A Conversation with the Borough Group
24 April – 4 July 2015
Private View: Thursday 23 April 2015, 6.30-8.30pm (to RSVP please click here)
An exhibition of new paintings and drawings by Borough Road Gallery’s first Artist in Residence, Susan Sluglett, shown alongside works by members of the Borough Group from A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection.
During her three-month residency at the Gallery (3 December 2014 – 28 February 2015), Sluglett was inspired both by the paintings, drawings and prints in A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection and by the stories of the many visitors that came to her studio. The resulting works capture and draw out just some of the anecdotes and narratives – real and imaginary – collected along the way. The title of the exhibition reflects this layered experience. Flowers Rhythm is one of the most important works by David Bomberg in A David Bomberg Legacy – The Sarah Rose Collection, and Hands is a painting by Dorothy Mead created the year before she died. When talking to Mead’s sister, Sluglett discovered that the artist would ask for white paint for Christmas because it was so expensive. This led to Sluglett’s series of white gloves For Dorothy: they form a group but each has a different rhythm and character.
Susan Sluglett graduated as a mature student from Wimbledon College of Art in 2008 with a BA in Fine Art: Painting (First Class Hons). She was recognised in 2013 by being awarded the Jerwood Painting Fellowship, with a related exhibition at Jerwood Visual Arts (2013) that toured to BayArt in Cardiff, the Aberystwyth Arts Centre, and the NUA Gallery in Norwich (2014). Other recent group shows have included Anthology 2014 at Charlie Smith London Gallery, A Union of Voices, curated by Tim Ellis and Tom Kitchin at Horatio Jr (2014), From David Bomberg to Paula Rego at Southampton City Art Gallery (2014), Little Patch of Yellow Wall, at Lion and Lamb Gallery (2014), and Disturbance, curated by Wendy Saunders and Paula MacArthur at Atom Gallery (2015). Her summer 2015 solo show at Blyth Gallery, Five Floors Up: Loose Pieces Drop Off (3 June – 10 July, preview 2 June), is a continuation of themes and ideas that have come out of her experiences as Artist in Residence at Borough Road Gallery. Sluglett is the winner of the New Greenham Open Exhibition 2014 and will have a solo show at New Greenham Arts in 2016.
Image: ‘For Dorothy III’, Susan Sluglett, 2015, work created as part of the Borough Road Gallery Artist Residency 2014/15 © Susan Sluglett 2015