Alice Anderson, Biggs & Collings, Jemima Brown, Tiny Domingos, Bella Easton, Jane Harris, Georgie Hopton, 
Vincent James, Tim Noble, Sinta Werner
PAPER presents Dividing Rules: The Line Between. Curated by London-based BEASTON Projects, the exhibition explores the use of line in the work of ten contemporary artists. Their process-driven practices are motivated by the tension between certainty and chance. Some explore the boundaries of geometric abstraction, others use an appropriated line, or one created via an external agency. Here everything has a beginning and an end, bridged by order, balanced by organic matter. A fine line where decision-making contradicts, straddled between a dichotomy of structure and collapse. A paradox where things connect and uncouple and order meets accident for equilibrium to be reached. There needs to be structure in order to abandon it.

The exhibition displays works on paper by internationally renowned and emerging artists that explore the similarities and dissonances of divisions and boundaries through two main areas: those through the formal links to line and form through rhythm, repetition, sequencing, abstraction, tactility or recurring motif through geometry and symmetry; and this then overlapped by the artists’ ongoing interests that anchor their practice.

Artworks

Alice Anderson
Object Portrait
(from barcode Battery)
Oil Pastel on Paper mounted on board
40 x 50 cm
2016
£2000
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Alice Anderson
Object Portrait
(from barcode Amazon Parcel)
Oil Pastel on Paper mounted on board
40 x 50 cm
2016
£2000
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Alice Anderson
Object Portrait
(from barcode suitecase)
Oil Pastel on Paper mounted on board
40 x 50 cm
2015
£2000
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Alice Anderson
Object Portrait
(from barcode life vest boat II)
Oil Pastel on Paper mounted on board
40 x 50 cm
2016
£2000
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Biggs & Collings
Collage I for study for Out of Heaven

Cut printed papers on rag paper
16 x 16cm
2017
£850
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Biggs & Collings
Collage II for study for Out of Heaven

Cut printed papers on rag paper
16 x 16cm
2017
£850
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Biggs & Collings
Collage III for study for Out of Heaven

Cut printed papers on rag paper
16 x 16cm
2017
£850
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Jemima Brown
Untitled Girls I

31 x 43cm 
pencil, watercolour and collage on paper
2004
£470
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Jemima Brown
Untitled Girls II

31 x 43cm 
pencil, watercolour and collage on paper
2004
£470
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Tiny Domingos
Red ball on woodbar winter landscape

Archival digital print}
Edition of 3 + 2 AP
42 x29.7cm
2018
£750
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Tiny Domingos
Blue Bar + Red ball + Yellow Field

Archival digital print}
Edition of 3 + 2 AP
42 x29.7cm
2018
£750
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Bella Easton
Anaglypta series: Black Daisy Thicket

blind embossed paper cut onto Hahnemuhle etch paper
2017
£800
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Bella Easton
Anaglypta series: Delphic Flora

Blind embossed paper cut onto Hahnemuhle etch paper
2017
£800
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Bella Easton
Anaglypta series: Fortuna's Globe

Blind embossed paper cut onto Hahnemuhle etch paper
2017
£800
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Jane Harris
Orbiters 10

Pencil on Fabriano paper
40 x 40cm
2017
£2000 (framed)
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Jane Harris
Orbiters 12

Pencil on Fabriano paper
40 x 40cm
2017
£2000 (framed)
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Georgie Hopton
Clutch

wool and collage on paper
45 x 38cm
2017
£1900
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Georgie Hopton
Little Brother

wool and collage on paper
45.5 x 37.5cm
2017
£1900
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Vincent James
Border Control

Tissue paper and cardboard
42 x 21 x 2.5 cm
2018
£500
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Tim Noble
Rust Man

rust drawing on paper
40.5 x 48cm,
2016
£1800
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Sinta Werner
Crossing Borders of the Retold I  (Philadelphia, New York)
Collage
£1000
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Sinta Werner
Crossing Borders of the Retold II (main station, Rome)

Collage
£1000
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Installation Views
The division between performance and the ‘readymade’ can be seen through both Alice Anderson’s and Tiny Domingos’ work, where they both explore human presence in space through repetitive action or scale and placement. Methods of preservation and documentation also rule here and overlap. Georgie Hopton describes herself as a ‘plant breeder and butterfly catcher’, utilising and embedding collected organic material, now severed from its origin. In contrast to this, Vincent James pays homage to the animated cartoon by appropriating his subject and ‘freezing’ into its now, new three-dimensional ironic narrative, toing and froing between real and fiction worlds.
Themes recur, such as illusion and spatial distortion. Bella Easton creates immersive, illusory-lit spaces formed from the flat motif of wallpaper extracts. Jane Harris on the other hand creates an optical motif through adjustment, position and quantity of shapes that have grown out of constructing her drawings. Other connections can be seen through self-identity. Jemima Brown uses herself indirectly and subversively to represent women through a cyclic cultural narrative. Tim Noble uses himself and creates a naive self-portrait through a precarious offset process, where rust meets paper, through which a ghostly corroded figure appears through the line formed. Both remove themselves in the leap made through their processes and create divisions through spatial distance.
The reflection of memory and past constructs divisions through time. Biggs & Collings shift back and forth, refining their compositions to inform a ‘rhythmic overall unity’ and the process of time reclaims a sense of reality. Sinta Werner alters the order of time by reversing the visual arrangement of her original photograph, thus changing the visual pace of how it is now read and creating its own time-based presence.

What is clear here is that all the artists are motivated by structural arrangement through forms of cultural mapping, architectural referencing and making connections to the real world; each embrace an interest in ritual, routine and repetition, while maintaining an intention of playfulness within their process driven practices.