Jessica Cooper: .... but plastic is beautiful

Image Credit: Jessica Cooper, 'when i met you' (2016) 33 x 33 cm, acrylic pen and Caran d’Ache on canvas

Kestle Barton: Rural Centre for Contemporary Arts

01326 231811
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Saturday 08 April 2017 – Saturday 20 May 2017
Artist Talk - 8 April, 3pm
Opening Hours: 10:30am - 5pm

At Kestle Barton we are very pleased that for our first exhibition in 2017 Jessica Cooper has made a new collection of paintings in which she has closely observed the plastic and other debris that has lodged itself into our gardens and meadow.

It is rewarding for us to have artists spend time here, over several years in this case, reflecting and making artwork that responds to our place, which is dedicated to exploring art in a rural environment. This work expands the scale, scope and thematic development of Cooper’s previous work, while remaining true to the elegant, minimal style that she is known for.

In addition to the new paintings, Cooper has also created a video using footage taken alongside her preparatory sketchbook drawings during numerous site visits. The entirety of the show is part of the artist’s ongoing current investigation of the story of the ‘red thread of fate’.

Jessica Cooper is the first artist to produce prints for a special Kestle Barton limited edition print series, in collaboration with Simon Marsh, being launched this year.

There will be a public opening of the exhibition on 8 April from 2pm – 5pm with an Artist Talk at 3pm. All are welcome to attend.

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