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Coleman Projects presents Some Islands

Some Islands exhibition is shown at this long established art gallery in Bermondsey. Artists who make works on paper that have autonomy from other aspects of their output could be described as looking for space, for movement beyond accepted genres. The selected artists all make works on paper or out of paper that appear self-contained and yet may not necessarily be defined as ‘drawing’. This suggests two enduring aspects of art practice; one is the impulse to work beyond logical categorisation, the other is the urge towards the absurd or contradictory. For example, words can be combined in ways that make perfect structural sense while the meaning of the sentence remains illogical. Similarly, art can appear visually highly organised, while refusing to adhere to accepted genres or categories.


Dieter Roth *Uvigs Bank Islands 1973

By also considering what lies between the logical and the absurd – which at the inception of Modernism was defined by the relationship between Constructivism and Dada – a long tradition is revisited and given new energy. If the current situation can be described as one in which the initial self-conscious stages of Post Moderism have been replaced by a less doctrinaire desire to revisit art history, an exhibition such as this can then explore ideas of influence and echo without anxiety.

There are many possible narratives behind what, on the surface, may appear to be an entirely self-contained work, equally, the sequential imagery of a cartoon can be collapsed into a world that is not deliberately coherent, but finds oblique ways to make visual sense.


Andrew Bick, Jyll Bradley, Lothar Goetz, Clare Goodwin, Daniel Robert Hunziker, Dieter Roth, Emma Talbot

Text Andrew Bick /Clare Goodwin December 2017


20 January – 11 February 2018 / 12 – 5 pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday/ Preview Friday 19 January 6-9.30pm
Coleman Project Space, 94 Webster Road, Bermondsey 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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