Fears and Dreams

Fears and Dreams opens on Sunday 4th November from 4pm to 6pm and then from Thursday 8th November to December 9th at Gallery at Home, Llancayo Court, Usk, NP151HY.

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Automatic Artist Statement

via the 500 Letters Statement Generator, created by Belgian artist Jasper Rigole

 

Philippa Robbins (1964, London, United Kingdom) is an artist who mainly works with painting. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, Robbins absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation.
Her paintings feature coincidental, accidental and unexpected connections which make it possible to revise art history and, even better, to complement it. Combining unrelated aspects lead to surprising analogies. Through a radically singular approach that is nevertheless inscribed in the contemporary debate, she uses references and ideas that are so integrated into the process of the composition of the work that they may escape those who do not take the time to explore how and why these images haunt you, like a good film, long after you’ve seen them.
Her works are a drawn reflection upon the art of painting itself: thoroughly self-referential, yet no less aesthetically pleasing, and therefore deeply inscribed in the history of modernism – made present most palpably in the artist’s exploration of some of the most hallowed of modernist paradigms. By experimenting with aleatoric processes, she formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works. The thought processes, which are supposedly private, highly subjective and unfiltered in their references to dream worlds, are frequently revealed as assemblages.
Her collected, altered and own works are being confronted as aesthetically resilient, thematically interrelated material for memory and projection. The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces, as Hanna Arendt cites from Franz Kafka. Philippa Robbins currently lives and works in Cardiff.

triforium exhibition at temple church

I have been invited to show a piece of work in the Triforium exhibition at Temple Church in October 2016. The exhibition celebrates 25 years of the Discerning Eye exhibition with work by previous major prize winners. The exhibition will  open to the public from Tuesday 4th October and run until Sunday 16th October 2016.  The venue will be the very special Triforium space at the historic Temple Church in central London. http://www.templechurch.com/

 

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like gold to airy thinness beat

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On holiday in Corfu , Dave spotted a couple of insect shells  attached to a wall and gave them to me.

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They are the exoskeletons of cicada nymphs which emerge from the earth after 17 years to hatch into winged cicadas, live briefly and die.

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The owner of our villa called them ‘dresses’, and the cleaner told me that the cicadas take these dresses off when they get too hot.

With a forthcoming exhibition already titled ‘Carapace’ in which dresses will be a recurring image, I knew that I would be drawing the cicada moults. I also thought that if I could find enough of them, I  could make a string of lights which would show off their translucency. I found just over 100.

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Once home, I bought some very fine LED lights on copper wire and, using the slit on the back of the shell from which the adult had emerged, fed the lights into the shed skins. They were glued in place and lacquered, and some six, very sticky hours later the string of lights was finished.

 

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The title, ‘Like gold to airy thinness beat’ was suggested by a friend and is taken from the John Donne poem ‘A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning’;

Our two souls therefore, which are one,
Though I must go, endure not yet
A breach, but an expansion,
Like gold to airy thinness beat.

 

long time, no post

This last week I have heard that I have been offered two solo shows next year.

The first, Carapace, will be at the Art Shop, Abergavenny early in the year.

 

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Carapace, 83 x 63, acrylic on board

The second show will be at MoMA, Wales, where the installation “Flock” will be shown in the Owen Owen gallery from 2nd December 2017 for 8 weeks until 10th February 2018. I shall be spending some time making more pieces in order to do the huge space justice.

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Detail of Flock when it was at the Art Shop and Chapel, Abergavenny.