- Pasquino, an exhibition by Catherine Story in London
It’s also where Cooke Latham Gallery opened its doors to the public in December 2018. The space aims to support emerging and mid-career artists with a focus on those creating new forms of artistic language. With its slower-paced exhibitions and its intimate setting, the gallery is dedicated to the experience of contemporary art. This makes it a perfect place for visitors to take some time out from the frenetic pace of the London Design Festival.
The exhibition called PASQUINO by London-based artist Catherine Story explores the intersections between two and three dimensionality and the space between sculpture and painting. Informed by one another, her sculptural and painted works are theatrically rendered and influenced by the complex approaches of Cubism, film and Art Deco architecture, especially pioneers of the 20th century such as Picasso, Chaplin and Joseph von Sternberg.
As the artist explains, Pasquino is the most famous of Rome’s ‘talking statues’. It stands on the southwest corner of Palazzo Braschi, next to Piazza Navona. It was unearthed in the early 1500s during road construction works and became famous between the 16th and 19th century as the first of the ‘talking statues’ because of the tradition of attaching anonymous criticisms to its base. At the time, the talking statues provided an outlet for a form of anonymous political expression in Rome. Criticisms in the form of poems or witticisms were posted on well-known statues in Rome, as an early instance of the bulletin board. Pasquino was the original and quintessential ‘talking statue’, so much so that the people’s dissatisfaction came to be called Pasquinate.
In her paintings, sculptures and other artworks exhibited at the Cooke Latham Gallery, Catherine Story is looking for the kind of artistic fulcrum that can stimulate reflection, “a place to pin our own protestations of love, and disquiet”. Shapes and colours are reminiscent of Cubism, metaphysics, pleasantly contrasting with the hustle and bustle of these days, giving the visitor a moment of introspection and calm.
from 6 September to 1 November 2019
Cooke Latham Gallery, London UK - http://www.catherinestory.com/
Images of exhibition: courtesy of the artist