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HAVE I BEEN HERE BEFORE? | OPENING RECEPTION
Have I been here before?
The works by Campbell, Douglas and Lancaster are all referring to a time and place never inhabited by the artists themselves. Through anonymous subjects, geography or literal chemical reactions, the artist material and process transforms the meaning of the origin. By altering the composition of familiar elements, these works reimagine people, spaces and values – both literal and metaphorical. They become sanctuaries to reflect and imagine.
Laura Lancaster’s recent portraits of women are based upon found anonymous analogue photographs collected by the artist. Selected from ‘bad’ and ‘accidental’ images, Lancaster purposefully re-stages the imagery as powerful, provocative investigations of the male gaze.
Jennifer Douglas uses gold and silver leaf to cover her surfaces and then using chemical reactions to destabilise and heavily tarnish the works creating paintings that resist the symbolism of wealth and point back, earth-bound, to the elemental properties of materials and their inevitable decline.
Cath Campbell’s collages with tiny circles cut directly from images depicting hotel interiors from different cities. Each dot is placed on white paper in the same layout as the original photograph, and in each case, Campbell has only selected one blue, one yellow, two browns, and one black. Through her ambiguously seductive minimal constellations that reflect on the banal nature of international interior design, this creates a new reading of the photos.
Cath Campbell was born in 1972 in Ilkeston, UK. She studied Fine Art at Newcastle University. Recent exhibitions include: Everything we do connects the space Workplace Gallery, (Gateshead, UK) Fifty ways to leave your lover, Open Space, (Cologne, Germany), A foreign encounter, Gallery FOE 156 (Munich Germany), Mostyn Open 2013, Oriel Mostyn (Llandudno, Wales), Enter Slowly The Lab (San Fransisco, USA). Public and architectural commissions include Untitled (Trellis), Trinity Hall, (Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK), 21 Arches instead of a gate, Waltham Forest Borough Council (London, UK) and Marathon, Yards Park (Washington DC, USA). She lives and works in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Jennifer Douglas was born in 1975 in Amersham, UK. She studied Fine Art at Newcastle University and completed her MFA at Glasgow School of Art in 2005.
Exhibitions include Crab Walk, NGCA, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland, UK; Confusion in her eyes that says it all, Maria Stenfors, London, UK; Tip of the Iceberg, Contemporary Art Society, London, UK; From Acanthus to Zebrawood Cooper Gallery, University of Dundee, UK; Beijing/Glasgow, Museum of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing; Exit Strategy, Tramway, Glasgow, UK; The Games we Play, Barcsay Sala, Budapest; VANE Export, Tensta Konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden; You Shall Know Our Velocity, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, UK. Her work is represented in collections such as The Government Art Collection UK; Tyne and Wear Museums Collection, UK. Simmons and Simmons, UK
Jennifer Douglas lives and works in Gateshead and Newcastle UK
Laura Lancaster was born in Hartlepool, UK in 1979. She lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
She has shown her work in exhibitions worldwide including Laura Lancaster, New Art Gallery Walsall; A Stranger's Dream, Sargent's Daughters, New York; Laura Lancaster, Wooson Gallery, Korea; Shapeshifter, Workplace London, UK. Group Exhibitions include: Dismaland, Weston-super-Mare, UK; Private Utopia, Tokyo Station Gallery, Japan; Museum of Art, Kochi, Japan; Itami City Museum of Art, Japan; Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan; Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland; Museum of Modern Art St Etienne; Glasgow International; October - Salon, Belgrade, Palazzo Della Arte, Napoli; Accademia d'Ungheria a Roma; BALTIC 39, Newcastle, UK; John Moores Prize, Liverpool, UK.
Lancaster's work is represented in numerous international collections including The British Council Collection; New Art Gallery, Walsall, UK; Nerman Museum, Kansas, USA; The Government Art Collection, UK and numerous private collections worldwide. Her work has recently been published in Vitamin P3: New Perspectives in Painting by Phaidon Press, and Picturing People by Charlotte Mullins for Thames and Hudson.
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