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Cell Project Space: Pontoon Lip, Celia Hempton • Katie Cuddon - 16 May 2014 to 29 June 2014

Current Exhibition

16 May 2014 to 29 June 2014
Open Fri.-Sun. 12-6pm or by appointment
Cell Project Space
258 Cambridge Heath Road
E2 9DA
United Kingdom
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Artists in this exhibition: Katie Cuddon, Celia Hempton

Pontoon Lip
Katie Cuddon • Celia Hempton
15 May 2014
Private View Thursday 15th May 2014, 6-9pm
16th May – 29th June
open Friday–Sunday 12-6pm
Performance Sunday 8th June

To coincide with the exhibition Katie Cuddon will launch her new publication Without A Sentence, Without A Name, alongside a performative event by the two artists.
In the age of self-design, where everyone is constantly producing an image of themselves for the reception of a global audience Hempton and Cuddon choose the body as subject through quiet aesthetic insubordination. As part of a unique collaboration for the two artists they will respond to one another and the space. Works will have physical dependency, although discrete and component parts can be read individually or synthesize as one.
Katie Cuddon makes sculpture with visceral shimmering surface – the result of a modelling process where clay and colour are built gradually creating heavily fingered and pummelled skins. Cuddon’s limb-like structures are amorphous and openly abject as sensualized lumpen clay works lean on make shift platforms or slouch ambivalently over and inside supporting frames. Celia Hempton’s painted works expose voyeuristic glimpses of the body in a singular moment. In most instances one on one with male or female sitter in explicit positions, or in online video chat rooms where human exchange is computer-mediated. Her quickly painted snapshots of sexualised and ambiguously gendered exchange hang on backdrops of grungy washed out RGB colour tones directly painted onto gallery walls to reimagine a digitalised contemporary landscape as ancient ruin. Hempton will incorporate a new and unfolding element within her practice as a one off performative intervention. Cuddon’s interest in words and language which has strongly influenced her sculptural and drawing practice will provide contextual disturbance for the performance. Bringing together texts with ambient audio, a performed reading will launch, Without A Sentence, Without A Name, Cuddon’s recently commissioned publication, published by Art Editions North.
Based in London Celia Hempton’s solo exhibitions include 'Paintings on Walls and Canvas', Lorcan O’Neill, Rome, 2014, 'VUG', Neuer Aachener Kunstverein, Aachen, Germany, 2013, 'Cur', Southard Reid, London, UK, 2013, 'Tin', Take Courage, London, UK, 2012. Recent group exhibitions include 'Open Heart Surgery', The Moving Museum, London, UK, 2013, 'Abstract Cabinet', David Roberts Art Foundation, London, UK, 2013, 'Ruby', Gallery Vela, London, UK, 2012, 'SV12', Studio Voltaire, London, UK, 2012.
Katie Cuddon lives and works in Newcastle. Her solo exhibitions include 'Waiting For The Cue', Simon Oldfield Gallery, London, UK, 2011, 'Spanish Lobe', Ceramics Fellow, Camden Arts Centre, London, UK, 2011, 'I no longer know what the money is', Alma Enterprises Gallery, London, UK, 2010. Selected group exhibitions include 'The Stone of Folly', Downstairs, Hereford, UK, 2012, 'Studio Voltaire Members Show', London, UK, 2012, 'Friendship of the Peoples', Simon Oldfield Gallery, London, UK, 2011, 'Spazi Aperti', Accademia di Romania, Rome, Italy, 2009.

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