David MacDiarmid & Kate Palmer

private view : Tuesday 27 February 6.30-8.30pm

in conversation saturday 24 march 3-5pm

To celebrate the end of this exhibition we invite you to join the artists in conversation with guest speakers

Lydia Prior and Martin o'Brien

Kate Palmer's Process


The process of my work involves the application of multiple layers of paint and other materials in order to reveal something about the relationship between mark and absence. On the surface slits made by tape, offer a glimpse of what was present before, and the complex multiplicity of marks on the surface, cause a sort of vibration.


I am interested in the relationship between internal and external realities. The recent series of works ‘Sluff’, originated from a residency in a dis-used restaurant in the Alps, this work then transposed to the setting of the art studio.


The word ‘sluff’ relates to small point release avalanches. Steep lines of descent can destabilise a weak layer lying near the surface of the snowpack causing a ‘sluff’ - a potentially hazardous cascade of loose powdery snow. This could also be understood in relation to psychoanalysis, where a ‘descent’ often causes internal psychic structures that might have felt solid to become de-stabilised, giving rise to a feeling of ‘falling.


These digested experiences become physically manifest in the works, sometimes robust, at other times appearing fragile and near to collapse.


David MacDiarmid's Process


My practice explores the intermediary zones which lie between the boundaries of subject areas. I draw from sources such as geometric theory, domestic design history and making practices to create my abstract works. I interrogate the idea of forms which can appear to be in semi or partial states of existence, never fully being part of one definition or another.


Cutting, creasing, tearing, assembling. Crafting spurs the notion that these objects may have been made for a purpose, but their forms suggest they could be some type of scientific model, or an unidentified industrial remnant.


The process of making is laid bare. Touch forms a connection, as a record of making and as memory of these everyday materials which we have experienced. The chosen materials are pushed to their limits, they are made to perform new tasks within sculpture, they crack, bend, disconnect.


Drawing my palette from the everyday; pedestrian materials, the stuff which surrounds us, I use its inherent familiarity as an invitation to engage with the work. We are invited to discover these materials in new ways, in these pseudo-scientific forms which begin to establish their individual identities, and create for themselves their own uncanny nomadic personalities.



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Kate Palmer     David MacDiarmid

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