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LUCY ARCHER & TALIA LAING - SLIPPY TEMPERAMENT
03/10/19 - 13/10/19
In this exhibition, ‘Slippy Temperament: An Investigation into the Physicality of Time,’ two artists come together whose work you might seen at OUTPUT gallery once before. After they were both selected to feature in the very first edition of our regular group show OUTPUT OPEN and had their work curated alongside one another, artists Lucy Archer and Talia Laing have been collaborating. Now, they return to OUTPUT for their first exhibition as a duo.

Archer and Laing’s distinct practices are complimentary in their aesthetics and intentions. The process of making their work often begins with found images, memories, photographs or specific locations - then begins the alteration and play. Both artists work and rework different elements to reach formal resolutions. Archer uses painting and drawing for these outcomes, while Laing uses weaving and explains that her work is an attempt to understand the way she experiences the world. In this show, that world is two worlds, and both visions are held together to present something new.

Website - www.lucyarcher.co.uk
Instagram - @lucyarcherfineart
Website - www.talialaing.com
Instagram - @taliablaing
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What’s the experience been like of collaborating with each other?

It’s been very easy in the sense that whenever we regrouped to show what we’d made or even what we’d been thinking about, there was a natural resonance or consistency between our work. It’s also been encouraging having someone else depend on you to develop your work and vice versa; even during less creative periods, it’s felt very supportive. We are excited for further collaboration.

Making the body of work over a six month period was very significant as it became a visual timeline of ideas and conversations, resulting in a consistent language of imagery. The work itself uses materiality to document the passing of time, this is seen in the repetitive rhythm of both weaving and laying down painterly marks.

We have realised that the collaborative nature of this project relates to its inherent femininity- both aesthetically and in the way that women share, create and communicate with each other. 
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