Thames-Side Studios Gallery: Alex Simpson and Alice Hartley (11-26 Jan 2020)

Thames-Side Studios Gallery

Alex Simpson and Alice Hartley
We Sit Together For A Minute

Exhibition Dates: 11-26 January 2020
Preview: Friday 10 January 2020, 6-9pm

This exhibition brings together the work of Alice Hartley and Alex Simpson, two friends and artists who share a similar sensibility making emotive, expressive and intuitive works. Having drifted in and out of each others lives for nearly three decades they connect once again to present their first show together, We Sit Together For a Minute.

A conversation ensues between the lively gestural mark making and sensual quality of Hartley’s printmaking and the ambiguity, fluidity and visceral nature of Simpson’s works.Through this collection of works they explore the body, fragmented landscapes, memory and the anxiety and uncertainty of these times.

About the artists
Alice Hartley
Hartley (b.1988, Winchester, UK) works across printmaking, painting, writing and drawing, showing an instinctive nature of pairing gleaned text and compulsive mark making. Her work - stemmed from fragments of writing and drawing from her own sketchbooks are transformed into expressive mono screen print installations that she creates specifically for site.

Hartley paints quickly and instinctively on the silkscreen with momentum and vigour to create one off panels that sit somewhere between a painting and a print. The work has biographical elements but is predominately fictional. The voice is urgent and the mark is sure.

Hartley has exhibited across the country as well as around Europe and North America. Recent exhibitions include Art Night 2019 at Chalton Gallery, Recreational Grounds IV, Strike site curated by Sacha Craddock at Backlit, Nottingham and Pi Artworks, London, a solo commission We Sit Together for A Minute, for Kingsgate Workshop in London. Hartley was selection for New Contemporaries 2014 and completed her MA in Fine Art Printmaking at the Royal College of Art in 2013 and lives and works in London.

Alex Simpson
Alex Simpson (b.1988, Hampshire, UK) works primarily with drawing, clay and materials associated with the production of ceramics. She is interested in the haptic quality of the mark and the transition of this mark between two and three dimensions. Her approach shifts between intuitive and controlled, to allow the unknown to enter into the creative process and think through making.

She looks to create a sense of uncertainty; an ambiguity of form and surface whilst attempting to capture a presence of life, movement, contained within a material hardened and far removed from its soft and transient origins. She attempts to distil a moment of transition, somewhere between becoming and dissolution to create forms of internal and external spaces whether physical or mental through which she can explore personal experience.

Simpson graduated with an MA in Ceramics & Glass from the Royal College of Art in 2015. She has exhibited work across the UK. In 2016 she was selected by the Barbican Arts Group Trust to undertake a solo exhibition Through Viscera at Black Horse Lane. In 2017 she was selected for the Award exhibition at the British Ceramics Biennial Stoke-on-Trent where she created a site-specific installation. Recent exhibitions include Undertow, Sluice Gallery, London and The Bodies That Remain, Horse Hospital, London. Alex lives in London and is based at Thames-Side Studios.

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