CATHY STOCKER: Sitting still for Cathy
04 September – 28 September 2014
Lauderdale House is pleased to present a new exhibition of work by Cathy Stocker. This will be her 2nd solo show at Lauderdale House and first exhibition of portraits.
Stocker’s current concern is with the creation of portraiture, inspired by David Hockney’s large-format drawings of Family, Friends and Best Friends, at Salts Mill in 1994, her solo exhibition is a series of drawings from life, in a single sitting of friends and family.
Stocker remarks, “In this series I am interested in trying to see how much I feel and understand the person. How well I know them. Intensifying reality and truly representing the life that ‘I’ see.”
Aspiring to capture the senses of the viewer whilst intensifying the reality of the subject, Stocker works directly from life instead of copying from reproduced work; this method is essential in her working practice.
Watch a timelapse video of Cathy creating her latest portrait for the exhibition
The sparse use of line and deliberate position of the sitter echo the work of an Old Master, Hans Holbein the Younger. Even though the gap spans some five hundred years, viewers of Stocker’s work have commented upon a connection between old master and contemporary artist. This is something Stocker has since taken time to acknowledge by recently studying the original Holbein Drawings first hand at the Royal Print Room, Windsor Castle.
“I was unaware about the relevance of Hans Holbein the Younger’s portrait drawings (as artist to the Royal court of King Henry VIII), whilst making the majority of my work. As associations/references kept being mentioned by different people, it started to become something I couldn’t ignore. I thought it only right to study the Holbein drawings first hand, to have an appropriate response to such declarations”.
The work will be hung in a particular order, but will break with the habitual form of labelling, with the information that is customary to accompany works dispensed of (i.e. the name of the subject/sitter). Instead, each work is accompanied by a date and a road name. The intention of presenting the work without the subject’s name is to allow the viewer to investigate the relationship between sitter and artist.
The two oil paintings in the exhibition (Ref ‘Untitled’) are a natural progression from the drawings, but not intended to be ‘copies’. By working directly from the drawings, Stocker’s aim was to discover something new about these characters. The features seem to be youthful, which was unintentional.
"When you meet a person for the first time, sometimes we store that primary image of their face in our minds. Is it possible then that the initial encounter and snapshot of their face and how that describes their persona is the portrait that stays with you over the years? A single essence, extracted in a moment and preserved over time."
Exhibition Dates: 04 September – 28 September 2014.
Private View: 04 September 7:30-9:00pm (all welcome).
Venue: Upper Gallery and Long Gallery, Lauderdale House, Waterlow Park, Highgate Hill, London N6 5HG
Telephone: 020 8348 8716
Admission: Free, by appointment.
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