This Instead of That

A show about artistic exchange – what happens to both representation and reality when artists get together to re-evaluate their ideas and influences through dialogue with one another.

at Arthouse1

Looking at the processes of artistic exchange in the practice of ten artists:

Hermione Allsopp / Meg Lipke

Alexandra Baraitser / Trevor Burgess

Nelson Diplexcito / George Wills

Catherine Ferguson / Tim Renshaw

Olha Pryymak / Julie Fountain

For the exhibition each artist sought out another artist whose work they have a dialogue with and with whom they wanted to collaborate. The artists were then invited to select from each other's existing portfolio and to develop new work in response to each other's concerns – an exchange that has resulted in new works for the exhibition.

The mutual sharing of ideas about a portfolio of work that is not your own is deeply rooted in fine art practice. This quid pro quo movement of critical exchange has been around for centuries. For example, Matisse immersed himself in the work of others, quoting imagery from his friends and contemporaries, even going into debt to buy work from those painters he admired, thereby sustaining an ongoing dialogue with their work. Discussion about the work of colleagues and contemporaries remains a central strand in fine art training, and is often sustained beyond the confines of art school through informal networks, collaborations, social art practices, shared studios, and other innovative modes of exchange.

It is easy, in a world so dominated by the visual, to customise new ideas to fit what we already know. However, like Matisse, the contemporary artist will work with an idea in a way that has the transformative effect of changing its core meaning. The artists here have shown how embracing ideas from other artists about their work can open up a new direction, transforming artistic development and allowing for extended collective discussion and understanding.


Opening Times
7 – 30 March 2019
Thursday to Sunday, 3-7pm

45 Grange Road