Out of SPACE | Care S1, E5: Carefree

Wed 22 Sept 2021

In this episode of Out of SPACE’s Care series we look at the creative process, considering if making good art means taking less care – that is thinking less, relying on instinct and letting things just happen. 

Jean Dubuffet described art brut (or outsider art, as it has come to be known) as “those works created from solitude and from pure and authentic creative impulses – where the worries of competition, acclaim and social promotion do not interfere – are, because of these very facts, more precious than the productions of professionals.” 

To discuss creativity and art making we have two artists who both work with paint in very different ways, Jennifer Campbell and Erin Lawlor.

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Cathy Lomax is a London-based artist, the founder of Transition Gallery and the editor of Arty and Garageland magazines. She is currently researching the role of makeup and artifice in the creation of the Hollywood female star image for a PhD at Queen Mary University of London. Cathy’s paintings and installations assimilate the seductive imagery of film, fame and fashion, juxtaposing it with personal narratives and the everyday. Her particular interests are femininity, masquerade and the way that popular culture is constructed, consumed and related to. In 2014 Cathy was an Abbey Painting Fellow at The British School at Rome and in 2016 she won The Contemporary British Painting Prize. Her 2017 solo exhibition The Blind Spot is profiled by Matt Price in The Anomie Review of Contemporary British Painting. Recent exhibitions include Star Bar, Broadway Cinema, Letchworth Garden City (ongoing), The Immaculate Dream, Collyer Bristow Gallery, London (2019) and Dear Christine, Vane Gallery, Newcastle (and touring) (2019).

Jennifer Campbell graduated from the Slade in 2014. Her work, which fluctuates between painting and sculpture, explores cultural ideas around gender and identity. Her recent solo exhibitions include Ever After Slices at Atalante, Gothenberg (2019) and Glamorous at Outpost Gallery, Norwich (2018). Recent group exhibitions include Beauty Salon at The Alison Richards Building, University of Cambridge (2019), Loose Certainties, Transition Gallery, London (2018) and The Conformist, at Belmacz Gallery, London. She teaches art at various institutions including The Essential School of Painting, North London and East Sussex College, Hastings, and has just moved into a SPACE studio at Britannia Works in Hackney Wick.

Erin Lawlor was born in 1969 in Epping, England, and received her BA in Art History in 1992 from the Sorbonne in Paris. She lived and worked in Paris from 1987 to 2013, and currently lives and works in London, where she has a SPACE studio at Britannia Works in East London. Erin has exhibited extensively internationally with recent solo exhibitions at Luca Tommasi in Milan (2021), Fox/Jensen/McCrory Gallery in Auckland (2020), and Miles McEnery Gallery, NYC (2019). In 2017, a survey exhibition of her work, Onomatopoeia, took place at the Rothko Center, Latvia, and her work was showcased in Paint Now, at the Glyptotek Museum, Copenhagen, in 2016.

Out of SPACE is a new podcast series featuring artists from across SPACE’s studios. Artists are in conversation with writers, critics and art professionals, offering a closer look into what happens behind closed studio doors. Out of SPACE is hosted by artist / curator Cathy Lomax. Over the next 8 episodes we will be exploring the theme of care from multiple viewpoints, ranging from artists and parenthood, to caring about the community and about the work itself.