AboutâSuppose An Eyes' is an international touring exhibition that takes its title from American poet, novelist and art collector Gertrude Stein's modernist, abstract text, Tender Buttons (1914), a group reading of which provided the catalyst for the project. As the text approaches its centenary the three artists are testing its relevance to contemporary art practice. They have used it as a catalyst for discussions, cross-referencing Stein's textual abstraction with their own practices.
Lady Lucy takes her fascination with collected print material into a new dimension as she looks at the source of her source material in The Price is Marked inside the Book, a slideshow documenting the last year in the shelf life of a soon-to-be-closed second hand bookshop. Recent painting and drawing works employ layering and double pictorial references in a sort of âbattle' of imagery.
Jacqueline Utley has used collage and watercolour as the basis for her new series of small-scale oil paintings, which disrupt both composition and judgements. In this exploration of possible counter-narratives, she has used household furnishing catalogues of rooms and observations of everyday found still-life objects/ornaments and flowers.
Flora Whiteley looks to Stein's usage of her own domestic surroundings as the building blocks of her abstract writing. Applying this approach to paintings and drawing on disparate images of interiors and collections, whilst simultaneously using her paintings as âbackdrops' and âprops' she explores how objects in space create a form of open âabstract' dialogue with each other and the audience.
The exhibition tour started at Galerie Futura, Berlin (11 May 14 June 2013) then travelled to Transition Gallery, London (20 July 11 August 2013).
An exhibition catalogue has been produced in collaboration with Berlin-based designer Annette Knol to accompany the tour and will be available from the gallery.
Event at Vane, Saturday 5 October 2-5pm
Lady Lucy, Jacqueline Utley and Flora Whiteley will be in conversation with artist Susie Green. The artists will be looking back over the development of the project âSuppose An Eyes'. The afternoon is arranged to open up discussion and conversation and will include contemporary performance and artists' moving image.
Admission to the talk is free but booking is required. Please contact the gallery on 0191 261 8281 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.