Clare Thornton: Materials of Resistance

Plymouth Arts Centre, 38 Looe Street, Plymouth, PL4 0EB

01752 206114
charlotte@plymouthartscentre.org
https://plymouthartscentre.org/whats-on/clare-thornton-materials-resistance/

Friday 01 December 2017 – Saturday 20 January 2018
Opening Hours: 1-8pm
Booking recommended
No Booking Required

Preview: Thursday 30 November, 6-8pm. Free and open to all.

This exhibition of Clare’s work explores her longstanding interest in folding and falling and its new means of expression through ceramics and print. She has produced a sculptural installation comprising works that adorn the interior spaces of Plymouth Arts Centre, employing coiled, extruded clay and draped, printed pieces to explore time and pressure upon materials teetering on the edge of collapse. The curious, repetitive forms and motifs refer back to the body, a body seeking to be strong yet flexible in uncertain times. Clare draws on her formal training in dance, scenography and literature and in this latest show she is additionally inspired by two formidable women from the 1920’s/30’s namely Nancy Cunard and Baroness Elsa von Loringshoven.

Clare Thornton is an interdisciplinary artist and educator working from her studio at KARST (Plymouth, UK). She has shown her work extensively as a solo artist through residencies and exhibitions at Galleri GUN (Oslo) and Kurant Visningsrom (Tromsø), Oriel Myrddin, (Carmarthen) and University of Bristol Theatre Collection but also in on-going cross-disciplinary collaborations with Emma Cocker, Jan Steinum (Norway) and the Performance Re-enactment Society, which she co-founded in 2007 for investigating the problems and potential of performance and it’s documents with projects shown at Arnolfini, Spike Island (Bristol), FlatTimeHouse, South London Gallery (London), Gagosian Gallery (New York).

 

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