On Your Marks

4 Jul 2008 – 6 Sep 2008

Pippy Houldsworth

London, United Kingdom


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Anna Barham, Tobias Collier, Lynton Talbot, Gary Woodley


Pippy Houldsworth is pleased to present On Your Marks a group exhibition bringing together the work of Anna Barham, Tobias Collier, Lynton Talbot, and Gary Woodley. This exhibition examines the activity of drawing with emphasis on the status of line, mark making, and particularly the ‘constructing' of what is arguably an imagined space. Traditionally drawing has been associated with the immediate communication of an idea and gestural or expressive tendencies. On Your Marks diverts the viewer away from these assumptions and attempts to point towards drawing that manifests itself within a conceptual construct and that is perhaps approached by these artists more obliquely. The exhibition highlights the peripheral activity surrounding drawing, emphasising the importance of such approaches to mark making, focusing on artists that do not necessarily apply pencil to paper. Anna Barham's works might seem to operate as proposals. They allude to possible encounters or reconfigurations, highlighting the performative aspect of not only the object, but of the act of viewing. The work never looks entirely fixed, developing a sense of precariousness or flux. If drawing is widely perceived to be the most effective way of communicating an idea, then Barham's practice questions how making can be the physical manifestation of a thought process and how the resulting art object can function as a locus for the imagination. Tobias Collier's works consider not only his place in the universe, but also the enormity of space, and how scale and time are all relative to our existence. The expression of this anxiety however is always dealt with, with a lightness of touch and simplicity that is poetically at odds with the enormity of the subject matter. Whether it is Collier's tattoos, spreading across his body like the cosmos, or the arrangement of huge amounts of glitter describing complex notions pictorially, its is arguably a drawing practice that is inevitably at the core of trying to express such impossible thoughts. Lynton Talbot's practice, broadly speaking, engages with the ‘no-mans land' between artist's intention and a viewer's interpretation whilst considering the tools that can be employed to attribute meaning to something. Deliberately seeking to obscure an absolute reading, Talbot's works become demanding of their audience. Refusing to be pinned down by medium, sculptures operate as drawings, collages as sculpture, disturbing people's assumptions about methods of display. Gary Woodley's wall drawings at first sight seem to be delicate yet bold applications of line, using vinyl tape to traverse architectural features in a seemingly random or abstract way. On closer inspection and in understanding the accompanying CAD drawing of the space, the viewer becomes aware that what is being described is something far more engrossing. Woodley is in fact marking the areas of the building that have been ‘punctured' by an imagined object that's dimensions exceed the given space. Anna Barham graduated from the Slade with a BA in Fine Art in 2001. Recent group shows include, Like Leaves, at the Tanja Bonakdar Gallery in New York, 2007; Lost Tongues Rediscovered, curated by Francis McKee, Stroom, The Hague, NL, 2007; I am Somewhere Here, curated by Clodagh Emoe, IMMA, Dublin, IE, 2006. Forthcoming group shows include Travelogue, curated by Sotiris Kyriacou, One in the Other, London, UK, and Walls in Three Places, White Nave, Dover, UK. Solo shows include, solo project for Four, Art 2007, Dublin and Trod Silver Bog Again, IMMA, Dublin. Tobias Collier has an MA in Fine Art from Central St Martins. Recent exhibitions include In Sidereal, Pianissimo, Milan, Italy, 2008; Video invitational, Viafarini Gallery, Milan and Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice, Italy, 2006. Group shows include Traces du sacreé, Centre G. Pompidou, Paris, France, 2008; Stefan Burger & Tobias Collier, Privatgalerie, Munchen, Germany, 2008; Avatar of sacred discontent, T1+2 Gallery, London, UK, 2007; Absolute Zero, Lounge Gallery, London, UK; Painting ruins, Afghan Foundation for Culture & Civil Society, Kabul, Afghanistan, 2006, There is something I've been meaning to tell you, Spacestation 65, London UK, 2006 and Failure to do so is an offence, HFBK, Hamburg, Germany, 2006. Lynton Talbot graduated from Chelsea College of Art and Design in 2005 with a BA in Fine Art. Recent group shows include, Building and Breaking, 78 Lyndhurst Way, London, UK, 2007; Colour and Line, Grotto, Studio 1.1, London, 2006; Majestic, Run Gallery at The Whitechapel Gallery, London, 2006; Much Much Better, Thank You, Pappelallee 73, Berlin, 2006 and Strictly Kunst, Run Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 2006. Gary Woodley has an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design. Recent group shows include Presque Rien, Laure Genillard Gallery, 2007; 3Things, RUN Gallery, London, 2007; Ausgerechnet… Mathematik und Konkrete Kunst, Museum im. Kulturspeicher Würzburg, Germany, 2007; Lines of Enquiry, Kettles Yard, Cambridge, 2006; and Presentation SITE 8, Kunshalle Dusseldorf, Germany, 2005. Solo shows include, Project Franchise, R C de Ruimte, ljmuiden and Beverwijk, Netherlands, 2007; and Impingement No.47, Chelsea space, Millbank, London, 2005; For further information please contact Charlotte Perman or Pippy Houldsworth on +44 (0)20 8969 6166 or by email at gallery@houldsworth.co.uk


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