Clunie Reid

Cocaine, 2012

£85

Risograph on paper
Edition of 80
42 x 29.7cm
Signed and numbered by the artist
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About the artist

Clunie Reid employs a degraded, deskilled approach to analyse and comment upon commodity status and industrial standardisation across her practice. Found and staged images are subject to intense re-workings through an arbitrary combination of digital manipulation, collage and a diversity of printing processes; the visual information built and layered to achieve highly structured chaos.

Reid examines representations and relationships between the internal and external, image and text, perception and understanding, looking particularly at advertising imagery. A contemporary idea of beauty is challenged and dismantled by the artist’s use of cheap materials and direct interventions on the surface of works with black markers, acts of apparent sabotage that demystify the highly-constructed visuals of the mass media. For their presentation, images are printed directly on aluminium without being laminated, gaffer-taped to the wall and arranged to make a non-hierarchical, non-linear arrangement which can be scanned and negotiated in no particular order.

Clunie Reid (b. 1971, Pembury, UK; lives and works in London). Recent exhibitions include MOT INTERNATIONAL, Brussels (2015), Contemporary Art Society (2014), Studio Voltaire, London (2010) and Tate Britain (with James Richards), London (2011).

Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.

We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.

The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.