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Angled Adults (after Bracelli, for Paolozzi)

Angled Adults (after Bracelli, for Paolozzi), 2017 - Ciara Phillips


about this work

Through the use of over twenty silkscreen layers, Ciara Phillips intended to reflect the intensity of Eduardo 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.

 

This new silkscreen edition was created by Turner Prize-nominated artist Ciara Phillips in homage to Eduardo Paolozzi in the context of his 2017 exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery. 

about Ciara Phillips

° 1976 Ottawa (CAN) – lives and works in Glasgow (UK)

Ciara Phillips works mainly in printmaking and her approach is expansive and experimental. Her interest lies in both the physical processes involved in printing and the capacity to explore, test and develop ideas through it. Printing requires time, space and sometimes collaboration with others, which for Phillips, distinguishes it from the directness of drawing an image straight onto a page. Printing has also been linked with political and social activism – a tool to call for action. Phillips brings all these connections into play in her art, whether she is working alone or with others.

Phillips uses screen-printing in which ink is pulled over and pushed through mesh in order to transfer an image onto paper or fabric. She exploits the opportunities offered by this method, layering colour with images and working on both small and large scales.

Phillips has also developed her thinking through projects dealing with collective making. Her Workshop (2010–ongoing), held at The Showroom, London in 2013, created a studio within the gallery where she made prints every day, often working experimentally with community groups and other artists and designers. Phillips’s project transformed the gallery into a place for investigation, social action, discussion and debate.

(courtesy of Generation Scotland)

Ciara Phillips has had solo exhibitions at venues such as Inverleith House, Edinburgh; Konsthall C, Stockholm; Neues Museum, Nürnberg; Spike Island, Bristol; Gregor Staiger, Zürich; Deuxiéme Bureau/Parisa Kind, Frankfurt; and Kendall Koppe, Glasgow. In 2014 she was shortlisted for the Turner Prize for her solo exhibition at The Showroom, London.

Group exhibitions include the travelling British Art Show 8; Drawing Room, London; Tramway, Glasgow; TATE Britain, London; DCA, Dundee; and Kunstverein Hamburg

You can discover more of Ciara Phillips on her own website.  

You can also find plenty more information on Ciara Phillips and her work on the website of Generation Scotland

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