1 October 2008
THE FOUNDRY, 86 Great Eastern Street, EC2
Old Street tube (exit 3)
2nd to 12th October, Thurs - Sun 6pm to 10pm
(paper plate workshops 4th and 5th Oct. 6-8pm)
Info: 07974 716 058
IO1 BURNT PAPER PLATES is Steve Rushton's fifth show of work in the last three years.
Steve has always been fascinated by food and the traces it leaves since some Pauline conversion while walking through Brixton market on the way to an exhibition. He saw some food-stained newspapers amongst the debris of the day's market and wanted to translate this into art when he realised it was more interesting than the artwork in the show.
A few drinks and cigarettes later and he had his eureka moment, so rushed out to buy paper plates that would become his canvasses as he poured wine and food on them, staining the pristine whiteness and transforming them into something other than everyday material.
IO1 Burnt Paper Plates focuses on pre-digestive remains, stains of food on paper plates burned and in other ways manipulated to make them more beautiful. The plates are presented in this exhibition for their beauty and for the transformative act they represent; they celebrate what we leave behind; like the celebrations of art and religion they are evidence of our history, albeit in scatological miniature.
Steve Rushton studied art at Kingston Polytechnic in the early 1980s. He then worked as an artist and exhibited regularly until 1993, stopped, studied and taught art history for 10 years with the Workers' Educational Association, then started again.
A pamphlet of poems accompanies the exhibition
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