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"versus: Thomas Raschke vs Abigail Durrant"
2002-03-14 until 2002-03-24
Centre of Attention
London, , UK United Kingdom

'versus' is a 3-part exhibition, each presenting 2 different artists. vs brings together 2 artists working in different disciplines. vs is a clash, a complement, a synthesis, a blind date and throws up a new visual stimulus, a new mental conundrum and fresh ideas. vs highlights the fierce competition of the art world, altogether as fierce as biological or commercial imperatives. vs: someone has to win.

Thomas Raschke studied art at the Akademie dBK, Stuttgart. He lives and works in Berlin. He has shown extensively in Germany and in France, most recently in a solo show at Galerie Wieland in December 2001(click here for Galerie Wieland's website). The work is also part of an upcoming show at the Stadtliche Museum in Heilbronn. This is the first time his work is exhibited in the UK.

At the Centre of Attention, he presents sculptures made of iron wires, which create three-dimensional objects called Electric Drill or Pressure Cooker. Any true visual penetration of these wire frames, including all possible views and perspectives, is imaginable as they exist as drawings in space. The lines become minimal shorthand for complex plastic forms; they define an anchor for the eye, which is fooled by the familiarity of the object.

A young Fine Art graduate from Newcastle University, Abigail Durrant was the Award Winner (Business Design Centre Fresh Artist 2001) at 'Fresh Art 2001', Business Design Centre, London. She is currently exhibiting at gf2 gallery, 7 Lower James St in London and will be taking part in exultet II at St. Augustine's Church, Archway Road, London N6 in April-May. She will be showing new work at the Centre of Attention.

I am showing a new series of portraits depicting Woman viewed through a post-genetic lens. Familiar poses are stripped back to reveal the mechanics of the gesture and the less familiar physical structures behind the skin. The images are created digitally and reproduced as Lambda prints. They are an ode to the observing eye as our perceptions change, as we reinterpret both the physical body and the personality traits of the individual, moving beyond what we see with the naked eye. Abigail Durrant, 20. 02. 2002

Abigail Durrant
Preparatory Drawing

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