At The Edge Of Painting

11 Jul 2024 – 12 Jul 2024

Regular hours

Thu, 11 Jul
11:00 – 18:00
Fri, 12 Jul
11:00 – 18:00

Free admission

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Bermondsey Project Space

England, United Kingdom


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  • C10 Victoria to Canada Water (Stop F Bermondsey Street)
  • London Bridge - Borough
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By Mary Anne Francis & Caroline Pick

Things happen at the edge: forms dissolve and metamorphose. Newly collaborating, Pick and Francis prod this paradox, for painting.


Pick makes sculpture: visceral, flouncy, and translucent. Her work is loosely formed, both voluptuous and disturbing, asking to be touched while repelling touch. Francis is an artist-writer with a radically diverse practice, in which a flirtation with painting jostles with a multitude of other art-forms. 

For this joint venture at Bermondsey Project Space, Pick takes paintings off the wall and floats them from the ceiling as three-dimensional cloudscapes, surrounding the viewer with twisting and turning structures. Latex layered on to flesh-coloured organza – this is painting with no paint. Nor is there paint in Francis’ take-away exhibition catalogue which documents the abstract monochromes of Jo Faust.  Here is painting as a printed surface, flattened in a way that counters Pick’s dimensionality. And pushing further at the edge of painting, Faust’s work is also fictional – the catalogue is the first chapter of an experimental art-novel.  In the back room of the gallery, painting is propelled across another edge with Francis’ set of standing forms, which combine functionality and colour-field abstraction.

In their different ways and edging past their predecessors, Francis and Pick look to a perpetual painting practice which continually redraws its boundaries, invigorated by its intersection with non-painting.

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Caroline Pick

Mary Anne Francis


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