I know that this crayon I am holding is blue
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
ON DISPLAY from September 22 to October 11, 2008 in the Tricycle Gallery, I know that this crayon I am holding is blue is the latest exhibition in a yearlong series exclusively devoted to recent graduates – in this case, Victoria Adam, Alastair Levy and Kate Russo.
The title is taken from Roland Barthes’ text The Responsibility of Forms whereby he makes the case for colour as a kind of bliss. Colour is simultaneously expected and unexpected. The blue crayon’s colour is known and yet will still surprise regardless when used.
Adam, Levy and Russo all emphasise colour through its use in and with everyday and mass-produced forms. Using commonplace objects they each emphasise the pleasure to be found in the unexpected.
Adam is interested in the overlooked and humble; remnants left on the boundary between the visible and non-visible. Her curious and exploratory practice uses materials in their base form, distilled yet worthless. Colour is often a necessary part of her unscientifically utilised scientific processes. By pinpointing the ephemeral Adam changes their nature, giving a value to dust.
Levy’s photographs form a body of work entitled Proposals for Everyday Living. Incorporating play and gesture into the process of making his work, they document a series of actions or interventions carried out with everyday objects and contexts. Levy uses colour, and particularly mass produced colour, as a subject matter in its own right. His manipulation of mundane materials such as office stationery allows for an alternative experience of the everyday.
Russo’s work is engaged with combining found material with imagined patterns and colour schemes. In this series of works, Russo uses the inside designs of envelopes as a skeleton for creating new patterns and colour relationships within them. Her drawing forms a veil over the original pattern allowing it only to be understood through her modification. The work is a cosmetic intervention placed on existing formations.
Tricycle Recent Graduates 2008 is a programme of exhibitions organised by the Tricycle Gallery to give exhibition opportunities to aspiring artists. In devoting an entire year to recent graduates, the Tricycle aims to give greater exposure to the selected artists whilst simultaneously displaying an exciting and contemporary programme.
Times: Monday to Saturday from 10am to 10pm, Sunday from 3pm to 9pm.
Tricycle Gallery, 269 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 7JR.
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