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  • Art. Exhibition. Don't Be Far From Me. London

    8 Mar - 8 Apr

    Don't Be Far From Me


    6 Cecil Court


    United Kingdom

    Tuesday - Saturday, 11-6pm

    Private View: 7 March, 6-9pm

    Don’t be far from me is a month-long residency and exhibition of new work by Glasgow-based artist Sue Tompkins and NYC-based artist and designer Matthew Damhave, curated by Caroline Stevenson with Tenderbooks. The project uses the context of a bookshop to bring these artists’ works into dialogue for the first time.

    Sue Tompkins’ work is closely absorbed with language. She sifts through fragments of speech and song lyrics illuminating small moments to become intimate and beautifully composed works on paper. Sue works meticulously, perhaps like an editor; accumulating, repeating and reworking text, paying careful attention to layering and arrangement. Her works are often animated and extended into movement by performance, where this relationship to language is danced, sung, celebrated.

    Matthew Damhave’s paintings, zines and textile works incorporate text drawn from pop culture, music and film. He works through processes of bricolage; repairing and piecing together garments from found materials, and hand-making collages and zines. Employing a pointillist approach, his paintings are precise renderings of found imagery and text. Similarly to Sue, he repeats and reworks text in order to point out the entropic nature of everyday life in a world saturated with information.

    The exhibition will present new works produced with the site of the bookshop in mind; incorporating textiles, film, painting and large-scale works on paper. The space will also host a series of live events. On the opening night Sue Tompkins will perform a new work outside the bookshop in Cecil Court. There will also be a DJ set from Paul Lawrence. A limited edition artist’s book will be produced to document the project and Matthew Damhave will be in residence creating zines and multiples.

    Don’t be far from me animates the processes of these two artists and seeks to be a site in itself, a studio space in which to work and a centre for live events. It celebrates the connections these artists make between objects, people and place, and as the title suggests, keeps them close.


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    jenny brown



    Art, collage, Seth Clark

    Seth Clark



    Art, collage, Magda Dudziak

    Magda Dudziak



    Art, sculpture, Christina  A West

    Christina A West



    Art, photography, Varvara Shinkarenko

    Varvara Shinkarenko



    Art, painting, Jaime Foster

    Jaime Foster



    Art, painting, Hedley Roberts

    Hedley Roberts



    Art, photography, Yoav Friedlander

    Yoav Friedlander