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Whiffleplex

Convenience Gallery Stand: 242

Whiffleplex

28 x 24 x 5cm

Acrylic and automotive paint on hand cut aluminium and MDF.

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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