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Corinna Spencer

Paint A Vulgar Picture

Studio One Gallery
Sluice_ Biennial 2017
30 September–3 October
Hackney Central

vulgar (adjective)

1. lacking sophistication or good taste. Gross, ostentatious, flamboyant, flashy, gaudy, kitsch, brash, loud, harsh.
2. making explicit and offensive reference to sex or bodily functions; coarse and rude. Indecent, offensive, distasteful, risqué, suggestive, bawdy, obscene, lewd, salacious, sordid, smutty, filthy, pornographic, scatological.
3. (dated) characteristic of or belonging to ordinary people. Origin: late Middle English: from Latin vulgaris, from vulgus ‘common people’ … ‘in ordinary use, used by the people’.
(Oxford English Dictionary)

Studio One Gallery presents Paint a Vulgar Picture: a visual celebration of the rude, the crude, the sordid and smutty. A cornucopia of the inglorious and humble, the common or garden, everyday and everybody. Curated by Charlie and Tori Day, painters and managers of Studio One Gallery, an artist-run space located in Collective Studios, an ACAVA studio complex in South West London.

Of course, you don’t have to paint to ‘paint a picture’, even a vulgar one. Our selection of artists includes Dominic from Luton, who can paint a thousand words with an image of his dad’s pants drying on a radiator, or with a performance as Margaret Thatcher in a wheelchair! A newly published monograph on Dominic’s practice will be available.
Some of our painters have made their reputations with paintings that include the very rude, or just ever so slightly crude. Corinna Spencer cemented her reputation with her installation Portrait of a Lady at Nottingham Castle (2015–2016), in fact it was 1000 portraits of a lady!

Ian Healy is an Irish artist whose work we have been following for a while now – he has recently been selected for the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize at the Mall Galleries, Pop at the Herrick Gallery, and Painting [Now] at Studio One.

Gus Watcham is a writer, performer, poet and painter. Her paintings offer a fresh look at the overlooked, a falling dishcloth, a disembodied kilt, all dashed off in a great ‘Bad’ Painting style.