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Peter Sharp and Michelle Cawthorn: This Is Not A Solo Show

July at Verge Gallery

This is Not A Solo Show was conceived out of the desire to explore the material and conceptual dichotomies of an artist couple through the intersection of their respective practices. While Sharp’s expresses an external view of the natural world, Cawthorn’s reflects an internal one. The resultant works reflect the difficulties that all relationships face in navigating a common ground.

The relationship specific installation that is This is Not a Solo Show investigates these opposites. While all of the works in the exhibition have been derived through collaboration, the processes employed for each have differed. While the primary form is sculpture, in a departure from their usual material expression, Cawthorn and Sharp sought to evolve a work that employed a form neither had previously used. This meant that neither had a material advantage and caused them to consider how they could utilise each other’s strengths in order for the work to be conceived. The resultant work, Hospital Corners (2016) is a series of photographic works expressing the intimate yet mundane act of making the bed; associated connotations intended.

However, the processes involved in the sculptural works was very different. Each artist worked separately within their own material practice to create individual works not influenced by the other. Sharp utilised his stockpile of timbers to create wooden sculptures, while Cawthorn sourced fabrics, clothes and faux furs to create soft sculptures. Each artist then supplied a form (or forms) for the other to respond to. By doing, so they surrendered autonomy of their own work. Each artist then changed or modified the others’ work in any manner they choose, with or without negotiation. Surrendering exposes vulnerabilities and requires trust, thereby enacting a metaphor for the nature of a committed relationship.



Tuesdays to Fridays, 10am to 5pm
Saturdays, 11am to 4pm

Thursday 30 June to Saturday 30 July 2016

Thursday 30 June 2016 from 6pm to 8pm



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