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Serenoshard

Convenience Gallery Stand: 242

Serenoshard

32 x 22 x 5cm

Acrylic and Automotive paint on MDF and Aluminium

STATEMENT

Across the 15 years of Topia and Gould’s experiment with collaboration, they’ve sustained a cross disciplinary practice centred around painted sculpture and drawing. Humour and personal narratives are important elements which they use to engage in dialogues about how our intimate connections with people and culture both shape and distort our perceptions of reality. Their work examines the tensions that arise from existing in a state of simultaneous embodiment (physical presence) and disembodiment (digital or virtual existence). 

 

Current work takes the form of painted additive reliefs and sculptures, initiated with imaginative drawings and crafted from MDF, aluminum, and polymer clay. Covered in various painted styles they draw inspiration from digital collages that combine diverse sources, including natural textures and sci-fi imagery. The component-based approach gives them a slightly manufactured quality, reminiscent of vinyl graphics, medical models, and toys, balanced with a friendly, animated character. 

 

Topia and Gould meticulously handcraft, assemble, and paint their works, fostering a localised and intimate collaboration. Through this hands-on approach, they merge conscious and unconscious creative processes, allowing the interplay of shared agency and the arbitrary, often stemming from spontaneous or unconscious sources. It's within this blend, mirroring the arbitrary nature of our world, that new meanings emerge. 

 

BIO 

Artist couple Roxy Topia and Paddy Gould have been working together since 2008 and are based in Merseyside, UK. Periodically they collaborate with others, often on independent publications through their press Pink Sands Studio, founded in 2018. 

Roxy Topia (b. 1982), Paddy Gould (b. 1980) 

 

EDUCATION

Roxy Topia, BA (Hons) Fine Art at UCCA, Canterbury 2003-2006  

Paddy Gould, BA (Hons) Fine Art at Kingston, London 2002-2005 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

2022    Discombobuloscopy, Convenience Gallery, Birkenhead, UK 

2021    Pause for Living. Spring / Summer, CBS Gallery, Liverpool, UK 

2021    Pause For Living. Autumn / Winter, Pink Sands Studio, Birkenhead, UK 

2018    Refried Beans, Studio 2, Todmorden, UK 

2016    Great Pretenders, Studio 1.1, London, UK 

2016    Got Worms? A Small View, Liverpool, UK 

2015    The Recovery Positions, Roswell Museum and Art Centre, Roswell USA     

2014    Massages from the Second Brain, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles USA 

2013    Where the Magic Happens, Hackney Picturehouse, London, UK 

2012    Hubba Hubba, Studio 1.1, London, UK 

2012    Drip into Something More Comfortable, George and Jorgen Gallery, London, UK 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

2023    This Year’s Model, Studio 1.1, London 

2023    Figurine, MV50, Liverpool 

2022    This Year's Model, Studio 1.1, London 

2020    MK Calling, Milton Keynes Gallery, Milton Keynes 

2019    Nice to Meet You, George and Jorgen Gallery, Oxford 

2019    Multipack, Bunker Gallery, Manchester 

2018    Watching Limbo, Caraboo Projects, Bristol 

2018    Dirty Un/Realism, Studio 1.1, London 

2017    RAIR 50th Anniversary, RMAC, Roswell USA 

2016    I Cyborg, Gazelli Art House, London 

2016    Into the Valley, Studio 2, Todmorden 

2016    Neo:Print Prize, Neo Gallery, Bolton 

2016    Christmas Show, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast 

2015    Lumen Film Festival, Staten Island USA 

2015    Sex Shop, Transition Gallery, London 

2014    An Absolutely Distinct Still-Life, Fenderesky Gallery, Belfast 

2014    All the Fun of the Fair, A-side B-side Gallery, London 

2014     Sex Shop, Folkestone Triennial, Folkestone 

2014     Hello LA, (Project LALO), Studio 1.1 Gallery, London 

2014     Art Convertors, Studio 1.1, London 

2013    This Year’s Model, Studio 1.1, London 

2012    Prophetic Diagrams, George and Jorgen Gallery, London 

2012     Somewhere in the Horopter, Mediodia Chica, Madrid 

2012     Filmideo, Index Art Centre, Newark USA 

2012     My Five New Friends by Oliver Braid, The Royal Standard, Liverpool 

2011    Sluice Art Fair, London 

2011    Emerging London, Identity Gallery, Hong Kong 

2010    New Contemporary Art Part One, George and Jorgen Gallery, London 

2010    Liverpool Reflections, Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz 

2009    Portrayal and Perpetration, Wolstenholme Projects, Liverpool 

2008    More than This, Oriel Daffyd Hardy, Caernarvon     

 

RESIDENCIES AND ACTIVITIES 

2023    Jury member, Roswell Artist in Residence Program Selection. (Roxy) 

2023    Gordon Ricketts Research Fund, UK (Paddy) 

2015 - 2016    Roswell Artist in Residence Program, Roswell, USA 

2015    Jury members, Annual UFO Costume Contest, Roswell USA 

2014    Troy Town Art Pottery, Open School East, London, UK 

2010    Urban Interventions, Atelierhaus Salzamt, Linz, Austria 

 

  

COLLECTIONS 

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, USA 

Numerous private collections in the UK and globally.

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Roxy Topia & Paddy Gould
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