Private View: Thursday 6th July 2017, 6 – 8.30pm

Exhibition runs 7th – 31st July 2017, Tues – Sat 12 – 5pm

Studio G:14 The Perfume Factory, 140 Wales Farm Road, London W3 6UG

Artists talk, Thursday 13th July 6pm


Jo Chate and Sarah Dwyer studied together at the Royal College of Art in 2004 and have been in conversation since. They often meet in each other’s studios to support and doubt, laugh and annoy, a dialogue grounded in mutual need and hunger to test what they are doing. Correlations as well as opposing positions are unearthed. The fragmentary nature in both artists work when seen together sets up a fictional, non-sequential narrative, and through the playful use of light and line both artists works become not quite locatable.

This exhibition explores the nature of the ongoing dialogues, of continuity and departure, through print, collage, painting and sculpture. The show is experimental in nature, with both artists showing work on paper alongside their paintings for the first time.

Jo Chate’s works of fragmented places and spaces, broken mannequins, momentary glimpses all recombine to create forms of multiplicity where there’s no single point of view, narratives with no order, no beginning no end, open.

The paintings engage with the distorting effect of memory and through layers

of paint suggest multiple possible realities. Jo Chate essentially explores the space between the real and the imagined – like the cinema screen bringing together the waking world and the dream with no boundary, no division – porous and translucent.

This show represents a work in progress unfolding in a transitory state, open to possibilities through the process of making and doubt, thought and immedia-cy.

Sarah Dwyer’s process of conceiving an image is rooted in the line, always retaining the impulsive nature of drawing. A scratched mark might suggest the contours of a landscape, a stream carved out of a hillside, a figure or a portrait. The form that finds its way through always settles back into an unresolved entanglement, where the pictorial narrative is in constant flux.

Her work is suggestive of personal and shared histories, drawing on myth, religion and psychoanalysis, existing on the outskirts of understanding.


The opening of this exhibition coincides with the publication of Notes from the White Book.

For further press information please contact: Jo Chate or Sarah Dwyer


Supported by East Acton Champions Fund