz’s latest series of paintings and prints were made in a studio that occupied the same space as her general living-area and are full of the sense of immediacy that results from an artist’s direct response to ‘close-at-hand’ materials and objects.

Gertz’s sources include those items she ‘stumbles-upon’ again and again in the intimate chaos that surrounds her as she works: a space where ‘living’ encroaches upon ‘making’, where  discarded playthings (a stuffed panda-toy or a wooden Pinocchio-figure) might be found side-by-side with DIY tools, painting and printmaking materials, half-eaten slices of fruit or cheese, still-to-be-drunk cups of tea, and photographs of famous artworks from books and magazines. Read more →

Pearlescence and Patience

Zoe Williams, Flight of O (detail), 2010, inlayed, lacquered panels, ebonies wood frame

Zoe Williams, Flight of O (detail), 2010, inlayed, lacquered panels, ebonised wood frame

There were once two friends called Pearlescence and Patience, who loved each other very dearly, as much as if they were sisters.

A young man, who had courted both the friends, eventually settled for Pearlescence on account of her large fortune.

Scarcely were the marriage vows uttered however, than he began to regret his decision, and he thought every day of how he could be rid of his wife.  Eventually in his desperation and cunning he sought the advice of a Witch who lived nearby. Read more →

Sentences Not Only Words

Lorna Macintyre, Untitled (detail), 2009, stainless steel, four solarised silver gelatin prints, various dim.

Lorna Macintyre, Untitled (detail), 2009, stainless steel, four solarised silver gelatin prints, various dim.

 

The lead shadows cleared again,
and something that was not a bird
moved slowly through the restless tones:
a long white line that rolled around the tree-forms on the plate,
and rose and broke the surface. Read more →