Approved: 16.08.2006

Fiona Curran

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Researcher

Approved: 16.08.2006

 Fiona Curran's paintings and assemblages present landscapes that are broken down into views on the one hand and their physical/material presence on the other. Images and objects – painted, found, handmade and fabricated – sit alongside one another in differing modes of display that explore the notion of the original and the copy, the natural and the artificial, the real and the imagined and the role of technology in mediating between these positions. Paintings break away from their frames and existing works are re-placed and dis-located through new configurations and assemblages of value. Splinters of the natural world appear in hardwoods, rocks, minerals and animal skins, alongside plastics, fabrics, hand-stitched fragments and found images. Paintings engage with unseen but sensed geographies through the use of pattern and repetition exploring notions of landscape space and landscape time, once measured through the impact of natural cycles and planetary shifts, now equally measured through digital time and the migratory flows of transnational capital. This results in new forms of framing and enclosure and the turbulence of a permanently uncertain environment where materials are in flux. 

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Lecturing, Practice-based research, Private commissions, Studio practice
  • Categories: Environment, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Research
  • Tags: Environment, ecology, assemblage, landscape, geography, materiality, tactile, Painting, Textiles, installation
 

Biography

 Fiona Curran's paintings and assemblages present landscapes that are broken down into views on the one hand and their physical/material presence on the other. Images and objects – painted, found, handmade and fabricated – sit alongside one another in differing modes of display that explore the notion of the original and the copy, the natural and the artificial, the real and the imagined and the role of technology in mediating between these positions. Paintings break away from their frames and existing works are re-placed and dis-located through new configurations and assemblages of value. Splinters of the natural world appear in hardwoods, rocks, minerals and animal skins, alongside plastics, fabrics, hand-stitched fragments and found images. Paintings engage with unseen but sensed geographies through the use of pattern and repetition exploring notions of landscape space and landscape time, once measured through the impact of natural cycles and planetary shifts, now equally measured through digital time and the migratory flows of transnational capital. This results in new forms of framing and enclosure and the turbulence of a permanently uncertain environment where materials are in flux. 

Fiona read Philosophy at the University of Manchester (1992-1995) followed by a further BA(Hons) and MA at Manchester School of Art (1996-2001). Fiona is a Senior Tutor at the Royal College of Art and is currently researching for a PhD at the Slade School of Fine Art. This PhD research project considers the role of visual art practices since the 1960s in relation to the environmental impact of new technologies and anthropogenic climate change.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 

2013 Beach Fatigue, Carslaw St* Luke's, London.

2012 - Waiting for the Perfect View, Touchstones, Rochdale 

2010 - Assembly, Chapter Gallery, Cardiff

2007 - Cornerhouse Projects, Cornerhouse , Manchester

2007 - The World Is Larger in Summer, MAC, Birmingham

Group exhibitions

2015 - No Matter New Matter, Ed. Varie, New York 

Mostyn Open 19, Llandudno, Wales

Promise of Palm Trees, Breese Little, London

Finite Project Altered When Open, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow

2014Riff, Baltic39, Newcastle, 

Situation, RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia,

Interchange Junctions, Howick Place, London,

Detail, H Projects, Bangkok, Transition Gallery, London,  Usher Gallery, Lincoln

2013 - Easy Does It, David Dale Gallery, Glasgow, Aid & Abet, Cambridge and Supercollider, Blackpool 

 Art Across the City, Swansea, Wales

Crocodiles With a Second Skin Thrash, Over + Out, Lincoln

2012 - Making Space, Slade School of Fine Art Research Centre, London

Untitled, Miami Beach, Miami, USA

The Yellow Wallpaper, Danson House, Bexleyheath Park, Kent

2011 - London Art Fair Projects, The Florence Trust, London Art Fair, London

Surplus To Requirements?, Slade School of Fine Art Research Centre, London

Translate/Transcribe, Central House of Artists, Moscow, Russia.

2010 - Guasch Coranty International Painting Prize, Centro Cultural Tecla Sala, Barcelona, Spain.

 Paint, Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, London 

Saatchi Northern Stars, The Blade Factory, A Foundation, Liverpool

Tatton Park Biennial, Tatton Park, Cheshire

The London Art Fair, Paul Stolper Gallery, London

2009 - Coller-Elective, Arena Gallery, Liverpool

Creekside open part 1, selected by Jenni Lomax), A.P.T Gallery, Deptford, London

Fringe MK Annual Painting Prize, Middleton Hall, Milton Keynes

Pairs, Paul Stolper, London 

The London Art Fair, Paul Stolper Gallery, London, 

Future 50, PSL, Project Space Leeds

2008 - Swap/Vaihto, Bureau and The Cable Factory, Salford and Helsinki

)Bracket This( III, Arena Gallery, Liverpool (Biennial Independents Programme)

2006 - Frenzy: L'art decoratif d'aujourd 'hui, The Metropole Galleries, Folkestone

 New Trends In Painting Since 2000, City Gallery, Leicester

 Pattern, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead

 

Residencies

 2008 The Florence Trust, London 

Public Commissions

2009 - Vital Arts Commission, Occupational Health Centre, The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel 

Prizes and Awards, 

2010 - RIBA MSA small projects award (for Tatton Park Biennial project) 2004 - Research and Development Award, The Arts Council England

Educational experience 

2014 - present,  Senior Tutor, The Royal College of Art.

2005 - 2014, Senior Lecturer Manchester School of Art,