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Ruth Claxton, Marie-France and Patricia Martin, Paulette Phillips

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of works by Ruth Claxton, Marie-France and Patricia Martin, Paulette Phillips is on display at Danielle Arnaud contemporary art until October 21, 2007.

Claxton’s work focuses on the deconstruction of existing imagery and the ideas or belief inherent in their original construction. She uses china figurines (Royal Doulton) which are wittily and insolently altered and integrated into complex sculptural installations acting as constructed landscapes.

Marie-France and Patricia Martin’s video projection Du noir dans le vert (pictured) presents, in an idyllic landscape (Swiss mountains, Flemish light), two characters – woodchoppers, criminals, amateur ornithologists, clones – gesticulating around walnuts trees, gazing at their own reflection on a pond, running away in terror, repeating pointless chores. Engulfed in fear and madness, the two figures pretend to belong to real life but act as if locked in an abstract fairy tale.

During the exhibition, the artists will also present a performance based on Du noir dans le vert where they will analyse obsessional behaviour and explore time, past or present, real or imaginary.

In The Open (Monster Series), Paulette Phillips presents a series of seven videos that display animals in captivity within constructed landscapes. The animals and landscapes are collaged from disparate elements collected during the artist’s travels over the last five years and reflect her interest in natural history and the complex relationship to colonialism. The footage is shot in zoos and landscapes in Toronto, Montreal, Berlin, London, Rotterdam, Paris, Monaco, San Diego and New York.

Her second work, Touche, is an on-going installation that explores the site of an abandoned house, E 1027 built by Eileen Gray in 1929 which sits as a ruin in the South of France. The installation places the conflicting energies, theories and expressions of Le Corbusier and Gray into dynamic relief.

Danielle Arnaud contemporary art, 123 Kennington Road, London, SE11 6SF.

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