‘In Response’ Exhibition
In a unique year, a group of 29 London artists connected by the Turps Art School Correspondence Course 2020/21 worked in a back and forth dialogue with their mentors, not unlike the motion of an artist’s paintbrush across a canvas.
United by this and an interest in furthering questions of what painting and making could mean at this time, they present their first group show.
Nunnery Gallery, 181 Bow Road, London, E3 2SJ
“Imagine you are in a very, very remote place and post takes a couple of months to arrive. Or you are above the arctic circle! You send images to an esteemed colleague and await response. The response comes months later. You are unable to ask questions of what you just read because it’s a letter, no Internet, no phones. What then happens is that you slow right down, you listen to and digest every last drop of sense in that letter. You sniff it, you sleep with it under your pillow and you constantly re-read it until you suck every last ounce of anything useful from it. You then make work and any accompanying comments that are posted off with your next work upload will be very deeply thought about. That’s it, period! Babbling, garbling impatient ‘I must know now’ hysteria has ruined people’s ability to absorb and reflect. In doing this course you have enabled a slightly different process to take place. You learn from what you already know. The mentor is a guide. You do the work. It works! Read, reflect then make!”
Marcus Harvey, Director Turps Art School