The Sunday Painter is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition, Camille, incorporating painting and sculpture with work from Alex Rathbone and Jill Mason.
The title for the show, Camille, is the name given to the 'pleasure gelf' (Genetically Engineered Life Form) that appears in an episode of Red Dwarf. Camille has the special ability to project to whom ever is looking at her the image of their perfect companion, Camille can't control how she is perceived; the viewer is wholly responsibly for that. For instance when Cat looks at Camille he sees himself; he is the object of his own desire, when in fact Camille's natural state takes the form of an overweight, phlegmy green creature.
The fantastical plays out within both artists practice. The work is born out of detritus; bits of wood, string and ephemeral musings are hoarded; arranged and dismantled, and endowed with a mysticism and sentiment that only the conjurer could conjure up. We are confronted with the manifestations but are also left in the dark; the personal dealings and intimate rituals behind the work just out of touch.