Catherine Parsonage: a wrist that turns

10 Dec 2015 – 23 Jan 2016

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House of Egorn

Berlin, Germany


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  • M29 Potsdamer Brücke
  • U2 Potsdamer Platz, U1 Kurfürstenstr
  • S-Bahn Potsdamer Platz
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House of Egorn is pleased to present Catherine Parsonage’s first solo exhibition in Berlin. Parsonage received her MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art in London. She was included in the 2014 Bloomberg New Contemporaries, and received the Basil Alkazzi studio award and scholarship.


Distance between the eye and the surface is short, it has shrunk. One must see, absorb, process, retain.
Reduction may be a necessary evil of image interpretation. 

But best not to compress. 

Compression makes tight, taught, and removes dirt – what an aggressive thing to make a body shiny and digestible.

We want to despoil neat edges
and wait for the line to hold her weight, qui? It quivers at the lip 
of just enough; 
condenses a temporality of the body, my body, pace, poise, mm immediately satisfying.

Singularly these marks are dynamic notations, when repeated there is a rhythm.

This movement once done with ease becomes compulsive, complicated (oh how feminine!)  

Repetition has an emerging quality, like the forming of a thought through speech; slow, rolling 
backward and forth like the twist of a wrist.

- Catherine Parsonage

Selected exhibitions include: Rhythm Movement Caesura, Lychee One, London, 2015; Bloomberg New Contemporaries, Institute of Contemporary Art, London, and World Museum, Liverpool 2014; Manchester Contemporary, Granada Studios, Manchester, 2014; Alex Mackin Dolin, Catherine Parsonage, Amalia Ulman, Studiolo, Milan; London Art Fair 2014, Fold Gallery; “I DID DID I” ASC Gallery, London; 21st Century & Design RCA, Christie’s, London; Show 2013, Royal College of Art, London; “Honeymoon” The Triangle Space, Chelsea School of Art & Design, London; BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London; Saatchi Sensations, Bloomsbury House, London.

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