RAGE AND MODEL CARS
Sartorial Contemporary Art is pleased to announce
an exhibition of recent paintings by
Marcus (vroom) Cope and Stephanie (grrrrr) Moran.
Thursday 6th November 2008 6:30 to 9pm
Exhibition continues: Friday 7th to Sunday 30th November
This final exhibition at Sartorial’s Notting
Hill space also acts as a form of closure for the two artists,
a metaphoric burning of the debris left in your room by an ex-lover.
They recently spent a year with an old flame; there were long
lethargic sun-drenched days, drunken nights with cheap Spanish
wine and dodgy ouzo, nostalgic trips to archaeological sites.
But the fact is those candlelit dinners don’t come for free.
So they dumped Cyprus (again) to get back with the fast and loose
big smoke of London.
Cope and Moran
share a studio, for the past year they have been living the same
life - going to the same beaches, seeing the same banana trees,
driving the same scooter, looking at each other’s paintings
every day. Their practices are very different, but there is an
inevitable leakage between them, a dialogue of colour and imagery,
arguments of style. A rabbit-masked figure answered by a cat-headed
goddess, a reference to Josephine Baker replied with a grass-skirted
carnival dancer, slapstick comedy retorting dark humour. Or is
paintings Americana-tinged objects and phrases become less like
separate things, they get tangled up in the paintings marks and
multilayered surfaces. In Stephanie’s work there is often
an underwater-ness, in the way hair floats out around her figures;
the drippiness of backgrounds which sparkle, but you can only
see that when you get up close, like Warhol’s diamond dust
in an automatic way, splashing and scribbling the paint, building
up complex images with a cartoonish sensibilty, with mutant characters
developing themselves and displaying an underlying subtle humour.
Moran is more of a collagist, with these paintings depicting photo
shoots for two girl bands that exist only in her head: Riot Grrrl
band Sisters of SCUM and gothic experimental group Tallullah &
the Vampire Bees.
A review of
their work in the Cyprus Mail Sunday supplement in February this
year was titled ‘Female Rage and Model Cars’.
Cope and Moran
usually collaborate on curating projects, including The Circus
Show at Three Colts Gallery and Disturbing Eye at Pink Stallion,
London; they are currently organising the second Marmite Prize
for Painting at studio 1.1. This is the first duo show of their
paintings in England.