'Pull Everything Out' brings together over 70 prints by Corita Kent with contemporary work by Ciara Phillips. The exhibition draws out both artists' commitment to collaboration, learning and experimentation and highlights graphic concerns shared between artists of different generations.
Kent (1918-1986), also known as Sister Corita, was a pioneering artist and a charismatic educator and activist. Her exuberant, day-glo prints drew freely from the billboards and advertising slogans of America's new consumer culture. As head of the art department at the Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, Kent was deeply engaged with the community, lecturing, running workshops and participating in marches.
This exhibition features the most extensive selection of Kent's prints to date in the UK. These include text-based works from the mid-1960s as well as more politically engaged pieces from the end of that decade as consciousness of America's role in Vietnam developed alongside greater debate around feminism and civil rights.
Glasgow-based Phillips similarly works with print in an expanded sense, producing textiles, photographs and wall paintings. Typically diverse in their references, these works consider material, method and process in relation to forms of written and visual language.
During the first month of the exhibition Phillips will set up a studio and printing workshop in the gallery, partnering with artists and designers to develop a publication based on Irregular Bulletin, the in-house journal of the Immaculate Heart College during Kent's time there. This process brings to the fore the collaborative nature of art production and the communities of interest that give rise to the creation and dissemination of art and ideas.