Irene Godfrey

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Three artists occupy Cavespace with three consecutive but overlapping exhibitions. They explore the ways in which their individual practices interweave and diverge. Collaboration through drawing, painting, writing, conversing and looking together reveals common influences and philosophical ideas. Themes of landscape, landmarks, edgelands, somewhere, nowhere, anywhere emerge and expand. They have agreed one curatorial rule: each part shall include one piece from the other two. The resulting exhibition allows each artist to examine her own practice in the light of that of the other two. Maggie Learmonth, Irene Godfrey and Jenni Hodgson look forward with interest to the outcome.

Part 2: Irene Godfrey

I looked out of the window in the northwest room of the Casa
Perez. In the uper left corner there were two dark spots. One
was a buzzard and the other was an ant on the window screen.

6 September 1986
Donald Judd

At present the paintings of Francois Boucher and Prunella Clough are informing my practice. I want to investigate these arguably paradoxical influences in the light of my own work and the pieces of Maggie Learmonth's and Jenni Hodgson's work that I hang in my exhibition. I also wish to take up the challenge to link these investigations to the venue, Cavespace.

From Boucher and the Rococo I take the theatrical, the expansive, movement and full use of space. From Clough I take her asymetric composition and framing of complex and intersecting planes and elements. I have included work which plays with ambiguity of scale, taking the macro from Rococo's grand gesture and the micro from Clough's overlooked detail. This raises questions about how we interpret various points of view, the broader universe, and our place in it.

I have chosen to show Jenni Hodgson's 'Smiler' which shares some of the language and form of Clough's work yet tends towards Boucher's higher-toned palette.

Maggie Learmonth's 'Mr and Mrs Andrews are not here' references Gainsborough's 'Mr and Mrs Andrews'. It extends a theme of artist Vicky Wright for whom traditional 18th C portraiture overlies 'the extraction of wealth at the price of human misery'. 'Mr and Mrs Andrews are not here' opens up a dialogue about land ownership and mineral wealth today.
Cave sits on Tachbrook St which follows the old course of the Tyburn River (now culverted). The Tyburn's source at Shepherd's Well, Hampstead embodies Boucher's pastoral idyll. Cave is part of Lillington Gardens, a post war housing estate. The human scale and variety of the estate's minimalist architecture echo the intimacy and asymmetric composition of Clough's work.

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