Artists John Stezaker and Georgie Hopton are joined by ICA Deputy Director Katharine Stout to consider key questions in contemporary collage.
Georgie Hopton works with and through the domestic environment as a critical practice in her use of otherwise utilised materials, from vegetables to wallpaper. Here, speakers discuss questions of femininity and domesticity in addition to the significance of horticulture in relationship to Hopton’s work and the history of collage.
This event launches Georgie Hopton Works a new survey of the artist’s work since 2005.
Georgie Hopton was born in 1967, graduating from Central St Martins in 1989. She lives and works in London and upstate New York. Working in two and three dimensions, her practice has incorporated most every discipline over the years, but currently she devotes most of her time to collage, printmaking and textile works. Nature continues to be a primary source of inspiration and within her series of (unique) Veg Prints, it becomes both the tools and the materials. Most recently her interest in merging art with life and the Arts and Crafts movement has resulted in the beginnings of a wallpaper, fabric and rug collection.
Solo shows include Poppy Sebire, Milton Keynes Gallery and Cabinet, (UK). Brancolini Grimaldi (Rome). Group shows include The Foundling Museum, The Lowry, Spike Island, Kate MacGarry, The New Art Centre (UK). Spruth Magers, (Germany), Flag Art Foundation (NY). Galeria Lema, Sao Paolo. She was shortlisted for the MaxMara Art Prize in 2007 and has public artworks at both the Royal London Hospital and The Home Office.
John Stezaker (b. 1949, Worcester) lives and works in London. The artist studied at the Slade School of Art. He has been influential to a number of developments in art over the last three decades, from Conceptual art to Appropriation art, through to the re-emergence of collage. Using found photographs and printed material, Stezaker’s collages involve various interventions such as excisions, maskings, cuts, rotations and visual concordances. Juxtaposing disparate sources, his work creates compelling new images. Stezaker won the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize in 2012.
Katharine Stout is Deputy Director of ICA, London and was previously Head of Programme, when she curated the following exhibitions; Richard Hamilton, Tauba Auerbach, Hito Steyerl, Prem Sahib, Betty Woodman and Sonia Boyce. Previous to the ICA, Stout was Curator of Contemporary Art at Tate Britain (1999 to 2013), curating exhibitions with artists such as Liam Gillick and Patrick Keiller, as well as the Art Now series, Turner Prize exhibitions and Collections displays. Prior to this, she was the Contemporary Art Consultant at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, where she inaugurated the contemporary art programme. She serves on the Board of Artist’s Studio Provider, Tannery Arts and has written numerous texts on contemporary art and artists. Her book Contemporary Drawing: 1960s to Now was published by Tate in 2014. Stout studied at The Courtauld Institute of Art and the Royal College of Art, London. In 2001, she co-founded the Drawing Room with Mary Doyle and Kate MacFarlane.