Katie Cuddon at FASS Art Gallery- l’étrangère






Katie Cuddon

Set Abreast

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 /

Joseph Constable /

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).