CAT ROISSETTER: NEW PAINTINGS by Lizzie Glendinning

Words by Harriet Hawksworth @ Style.com

Cat Roissetter's work thrives in the middle Zone between reality and her warped interpretation of it. 

She distorts just enough, leaving an intriguing peephole into a parallel universe, a crumb for the viewer's imagination like the failing memory of vivid dreams.

From a sooty fog appears an intricately detailed breast. 

A toddler's fist rises in protest, a cluster of baby masks hover around multiple shadows.

Half accidental, half coaxing, Roissetter has become a master of manipulating her own marks. And now those marks are made predominantly in paint, offering new inflections to her language.

What, then, is the difference between drawing and painting? Both "require hand and imagination simultaneously" both involve the application of one material to another. 

It is common that when an artist decides to move into painting, the overriding emotion is one of fear. Fear of the unpredictable nature of paint. But Roissetter has a head start. The unpredictable is her currency.

Paint offers an opportunity to add thick layers of confusion, juxtaposed with cool watery planes that throw clusters of activity into relief like no other material.

CAT ROISSETTER: NEW PAINTINGS
A THOUSAND PLATEAUS
04 OCT - 05 NOV 2015
BROCKET GALLERY PROJECT SPACE, 16 WINDMILL ROW, LONDON SE11 5DW

 

 

WCPF: The Cultural History of Woolwich by Lizzie Glendinning

As I continue my journey with Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, I delve into the history of this fascinating corner of London to discover how the its social and cultural past resonates with the regeneration of the area today. 

By Ed Oliver

Woolwich finds itself on the bank of the Thames in the historic royal borough of Greenwich. For centuries its landscape has been dominated by docks, warehouses and factories, providing an incredible platform for cultural development. 

The town has a number of public sculptures: one of Roman origin, several statues and reliefs from the 19th and early 20th century, and a number of modern sculptures. An entrance at Woolwich Arsenal station features a large tiled mural by renowned contemporary artist, Michael Craig Martin. 

Nick Richards, Thames Barrier. Etching. (Thames-Side Print Studio)

Nick Richards, Thames Barrier. Etching. (Thames-Side Print Studio)

The monumental site comprises of a group of 18th-century buildings: the entrance gate, the Guardhouse and the ‘Clock House’ which housed the Dockyard offices. A pair of nineteenth- century docks remain, on the site of their sixteenth-century predecessors, and the later development of the Dockyard in the early Victorian period is represented in a group of buildings alongside the dockyard chimney, a prominent landmark on Woolwich Church Street. 

Further along the river, by the striking Thames Barrier, further 18th century buildings of the retired Woolwich Dockyard prove this corner of Greenwich Borough is an architectural gem.
Owing to the proliferation and decline of the Woolwich Dockyard, the complex is now one of London's largest concentrations of artists' studios. An untapped creative bed, this site house the Thames-Side Print Studios and Phramed picture framers who will both be exhibiting in November at the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair.

 

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PRINT SOUTH... by Lizzie Glendinning

Yesterday Brocket Director, Lizzie, and Woolwich Print Fair Coordinator, Ed, visited Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair Exhibition Partner, Slaughterhaus Print Studio in Stockwell, London for the inaugural meeting and initial think-tank of PRINT SOUTH.

Brainchild of Slaughterhaus' Michelle Averson, PRINT SOUTH is a new platform connecting anyone to do with printmaking in (to begin with) South London.

Taking inspiration from the International Print Biennale that brings similarly minded people together through the north-east of England, PRINT SOUTH will be a members database of print-makers, studios, galleries, dealers and collectors, working together to host exhibitions and events, educate and inform as well as generate sales - after all this is the market we are all in!

Over multiple coffees and a generous selection of delicious breakfast delicacies, the founding members exchanged ideas and expertise, structuring the manifesto, remit and initial projects for this exciting new initiative.  

With the pending Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair,  PRINT SOUTH is pertinently situated within current contemporary art discussion and will prove an invaluable resource for Printmaking and its associates.