(selected by Kirsteen Macdonald)
The Masterpiece - Part One, Strange Adventures, 2003
Olivia Plender is an artist and writer and currently co-editor of Untitled magazine. Her interest in magazine, comic strip and pulp fiction book-cover formats is evident in her drawings exploring fictional narratives of bohemian lifestyles. Recent works include a comic book about an imaginary London avant-garde of the past and a series of fictional advertising posters mimicking the appearance of early 20th-century advertisements.
In 2004 Plender undertook residencies at the Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts; Grizedale Arts, and PS1, New York. Exhibitions include Romantic Detachment (New York), East End Academy (Whitechapel Gallery, London) and a solo show at Dundee Contemporary Arts.
Plender will have a solo show in the Project Space, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester in 2005 and will be part of the group show Dance of the Seven Veils with Pablo Bronstein, Lali Chetwynd and Adam Chodzko (Cooper Gallery, Dundee, 12 March-15 April).
Dance of the Seven Veils
'I am eaten up with the imagery, with the way things look' - Ken Russell. Dance of the Seven Veils is a group show of work that references the stylistic canon of flamboyant British film director Ken... read on
The Masterpiece - Part One, Strange Adventures
Set in London at the end of the 1950s, 'The Masterpiece' is a comic about an unrecognised artistic genius trying to negotiate his way to success in the stifling atmosphere of an imaginary bohemia. The... read on