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Objects in the mirror are closer than they appear

Débora Delmar and Sung Tieu

3 July — 10 August 2018

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RA Schools students Débora Delmar and Sung Tieu take on Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko in this new collaborative installation in the Weston Studio.

In 1937, artist and instructor Hans Hoffmann said – in what he thought was a compliment – to his student and future Abstract Expressionist painter Lee Krasner: “This is so good, you would never know it was done by a woman”.

This quotation led Delmar and Tieu to resurrect the imagery and tropes of Abstract Expressionism, in particular the male painters Newman and Rothko. Tieu makes “paintings” from craft fabrics that mimic Rothko’s colour field paintings. Delmar utilises offcuts of men’s suits from Savile Row tailors to construct abstract “paintings” reminiscent of Newman.

Sculptures formed of car mirrors give the project its title. These mirror sculptures reflect the selective gaze of art history, but also enact a shift towards a new generation of female artists. Photographic portraits of Delmar and Tieu among taxidermied animals depict the artists as confident new species disrupting a monotonous history.

This project uses humour, reappropriation and play to undermine the outdated narrative of the great male artist.

The dates of the exhibition include installation and deinstallation. To see the project once installation is complete, we recommend you visit between 11 July and 9 August 2018.

3 July — 10 August 2018

Daily 10am – 6pm Friday 10am – 10pm

Weston Studio, RA Schools

Free, no booking required