45.8 x 35.8 cm [18 x 14 inches]
Edition of 30, signed and numbered.
About the work
On the occasion of Eduardo Paolozzi, 16 February - 14 May 2017, at the Whitechapel Gallery, Ciara Phillips has created a new silkscreen edition in homage to the artist.
Through the use of over twenty silkscreen layers, Ciara Phillips intended to reflect the intensity of Paolozzi's prints, by creating something that looks as though it might be in progress.
The central figure in the print, a woman riding on a man's back, for Phillips came from thinking about Paolozzi's piece Avant-Garde?!, 1971 in which monsters fill the forms of letters and poke fun at the seriousness attributed to the avant-garde. Phillips relates the humour in that work to another, much earlier figurative alphabet Alfabeto Figurato by Giovanni Battista Bracelli (1632). Phillips has reworked Bracelli’s ‘A’ using this as a recurring motif in the image – ‘A’ for Avant-garde. This edition also reflects on Paolozzi's fascination with the relationship between humans and machines - here the visual language of Photoshop, and the staggering of images are indicative of the machine that has come to occupy our everyday.
About the artist
Ciara Phillips is Canadian artist who lives and works in Glasgow. Phillips often works with printing in a collaborative manner, where she turns gallery spaces into workshops and invites participation from other artists, designers and local community groups.
Ciara Phillips (born 1976 in Ottawa, Canada) has a BA in Fine Art from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada and an MA from The Glasgow School of Art (2004). In 2014 she was nominated for the Turner Prize for an exhibition titled Workshop (2010 - ongoing) at The Showroom, London. Other recent solo exhibitions have been staged at Western Front, Vancouver (2016); CCA Derry-Londonderry (2016); Konsthall C, Stockholm (2015); Bergen Kunsthall (2014); Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2013); Neues Museum Nürnberg (2013) and Atelier am Eck, Düsseldorf (2010). Group exhibitions include: British Art Show 8 in Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton (2015-17); Generation: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (2014); There Will Be New Rules Next Week, Dundee Contemporary Arts (2013); Pull Everything Out (with Corita Kent), Spike Island, Bristol (2012); Who Decides?, Stadtgalerie Mannheim (2012); Zwishenraum: Space Between, Kunstverein Hamburg (2010). She has been artist-in-residence at Queen's University, Kingston; Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin County; St. John's College, Oxford; Drawing Room, London and Spike Island, Bristol. Phillips often works collaboratively and is the founder of the artists' collective, Poster Club.
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