Leo Fitzmaurice and Kim Rugg at Castlefield Gallery

Leo Fitzmaurice. You Don't Say (2010)
Leo Fitzmaurice. You Don't Say (2010)

I should have mentioned this ages ago when we went to see it – an excellent exhibition which ends on Saturday 3 April, see it if you can.

It’s the first time I have seen several of Leo’s works together in one place. It’s really effective and Leo and Kim’s work complement each other perfectly.

‘You Don’t Say’ is created by Fitzmaurice meticulously laying out event flyers on ther floor of the gallery – sounds simple but I’m wondering how he works it out – where to start and finish, how do the patterns overlap so neatly?

Even more perplexing are Kim Rugg’s reconstructed comics and cereal boxes, she cuts them up and re-assembles them so that they look like 3D images – they’re amazing. I also like her melted wallpaper and shredded stamps!

Two-person show: Leo Fitzmaurice and Kim Rugg

Saturday, February 20, 2010 to Saturday, April 03, 2010 (13:00 – 18:00)

Castlefield Gallery is pleased to present a two-person exhibition with Leo Fitzmaurice and Kim Rugg consisting of both new and existing work. Through the dissecting and re-arranging of mass produced information based material, such as newspapers, brochures, comics and packaging, the artists fragment our visual and cognitive understanding of images and text, and force us to reconsider the familiar from a completely new perspective.

Manipulating or reducing the objects to their material substance, the artists obliterate their discernable function, undermining or ‘sabotaging’ the original message. Through the use of mundane materials, their work can be seen to reconcile both the dexterity of labour intensive craft with that of cultural, social and political undertones imbuing a sense of playful dissent.

Kim Rugg. Feel Free To Join Us
Kim Rugg. Feel Free To Join Us 2008
Leo Fitzmaurice. Fader 1999
Leo Fitzmaurice. Fader 1999
Kim Rugg. Melt 2009
Kim Rugg. Melt 2009
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