Chloë Reid's 'documents' opens at Gallery AOP | from left to right: Swamp, Through Routes, Documents I

Opening today at Braamfontein’s GALLERY AOP is Chloё Reid’s second solo exhibition entitled ‘documents’ in which she explores the visual construct of the map and the artistic practice of map-making. DECO was enthralled by her beautiful works.

Chloë Reid works primarily with paper in the media of etching, drawing, lithography and collage. She graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art in 2011 and is about to pursue a Masters in Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art in September this year. DECO has our eye on this artist, and looks forward to seeing future work from Glasgow.

In the meantime, fortunately for art fans closer to home in South Africa, Gallery AOP in Braamfontein is hosting Chloё’s intricate works throughout August. Gallery AOP summarises her documents works:

Reid rips, shreds, slices, splices, carves and dissects maps; folding, pleating, tracing, and crumpling them to phenomenal new entities, denoting far richer and much more complex terrains of mental, physical and socio-cultural spaces.

documents I
documents I – lithographs printed in collaboration with Artist Proof Studio

What might happen if we were left with the language of maps, but knew nothing about the geographical, social and political worlds they describe?

documents II
documents II – lithographs printed in collaboration with Artist Proof Studio

THE ARTIST’S STATEMENT

The attempt to deconstruct any subject is contestable, let alone one as broad and complex as map-making. Hence the ‘imaginary leap’ that opens the way for the paring down of the overt and established meanings of the language, leaving only its structural grammar – the shape, mark and colour. In this way, the artist tentatively charts a way back to a fictional pre-language period or perhaps forward, to a fictional post-language period.

documents is a series of works that decontextualises the highly developed language of maps, setting the stage for an imaginary leap towards a form of ‘original position’ from which to reinterpret this language.

Maps stand as the medium in this endeavour, as the evidence of the absurdity inherent in our attempts to understand the relationship between the outside world and the self.  The ‘documents’ of the exhibition are rendered, on practical terms, useless through processes of stripping down, layering and removing. What remains is a hypothesis for what might happen if we were left with the language of maps but knew nothing about the geographical, social and political worlds they describe.

documents provides a response to the bombardment of information and the structural directives that have become the contemporary quotidian.

documents V, etching on paper, 390 x 470mm
documents V, etching on paper, 390 x 470mm
documents VI, etching on paper, 390 x 470mm
documents VI, etching on paper, 390 x 470mm

documents provides a response to the bombardment of information and the structural directives that have become the contemporary quotidian.

documents VI, etching on paper
documents VI, etching on paper
documents VIII, etching on paper, 390 x 470mm
documents VIII, etching on paper, 390 x 470mm

EXHIBITION DETAILS:

Opening Saturday 8 August at 14:00 | Exhibition runs 8 – 29 August 2015

GALLERY AOP
44 Stanley Avenue, Braamfontein Werf (Milpark), Johannesburg
+27 11 726 2234 | info@galleryaop.com | galleryaop.com


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