1 - 12 October 2015
FASS Art Gallery, Sabancı University, Istanbul
44a Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3PD
l’étrangère is delighted to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Katie Cuddon at
Sabancı University, Istanbul. The title of Cuddon’s installation, Set Abreast, is indicative of
a new direction within the artist’s practice, known for her collages, drawings and
idiosyncratic ceramic sculptures. In what began as an attempt to reconcile these two
elements, which cross the boundaries between two and threedimensionality,
Cuddon has shifted away from the sculptural presence of her ceramic
forms to the resonant, fragmented off-cuts that remain post-production. These ostensible
waste products are given new life as a collection of flexible materials, which are the
foundations of the installation at FASS Art Gallery.
A series of A3 photocopies are grouped together within the space: printed
reproductions of assembled collections of ceramic fragments and small, nearly identical
pieces that Cuddon has squeezed into the frame of the photocopier before replicating
them in two-dimensional form. Rather than creating a wallpapered environment, the
ephemeral quality of Cuddon’s display is interrupted by fragments of what appear to
be broken letters; a string of awkward ruptures within this repeated patterning.
Set Abreast continues Cuddon’s interest in linguistic structures, forms and broken
meanings. Whereas her sculptures demonstrate an attempt to capture and contain a
particular sensation through the mark-making and surface tension that is embedded
within the use of clay, the reproduced nature of these printed images creates an imprint;
a proposition for an alternative action.
Just as language is a force that shapes and constricts qualitative sensations, Cuddon
disrupts this prescribed stability by displaying the matter that gets left behind. By
unlocking a potentially infinite field of reproduction, Cuddon simultaneously imbues these
remnants with a permanence and ephemerality that is comparable to the arbitrary
rhythms through which words, statements and meanings are formed.
Set Abreast is organised by FASS Art Gallery, Sabancı University, Faculty of Arts and
Social Sciences, Orhanlı – Tuzla, 34956, İstanbul
1-12 October, 2015
Open Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm
A free publication will be available at the exhibition featuring a conversation between
Katie Cuddon and Programme Curator at l’étrangère, Joseph Constable
l’étrangère will be presenting works by Katie Cuddon at the 2015 editions of Manchester
Contemporary (24-27 September) and Contemporary Istanbul (12-15 November).
Joanna Mackiewicz-Gemes / firstname.lastname@example.org
Joseph Constable / email@example.com
Notes to editors:
Katie Cuddon (b.1979 London) lives and works in London and Newcastle. She studied at
Glasgow School of Art before graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2006. She was
the winner of the Deutsche Bank Pyramid Award in 2002 and the Jerwood Drawing Prize
in 2005. From 2008-2009 she was the Sainsbury Scholar in Sculpture and Drawing at the
British School at Rome and in 2011 she was the Inaugural Ceramics Fellow at Camden
Arts Centre. Cuddon is currently Lecturer in Fine Art at Newcastle University, prior to
which she was Lipman Artist in Residence (2007-2008).
Solo exhibitions include Pontoon Lip, Cell Project Space, London (in collaboration with
Celia Hempton) (2014); Waiting for the Cue, Simon Oldfield Gallery, London (2011);
Spanish Lobe, Camden Arts Centre, London (2011). Group exhibitions include Studio
Voltaire Members Show, Studio Voltaire, London selected by Jenni Lomax and Mike
Nelson (2012) and Stone of Folly, Downstairs Gallery, Hereford (2012).