The Pie Factory Gallery, 5 Broad St, Margate, Friday 27th Aug - Monday 31st Aug, 11:00am - 6:00pm

Sally Gorham


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Sally Gorham’s practice is concerned with the tension between individual freedom and systems of control in democratic societies. Her work takes on a structured orderly appearance, and the hard-edged, concrete nature of it borrows from the visual vocabulary of constructivism and geometric abstraction. Her playfull attention-grabbing use of colour and/or scale give the work immediate impact, transforming the space the work occupies. The use of repetition and series, combined with a limited palate of bold, saturated, unadulterated colours references the history of abstract painting and, to the contemporary eye, the colours of corporate branding.

The multi-part construction of many of Gorham’s works/installations offer the potential for reconfiguration of the pieces reinforcing a sense of playfulness in her work. But a more critical intention is hidden behind this playfulness. The destruction and reconstruction of the work through its ever changing configuration questions the authorship and sovereign control of the artist and, by implication, that of the state. It also serves to undermine the work’s superficial relationship to Constructivism and its utopian vision of a new social order.

Sally graduated from Central Saint Martins in 2017. Since then she has combined her own art practice with curating exhibitions of work by emerging artists. Her work has been shown in the USA, Canada, China, London and other parts of the UK.