In and Out of Sight is a dynamic and evolving exhibition encompassing drawing, sculpture, film, installation and live works by artists Catherine Bertola, Cath Campbell, Jo Coupe and Jennifer Douglas. Performance is the starting point for the work and while none of the artists would describe themselves as performers, increasingly they are realising the role of performance inherent in the research, making or presentation of each artist's work.
The exhibition offers a fresh approach to the exhibition model, where the usually ‘private’ processes of research, production, installation, conversation and engagement become part of the exhibition itself.
The artists met at Newcastle University in the late 1990s and over the last 20 years have maintained close personal and professional relationships, sharing studios and exhibiting together. Although they have their own distinct, individual practices, this shared experience over time subtly unites them. These commonalities will reveal themselves over the seven-week ebb and flow of the In and Out of Sight exhibition.
Please follow a discussion of the exhibition on our Artists In Conversation blog.
Catherine Bertola creates installations, objects and drawings that respond to particular sites, collections or historical contexts. In her new work she will use film and photographic processes to re-animate photographs of empty domestic interiors through the inclusion of her own presence.
Cath Campbell's work encompasses drawing, photography, sculpture, digital printmaking, installation and large-scale architectural interventions. For UHGalleries she is making a new architectural work that will house an ongoing sound installation exploring traditions of social singing and collective voices, using found film footage to provide the lyrical content.
Jo Coupe's work is rooted in a fascination with impermanence. From photography to installation, video, objects and sound, she creates works which investigate transience, precariousness and unpredictability. For In and Out of Sight Coupe will use the human voice to create an immersive sound installation.
Jennifer Douglas creates large-scale paintings, sculptures and installations to explore relationships between inherent function and renewed significance. A new series of paintings will explore the physicality of mark-making and reference the working environments of heavy and light industry and their painterly equivalents within the history of modern and contemporary art.
Images courtesy of the artists and Workplace Gallery.