On the Surface and Surface!: curated by Cally Trench

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We human beings find it hard to leave surfaces alone. Over the centuries, we have painted, stitched, incised, etched, built, shaved and carved marks onto every kind of surface: our bodies, our textiles and building materials, the objects we manufacture, the earth itself, and our own skin. What is this mark-making urge? Is it terrotorial or a sign of ownership? A way of proving that we exist? A kind of protest? Or a compulsion, something that we, with our tool-holding hands, simply can't help doing? But marks can also be accidental or incidental, a by-product of another activity - a skid mark on a road, a graze on a knee, a blood stain, or an ink blot - without significance unless someone contructs or deduces a meaning.

On the Surface at The Parlour in London in December 2008 and Surface! at the Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock in April 2009 form a two-part exploration of the covering, uncovering and discovering of marks on surfaces. The two exhibitions will show different work by the participating artists. The artists are Jacqueline Ashmore, Tânia Bandeira Duarte, Alex Dewart, Alan Franklin, Frances Anne Greenough, Estelle Holland, Patrick Jeffs, Philip Lee, Lis Mann,Cally Trench, and Imogen Welch. The exhibitions are curated by Cally Trench.

Jacqueline
Ashmore
Band No.3 by Jacqueline Ashmore

Frances Anne
Greenough
Installation by Frances Anne Greenough

Lis
Mann
The Field by Lis Mann

Tânia
Bandeira Duarte
Detail of Untitled by T&acircnia Bandeira Duarte

Estelle
Holland
Detail of Untitled by Estelle Holland

Cally
Trench
Detail of Grave by Cally Trench

Alex
Dewart
Untitled by Alex Dewart

Patrick
Jeffs
Cold Hanging by Patrick Jeffs

Imogen
Welch
Data Protection by Imogen Welch

Alan
Franklin
Untitled by Alan Franklin

Philip
Lee
Slip IX by Philip Lee

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