|Suppose An Eyes is an international touring exhibition in three parts (exhibitions, events and a publication) by artists Lady Lucy, Jacqueline Utley and Flora Whiteley.
The starting point for the exhibitionwas a group reading of Gertrude Stein's modernist, abstract text, Tender Buttons (1914), which Stein conceived as a textual counterpoint to cubist painting. The impeding centenary of the text inspired the three artists to test its relevance to contemporary painting by using it as a catalyst, cross-referencing Stein's textual abstraction with the artists’ own practices.
Jacqueline Utley, Nancy and Hannah and Flower, Bird, Vase and Yellow Container
Jacqueline Utley makes paintings of flowers and objects. A new series of works examines interior spaces. Recent selected group exhibitions include Stardust Boogie Woogie, Monika Bobinska, (2010), Prognostic Bridewell, APT Gallery (2010). She was an exhibition finalist in the fringemk painting prize, Milton Keynes (2009) and was selected for both Creekside Open exhibitions (2011). Her work was part of the group show BLANK PROMISCUITY part of Deptford X (2012).
Flora Whiteley, Untitled and Daybed
Flora Whiteley's work explores objects and spaces containing shifting meaning and ambiguity, referencing the dreamlike, dramatic spaces found in film and theatre. Whiteley also performs in collaboration with the artist Darren Banks as ‘Better Place Portraiture’. Recent exhibitions include Luminous Language, Launch 18, New York (2013); The Nail, The Colours, The Mast, The Kotti-Shop, Berlin (2012); Better Place Portraiture: Phantasmagora, Barbican (2010).
Lady Lucy, Renoir River, Matisse Goldfish and The Price is Marked Inside the Book
Lady Lucy works amongst the realms of social practice, painting, drawing and moving image, exploring ideas of identity, biography and the act of naming. Central to her process is the creation of several series of works, which are edited and collaged from multiple points of fascination and interest found in the artist’s archive of second hand printed source material. Recent projects and exhibitions include: The Court Portraits, Spacex, Exeter (2010), Staff Portrait Studio, The Whitechapel Gallery (2011), Volunteers, Festival of Britain Southbank Centre (2011), Idle Worship, The Centre for Recent Drawing, London (2012).
The Suppose An Eyes tour started in Berlin at Galerie Futura, (11 May – 14 June 2013), after its run at Transition will be at Vane, Newcastle (18 September – 26 October 2013).
A publication has been produced in collaboration with Berlin based designer Annette Knol to accompany the tour and is available from Transition Gallery and online priced at £3.50.
Jacqueline Utely, Meeting at Nancy's
The Suppose An Eyes salon/symposium (after Tender Buttons)
is a free event, all are welcome.It will be held on:
Friday 26 July, 1-5pm
at Chelsea College of Art and Design
16 John Islip St, London SW1P 4JU
The salon / symposium will focus on Gertrude Stein's modernist writing, exploring both its art historical relationships and its relevance to contemporary fine art practices. The event will include contemporary performance, artists' moving image and recordings alongside talks from artists, academics and curators. The afternoon is arranged to encourage and open up discussion/conversation.
Contributors include: Nicky Hodge, Debbie Booth, Gill Addison, Isabelle Parkinson, Laura Mansfield, Rosie Cooper, Michal William, Linzi Stauvers.