15.10 – 19.11 2022
15.10 – 19.11.2022
Huxley-Parlour is pleased to present Gatherer: an exhibition of work by London-based artist, Catherine Repko. Using an emphasis on reduced forms and negative space, Repko explores the intersection between documentary and painting, memory and obfuscation, to create nostalgic and painterly tableaux. The exhibition title, Gatherer, references the archaic practice of gathering as a framework through which to understand practices of care, worldbuilding, and relating to others within storytelling. It will be the artist’s first solo exhibition with Huxley-Parlour.
Catherine Repko’s exhibition is made from archival reference material, and is developed in particular from home videos of the artist and her three sisters growing up in Italy. Working from pixelated stills, Repko casts digital memories in an earthen palette, using the process of attrition to simplify, flatten, and subtract from the documented compositions. In doing so, Repko’s painting mythologises memory, translating ephemeral footage into tangible objects. Her use of reduction, her relentless commitment to line, and the choice to obscure her subject’s faces both anonymises personal, family memories, and opens up her compositions to become universal tableau. Repko describes the works as having ‘one foot based in reality’, but as ‘missing something that maybe wasn’t even there to begin with’.
The exhibition is open Monday-Saturday. On weekdays the gallery is open 10am-5.30pm and on Saturdays, 1.30pm-5.30pm.
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Catherine Repko’s current practice explores the relationship between the artist and her three sisters. Intimate and poignant, Repko’s work examines familial bonds, identity and humanity, examining both the literal and figurative space between sisters – through time and distance, childhood to adulthood.
Catherine Repko was born in the United States in 1990. She completed a foundation in Art and Design at Chelsea College of Art, London in 2010 before obtaining a BA in Illustration from the University of Brighton in 2013. She graduated with an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2021. Repko was the recipient of The Triangle Network Fellowship from The Arts Council England in 2016, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation in 2020, and more recently was The Valerie Beston Artists’ Trust prizewinner for 2021-22.
She lives and works in London.