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Image: Gravity and parity and and and (detail), 2018, Nadia Hebson. Courtesy the artist

How is it that twentieth century avant-garde practice appears to have been dominated by men, even though women’s work was some of the most radical?

Exploding Collage is a season of exhibitions at the Hatton Gallery seeking to showcase pioneering avant-garde female artists whose work has historically been overlooked or actively undermined due to their gender by operating through contemporary artists’ work which carries within it the influence, relevance and legacy of such artists.

The season, running at the gallery until January, draws inspiration from the Hatton’s Merz Barn Wall, a fragment of an unfinished artwork created by German artist Kurt Schwitters in a Lake District barn. Its history of erasure and rebuilding informs the curatorial approach of Exploding Collage.

Ranging from installation, sculpture, paintings and moving image work, Exploding Collage is comprised of presentations by three contemporary artists – Nadia Hebson, Linder and Ursula Mayer whose work examines, celebrates or reinstates such pioneering avant-garde figures as Eileen Agar, Marion Adnams, Ithell Colquhoun, Josephine Baker and Dora Maar.

Each presentation is a response to the paintings and legacies of less considered women artists – from Hebson’s exploration of the idea of clothing and apparel as instinctive forms of collage to Mayer’s film Lunch in Fur, taking its name from the iconic fur-lined teacup made by Surrealist artist Meret Oppenheim and Linder’s interdisciplinary, experimental and deeply collaborative body of work, informed by research into Modernist sculptor Barbara Hepworth.

Accompanying the exhibition, The Loud and Soft Speakers by artist Heather Ross will examine creation and destruction in an immersive two channel video; while collaborators Julia Heslop and Ed Wainwright present Gathering, an architectural intervention designed to host other artist’s work throughout the exhibition.


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