Artist: Susan Collis
Venue: Seventeen, London
Exhibition Title: All this falling
Date: April 27 – June 30, 2018
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Images courtesy of Seventeen, London
Susan Collis’ latest exhibition for Seventeen is titled All this falling, and is divided into two parts.
The first room contains a series of drawings titled The centre cannot hold. These are made of blue inks on white paper that has been cut into intricate forms and attached directly to the gallery walls. Each piece describes the shape of a frayed, threadbare scrap of tarpaulin, hanging from a thick metal staple. No more than rags, the tarp seems dirty and weathered, as if a large sheet suspended across the room has eroded long ago. One twisted fragment has fallen to the floor.
The second body of work is a series of dense pencil drawings. Produced inside derelict buildings, soft pencil has been pressed hard over forgotten domestic surfaces. The wall rubbings have a slippery, undulating surface that bears the imprint of old woodchip wallpaper, brickwork and cracked tiles. Geometric shapes are traced out in white untouched lines, alluding to the structure of the now demolished rooms. The largest of the works, Remainder, hangs from floor to ceiling in two long strips of parallel paper. In titling the works, Collis perhaps alludes to a feeling of exposure or inadequate shelter, the drawings a record of a structures and surfaces that felt permanent but have now fallen.