Collection Point – a term commonly used to denote a location where pre-purchased items can be picked up and taken away.
Collection Point brings together the work of Yun Ling Chen and Abi Huxtable, two artists who graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2017. The exhibition features a scope of work including: painting, collage and sculpture, and seeks to demonstrate the differing methodology of the two artists in which they gather and work with their chosen materials, references and knowledge. Whilst looking at the work visitors are encouraged to reflect on their pre-conceived ideas about what an artwork is; its conceptual and material origins; and how these new insights can be taken away and used as a point of reference for other art works.
Abi Huxtable’s process of working is to continually reflect on previous works, of other artists and her own – most notably a drawing ‘Prismatic Backward Gaze that has informed her practice for the last two years. Using this as a tablet for making she goes on to look at other artists and genres to make new work. Recently she has been exploring Cubism, and as part of this research looked at Picasso’s portrait of the art dealer and collector, Ambroise Vollard. A photocopy of the image combined with a drawing has become the basis for the painting and sculpture, Untitled, (PBG, Portrait of Ambroise Vollard).
Yun-Ling Chen collects material from her everyday environment, whilst at the same time attempting to erase the traces of the object’s histories. Setting a play of jumping between knowing and not known, by taking all the information away, she aims to force the viewer to be in an uncomfortable situation way’s of seeing. As the object is lost in the identification, it re-challenges the viewer’s conscious naming of things.
You are invited you to consider the exhibition as a transfer station, a comma of the object, before continuing on its next journey.