Copperfield, London is pleased to present Mantel, a guest project from the artist run space CACTUS (Liverpool), curated by Doug Bowen.
"The exhibition centres around the mantelpiece - a familiar domestic structure which, other than for practical reasons, is used for the display of objects, images and memories with a commonality of collection and presentation. I’m very drawn to the occurrences in mantelpieces - the zoned contrasts/comparisons between the presented objects in shape, form, texture and history (etc.). Mantelpieces are talking points for visitors that consist of: heirlooms, cards/ invites, relics, portraits of newly born relatives, portraits of past relations, pottery, vases, flowers, candles, tinsel (seasonal) and so on… In this way, I’m proposing to display the work of artists, which in the majority of cases come from solo exhibitions - their own contexts/ histories/ narratives/ techniques/ materials/ processes/ etc. - and reshown in a shared context. Possibly not dissimilar to having a keepsake from a trip on holiday, whereby there is a further reading of the work.
The mantelpiece is therefore the context for the show, and mode of display, which will be produced and designed by James Jessiman; an artist creating work that straddles design, function, furniture and art." - Doug Bowen
Artists: Rebecca Ackroyd; Jaqueline Bebb; Alice Chandler; Toby Christian; Radu Cosma; Debora Delmar; Lucas Dillon; Dominic from Luton; Leo Fitzmaurice; Daria Gitmanovich; Andy Holden; Ashley Holmes; David Horvitz; Seb Jefford; James Jessiman; Pablo Jones-Soler; Beth Kettel; Hannah Lees; Emily McCartan; Luke Overin; Alex Rathbone; James Parkinson; Liv Preston; Stephen Sheehan; Andrea Zucchini
The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication
Opening Friday 16 February 2018, 6 - 9pm
Exhibition runs 17 February - 10 March 2018
weekly Friday to Sunday, 12 - 6pm
and Late Thursdays 6 - 9pm (special opening hours)
Doug Bowen is an artist and lecturer living and working in London
CACTUS is an artist run space in Liverpool, curated and directed by Joe Fletcher Orr