Exhibition | I Suppose in a Dream | Contemporary Art at Kupfer | London | Art Week

I Suppose in a Dream

Share this

Categories:

Exhibition Type:

How many artists: 
2

How many exhibition works:

City:

Date: 
Saturday, 23 April 2022 to Saturday, 21 May 2022

 

I Suppose in a Dream is a visual dialogue between artists Carole Gibbons (b.1935, Glasgow) and Luke Samuel (b.1992, Cardiff), who are born nearly sixty years apart, yet united by their mutual choice of painting as a medium and an investigation into pictorial space.

 

The notions of interior and exterior are usually regarded as strictly divided, almost as the “dialectics of yes and no.” Both artists are interested in these thresholds: Samuel by blending the boundary between the two visually, and Gibbons by merging the internal landscape of her psyche with the external landscape of her surrounding environment.

 

Gibbons’ early works are mythological, and even as her interest shifts to domestic narratives later in her career (the paintings in this exhibition represent the later phase), the same motifs and objects reappear throughout her practice. Interestingly, all of Gibbons’ works featured in I Suppose in a Dream revolve around two main pieces of imagery; the broken vase and the stone head. These objects, which have a personal meaning to the artist, have been present in her work for over 50 years, from the 1980s to present day. 

 

Similarly to how Gibbons has a set of recurring visual motifs, Samuel works on recurring shapes and compositions. He often works on many paintings simultaneously and motifs build up as he is going along. This process allows Samuel to develop and redefine similar compositions, and often one painting helps him solve another work. When talking about the artist’s way of working, it is important to note the scale of most of the paintings featured in the exhibition. The small size of the canvases is important, as the scale dictates the forms and leads the compositions.

 

The idea of recurrence in both Gibbons and Samuel’s practices goes beyond form and subject matter. Adriana Francisco explores this theme further, exploring time and memory in relation to both artists’ works, in the text I Suppose in a Dream, which accompanies the exhibition, and can be found here: https://kupfer.co/isupposeinadream/

 

About the artists

 

Carole Gibbons is a painter born (1935) in Glasgow, where she still lives and paints. She studied at Glasgow School of Art 1953-58, where her contemporaries Alan Fletcher, Douglas Abercrombie and Alasdair Gray had a profound influence on her career. 

 

She has had several retrospectives in Scotland and her work is held in many public collections including the National Galleries Scotland, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Glasgow Museums, yet she remains largely unknown outside of Glasgow. 

 

Luke Samuel, born 1992 in Cardiff, lives and works in London. Luke received his BA (Hons) Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, and is currently enrolled at the Royal Academy Schools (2018 - 2022).

 

Selected group exhibitions include: Alt Freunde, Neue Freunde, Claas Reiss, (2021); Companions, Union Pacific, (2021); Glass Houses, Mcbeans Orchid Nursery, (2020); No Time Like the Present, Public Gallery, London (2020); Premiums, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2020); LANDGRAB, The Shop, Sadie Coles HQ, London (2020), Summer Exhibition 2017; The Royal Academy of Arts, London (2017); The Painter-Stainers Prize 2016, Guildford House Gallery, Guildford (2016).

Venue:

Venue ( Address ): 

Unit 5, The Textile Building 

31a Chatham Place

Hackney, London

E9 6FJ

Other events from Kupfer

view
If I Were You
05/28/2022 to 06/18/2022
view
I Suppose in a Dream
04/23/2022 to 05/21/2022
view
Headless
11/13/2021 to 12/18/2021
view
The Centre - Dominic Watson & Patrick Cole
10/02/2021 to 10/23/2021

Pages

_____________________________________________

Related Shows This Week in UK

view
The Shine Camera Club Inaugural Children’s Photography Showcase
06/24/2022 to 07/16/2022
view
The Evolution of Ent-: QX
05/27/2022 to 08/20/2022
view
Christopher Thompson | Out of the Shadow
06/28/2022 to 07/17/2022
view
Choi Soowhan | A Positive Absence
06/04/2022 to 07/17/2022
view
We Are Commoners: Creative Acts of Commoning
05/07/2022 to 07/10/2022
view
A30 at No 20
06/24/2022 to 07/02/2022
view
Raw Talent 2022
07/02/2022 to 07/31/2022
view
Creative Connections Cornwall
06/18/2022 to 09/17/2022

Pages