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Gemma Lowe – Small Talk

Coleman Projects Space presents Gemma Lowe - Small Talk

Coleman Projects Space presents Gemma Lowe – Small Talk

Gemma Lowe will show a series of new paintings, a sound installation for the shed space at Coleman Projects, and produce a small ‘zine. Her works on canvas collectively propose a series of compelling, yet rather elusive, narratives. The fresh and direct nature of her paint application gives rise to the idea of new visual languages in development, between abstraction and figuration, and a sense of what it feels like to negotiate today’s increasingly managed, and confusingly imbricated, data platforms.

Each work describes a complex moment in the distillation of imagery and ideas, but, where are we? Referentially, Lowe’s assured, yet delightfully loose, painterly style takes one from Picabia to Tala Madani. Her portrayal of living beings, for example, is often more creature-like than human, while her freehand marks appear diaristic in their immediacy. Like those before her, Lowe also appears to acknowledge that seduction plays as much a part in the negotiation of art as it does in commercial marketing material, editorial or other content. In this case, however, we are being seduced into engaging with the nature of how and why we are being wooed.

Lowe is interested in the oddities that emerge from the deliberate or accidental juxtaposition of images – still and moving, both online and in the physical day-to-day. She effectively catalogues her experiences with media and other imagery, turning them into collages and sketches before committing the details to canvas. Her titles provide possible clues as to the context of borrowed imagery and remembered encounters, but the resulting responses are rarely definitive. ‘Eton Mess’, a globular, tented pile of heads and limbs, might lead one to speculate about news of Tory shortcomings or the results of the Bake-Off, while the ‘Good Citizen’ positively challenges the viewer to find focus in a mash-up of potential portrait and still-life scenarios, presided over by a large pair of cartoon eyes

4 November till 26 November 2017[ Preview >Friday 3 November 6-9.30 pm ]
12-6 pm Friday Saturday Sunday & by appointment

Coleman Project Space
94 Webster Road
London Se16 4DF

Coleman Project Space GalleryColeman Project Space was established in 2003 in Bermondsey on a street level accessible site, which was formerly a ladies hairdressers. The gallery has a strong collaborative ethos , commissioning new work for exhibition and support artists and curators both national and international, and have initiated projects with many other organisations and the general public. Their annual residency programme has been running for more than a decade  @colemanprojects  ColemanProjectSpace

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