|LUCY ARCHER & TALIA LAING - SLIPPY TEMPERAMENT
|03/10/19 - 13/10/19
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
|What’s the experience been like of collaborating with each other?
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.