We were a loose collective of visual artists and authors from the South West, formed in 2018, whose work sometimes involved artist books, zines and other primarily analogue outputs. We shared these and exhibited as a collective in 2018-19, which allowed us to show a selection of analogue work as diverse as our practices.
Building upon previous successful group exhibitions, during 2018 we exhibited work at venues in Exeter and Plymouth. We had a table at 'Counter', the Plymouth art book fair, in March 2018. Most of us exhibited again at St Petrocks May 22-28 for Art Week Exeter as part of the storytelling exhibition: Exeter's Vanished Rock Venues .
In 2019 we were in the Digging for Victory exhibition at TAAG, Teignmouth from 23rd February to 1st March.
Brief artist statements with links to our websites (as at 2018) are shown below.
Whitney picks away at the vacuous, glossy world of popular culture, and the urban and emotional alienation that underlies it, using a mix of photography & collage with painted papers, drawn scribbles, art journal pages and found text. She produces collages, textile work, prints, and small artist books.
Steve uses manipulated images from popular culture to raise questions about the way we live. Some of the work warns of the dystopian future and multinational corporations. Some-times the focus is on identity and the individual. He has made zines, postcards, 'books' and paper stuff throughout his art career.
David focuses on the psychology of discordant emotions in nightmares, employing a Victorian aesthetic. His book, 'The Angels of Death', is an anthology of short stories, each based on one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. It explores the themes of disease, war, famine and death, and is illustrated with found images, ink sketches and paintings.
Dan is a writer and a guitarist in the band, Susannah and the Noise. He's also a leading contributor to the Exeter Phoenix artists' writing group. Thanks to his experience in journalism Dan can turn his hand to all kinds of written output, including the shorter pieces which form the core of his zine/artist book work.
Laura collects, researches and revives often personal histories, creating archival materials and giving them new relevance. Following a successful exhibition at Exeter Phoenix in 2016, she set up the artists' writing group. Laura's work often includes found objects such as photographs, slides and postcards, which are then re-presented in various ways, including zines or booklets.
In Rachel's recent work she's been interacting with people on the streets of Exeter, drawing human outlines for them to inhabit. Her work explores delineation, space and identity, and poses questions about absence. She explores these themes using a variety of media, including colourful and almost abstract prints.
As an artist and biologist, Karen likes to explore the connections between art and science. She favours natural materials and often combines 2D imagery with 3D structures. Her recent output includes paper works inspired by crumbling coral skeletons and an artist's book which celebrates the role of women in science.
When I was young, I was fascinated by catalogues. Also, I picked up objects I found on the pavement, and kept them in a large coffee can. I first experienced paintings through looking at pictures of them in books, so I suspect I’ve associated the two forms ever since. Now, I make drawings and paintings, some of which get folded, spindled and mutilated into book-like shapes. I’m left-handed, and I believe in magic.
David makes art which engages with the local community and is one half of the Smooth Space practice. His most recent work was BGS350 - a project which recorded the impact of the rising sea level upon endangered bird species. His current work, the Kitchen Drawings, involves documenting kitchens for people and for his website in an exchange of values, rather than for money.
Clare's art is strongly connected to the land and shamanistic practices. The pieces she creates are physical manifestations of her experience and her relationship with nature. Her work often includes a written narrative or diary. Clare's artist books allow her to extend and expand upon those narratives.
Angela's practice is motivated by the ‘stuff’ of life - personal, overlooked, and discarded materials. She uses the ritual collection and processing of these materials to reflect on the passing of time, and the materials’ associated personal narratives. The ways in which Angela documents her reflections include writing, drawing and other mark making.
The gallery below shows selected images of previous mainly analogue work by collective members - click for detail