Formed Thought exhibition of material-led works

A trail of burnt paint, degrading clay and a 12m-long graphite drawn surface; some of the explorations into the maker’s relationship with their materials, on display at the Formed Thoughts exhibition in London.

Fire drawings, Glithero 2011

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Fire drawings, Glithero 2011

Exhibition curator, Clare Twomey, an artist and research fellow at the University of Westminster, says that idea for Formed Thoughts came from the concept of ‘the moment of making’.

Fire drawings, Glithero 2011

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Fire drawings, Glithero 2011

She says, ‘Usually exhibitions present either the material as the hero or the artist as the hero – I’ve tried to find the vital, exciting point in the middle.’

Surface, Tracey Rowledge 2011

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Surface, Tracey Rowledge 2011

Twomey was asked to curate this exhibition, the latest in a series of one-offs by London’s Jerwood Visual Arts in mid-2011. She says that she was inspired to put together a ‘celebration of the making of things’ by the V&A’s recent Power of Making exhibition.

Surface, Tracey Rowledge 2011

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Surface, Tracey Rowledge 2011

Twomey says, ‘It was a very revealing exhibition. I wanted to continue discussing art production; of both art and the artist having more potential. All of the works in Formed Thoughts expose this in some way.’

Vanitas, Phoebe Cummings 2011

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Vanitas, Phoebe Cummings 2011

A 12m-long wall of a single drawing, by Tracey Rowledge, which took more than 100 hours and 72 sticks of graphite to produce, and is joined by works from Phoebe Cummings and Studio Glithero.

Vanitas, Phoebe Cummings 2011

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Vanitas, Phoebe Cummings 2011

Glithero’s charcoal path of burnt screen-printed paint reveals the trace of a moment between art and artist, and Cummings’ unfired clay works will change and degrade as they are exhibited, reflecting the material’s potential for change.

Formed Thoughts will run from 18 January – 26 February at Jerwood Visual Arts, 171 Union St, London SE1

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