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Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle

Weston Studio, RA Schools

27 Mar — 10 May 2019

Artists Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle use the Weston Studio as an open studio and exhibition space to explore drawing, painting and collage through new publications and works on paper.

IMAGE DRUM offers a visual working document of Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle’s collaborative project, Long Distance Press – which acts as a space for production and discussion, and a place for artists to make new work. Throughout the project, invited artists Sam Austen, Brian Griffiths, Katharina Hoeglinger and Anastasia Pavlou activate workstations, materials and printers, offering visitors a glimpse into the working methods and processes of these artists. The spinning, oscillating, changing nature of the project mimics the image drums, found within printing machines. IMAGE DRUM moves backwards and forwards becoming written over, recharged with ink and replicated in step with the printers present in the space. It explores the patterns inherent in the artist multiple, the rhythmic repetition of the photocopier and the staccato tempo of the stapler.

As new publications are devised, edited, produced and printed within the Weston Studio, the audience is invited to talk with the artists as they work and ask questions about their practices. Past publications from Long Distance Press will be available in a library for visitor’s perusal, as well as wall based works by the artists.

Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle established Long Distance Press in 2013 as a way to solidify their collaborative practice. Working between Glasgow, Newcastle, London and Edinburgh, Long Distance Press first started as a postal art project that quickly turned into collaborative works, publications and exhibitions. Together they explore the research, drawing and works on paper that often live at the unseen edges of an artists’ practice. Previous publications include Take Up Space (2018), SNIFF SNIFF (2017), Noodeleling (2017) and Pen Pushers (2016). Previous collaborative exhibitions include Drop Shot, MONOMATIC, Edinburgh (2017) and High Five, MONOMATIC.com (2014). Long Distance Press acts as a publishing house, artist project, zine factory, exhibition space, commissioning body and image drum.

The dates of the exhibition include installation and deinstallation. To see the project once installation is complete, we recommend you visit between 30/3/2019 and 9/5/2019.

27 March — 10 May 2019

Sunday – Thursday 10am-6pm
Fridays 10am-10pm

Free, no booking required.

Weston Studio, RA Schools