Fragility Spills / Clare Price / Benjamin Whitley / Cairo Clarke
09/11/2018 - 20/01/2019
Clare Price with photographs by Benjamin Whitley
Curated by Cairo Clarke
ASC Gallery 9th November – 20th December
PV 9th November 6-9om
To coincide with the exhibition will be a publication supported by Marcelle Joseph’s Girlpower Fund, including essays by Cairo Clarke and Stephanie
Publication launch and talk with Jon Sharples of Simmons and Simmons 12th
In this exhibition, Painter Clare Price presents the photographic and online aspect to her practice for the first time. Alongside her large-scale paintings on
canvas will be projected sequences of photographs, which reveal hidden
performances within the artist’s studio. Exploring the dynamics of fragility and
power, control and release, Price also engages in the creation of safe spaces,
both physical and online, in which to make and disseminate her work.
Price’s paintings are often realised in one act. Becoming increasingly
performative, the surfaces of her canvases record the traces of the gestures
and movements of the body. The photographs that Clare has been taking of
herself in relation to her paintings within the studio have investigated what she
describes as an “un-containing” of the self from the constraints of the stretcher
and a spilling forth of affect from the paintings. Reclaiming the feminine body
and the female gaze, the photographs were originally displayed on a private
Instagram account, in which the sensual, sexual and autobiographical
references of the paintings could be released.
In addition to the photographs that Price has taken of herself, she has
collaborated on a series of images by Photographer Benjamin Whitley. These
photographs explore the bond between the artist and photographer, and
present an alternate gaze, informed amongst many things, by generational
and gender difference.
The exhibition is generously supported by Arts Council England and Marcelle
Joseph’s Girlpower Fund.
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