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Catherine Biocca, Cornelia Baltes, Rosalie Schweiker is a group exhibition curated by Louise Hobson and presented at Mission Gallery as part of the Jane Phillips Award Curatorial Residency. The exhibition brings together a collection of newly commissioned works and is supported by the Arts Council of Wales.

Catherine Biocca s installations form trajectories into alternate timelines and realities, exchanging the real and the animated world to generate a new, and unfamiliar stage. At Mission Gallery, Catherine creates an inside-out environment, transposing a time some millions of years ago into the gallery in Deutscher F rst. Layering cartoon imagery, science fiction and natural history, the artist produces a lo-fi, deconstructed dinosaur landscape. In parallel to this work, 4-handed space drawings from the INTERGALACTIC series will also be exhibited,a series made in collaboration with the artist s father, a former spacecraft engineer.

Cornelia Baltes paintings exist as protagonists, subtly shifting the gallery space into a stage for an abridged visual narrative. Real-world observations inform her works but fall away as gestures are reconsidered, refined, and invested onto her canvases, walls and coloured MDFs, making for rigorously conceived forms imbued with playfulness and humour. At Mission Gallery, Cornelia works directly onto the walls of the gallery, expanding on a recent exploration of making site-specific murals where colour and motifs migrate from large-scale wall paintings to framed paintings and coloured MDFs.

Rosalie Schweiker buys a fridge magnet wherever she goes for work. At Mission Gallery, Rosalie presents the migrant worker's fridge magnet collection; displaying her collection for the first time in public on a fridge stocked with local drinks. If you buy the artist a drink at the public preview, she'll tell you the story behind a magnet and after the opening weekend, the fridge will stay on and serve the exhibition as a bar. Rosalie Schweiker uses social exchanges to find new functions for art in society. Her work often manifests itself in humorous interventions such as sleepovers, pizza portraits, bra shops, gardening and other seemingly random activities.

I see my role as initiator, and this exhibition as a space constructed over time through a cumulative process of collaboration. It is a layering of ideas, conversations and actions, which, though beginning with thoughts of temporary or mobile architectures, has long since expanded through the process of its making. The show brings together newly commissioned works by Catherine Biocca, Cornelia Baltes and Rosalie Schweiker and the artists give this show its name. Any other felt like it would be a retrofit, an attempt to tie up the show and hide its loose ends - Louise Hobson, Curator.



Exhibition Dates: 19 March - 9 April 2016


Artist Talk: Saturday 19 March, 4pm


Public Preview: Saturday 19 March, 6-8pm