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Presents: 

OUTLIERS

15th June - 6th July 12-6pm Thursday - Saturday or welcome by appointment. 
Please email tondocosmic@gmail.com

OUTLIERS is the first presentation by Tondo Cosmic

PLEASE NOTE TALK ON 28TH JUNE - 5.30pm preceded by a walk round with the artists at 4.30 pm

Jo Chate and Tamsin Morse paintings visualise a protest against simplification of complex issues in modern society. Their work demonstrates an extensive language of both paint and narrative, reflecting their call for a more holistic approach to understanding cultural judgment.

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Exhibition Text by Emma Yifan Wang Outliers is a two-person show that presents recent paintings by Jo Chate and Tamsin Morse in Q & C (Quip and Curiosity) Gallery, Cambridge. Showing together for the first time as a complimentary pair, they describe themselves as ‘outliers’, standing at the gates of the contemporary art world but feeling detached from it. As mothers, they have taken care of their families and been away from the art world for some years. Now at the point when they are ready to return, they find themselves disconnected from a system they were once a part of. Like characters from French Novelist Camus in The Outsider, watched with strange eyes in a noisy club—these reckless intruders. The art world tends to celebrate youth, overlooking life experience accumulated over the years. Jo Chate and Tamsin Morse have inhabited many different roles and identities. They have practice in film and music; they are artists as well as being mothers. It is these years of experience in different fields and identities that make them shun any kind of labeling of what they do. As mothers, they are still creative, and getting older only strengthens their souls. “I was chasing / a lonely feeling / all these hurdles / fell in a puddle / Lost in mind / Lost in time / Don’t Press rewind / Don’t press rewind”- Rewind, Cleo Sol Jo Chate paints as a dancer, with music imprinted in her brush strokes. Engaging in contemporary dance, she integrates movement and music as vital elements in her painting process. The titles of her works often come from lyrics she listens to, echoing the rhythm invisible in her painting. In her work, Jo frequently searches for places that seem to exist elsewhere, imagining real places as fictional, much like film settings. In Lost in Mind (2024) she uses the reflection of the external space to reset the model's original scene, resulting in a bizarre dislocation. Through her lens, the lifeless mannequins become protagonists, each narrating its own story. Up close, she paints characters that are imperfect and fragile - they might lack limbs or look as if they might have a tendency to fall. From a distance, these fragmented figures float like ghosts, being absorbed into the background. Using homemade gesso (primer) that gives a chalky feel similar to frescoes, she creates paintings in faded colours with some collaged images collected from daily life and photographs, to create her utopia. In Metano (2023), the landscape is framed like a wide establishing shot in a film without human presence before moving in for the close-up. It prompts the question of what the next shot is, and this is where our own narrative begins. It might be the world she rebuilds for us – decayed but with a flame of hope, a momentary mirage that bites the last cry for love. “Some good and some bad, but freedom of speech must not be forgotten. And sticking to your guns when something feels wrong must be permitted.” - from Tamsin Morse on Instagram If Jo Chate is giving us space to imagine, then Tamsin Morse is a storyteller and a humorous judge questioning existing convictions – if those who stand on the moral high ground are the ones in authority, then she is the one tickling them, satirizing power, mocking seriousness, and making them absurdly live again on her canvas. Within this core conviction, Tamsin's spicy colours serve as the venom of her satirical contemplation. Her palette is vibrant and aggressive yet thought-provoking, especially in The Garden of Eden (2023) where the intense colours balance between beauty and toxicity. She conjures up a contrasting world between perfect form in art and society and its true substance with sculptures of Adam and Eve standing still in front of collapsing houses. Her use of animal imagery mocks and dissolves human-cantered arrogance and absurdity. The lines of her drawings dance within the colour blocks, complementing each other, walking side by side. This is one of her core thoughts, unconsciously brought into her canvas. The fixed definitions of various figures blur under their brushes, but they are strangely amplified by this technique making the audience look and closely examine them. This gaze turns into a mirrored relationship, questioning us: in these worlds separated from the main body, where do you stand in all this? It has been an intimate conversation between half a glass of wine, a blush, and three of us under clear weather after rain. Opening up in this cold world is rare, and sticking with your brush is hard. When outliers start telling their own stories, it reveals the most straightforward truth of another side of the human world, and this might be the real driving force of our ever-living society. Written on a clear summer night in May 2024 Emma Yifan Wang

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71 Tenison Road
Cambridge
CB1 2EF

@quipandcuriosity
www.quipandcuriosity.co.uk

This exhibition  begins a series of projects by TondoCosmic that groups artist together who are asking questions of the world in order to ask questions of each other.  Jo and Tamsin studied at the Royal College, and the Slade/ Chelsea respectively, and have a wide international exhibition history with work in both private and public collections including the Government Art Collection, New Art Gallery Walsall and University of the Arts.

 

Q&C gallery in Cambridge is a unique and beautiful exhibition space in the city of science and technology.  It is run with a social conscience and embraces thought provoking cultural ideas and presentations.

About Us

Welcome to TondoCosmic.  We present holistic art projects and events in lesser used premises and unusual sites to maximise the potential of the artists and bring them to new audiences.Please get in touch: email tondocosmic@gmail.com

FEATURED ARTIST :  TAMSIN MORSE

Offering very visually present, colourful figures, disposed to all sorts of activities which parody codes of conduct and moral paradoxes, Tamsin is suggesting there are many sides to perception and understanding, Using symbols as metaphorical critiques of concise definitions as a solution to identity and social standards. Some of the paintings directly relate to contemporary political situations, critiquing the values of human life and mass concepts of ‘justice’. I often uses animals to reach that depiction of Steins’ ‘Bottom Nature’; that of our baseline, our animal level, when we go to survival mode and bypass social mores and conventions. Tamsin studied at the Slade and Chelsea and has a far reaching national an international exhibition history. Her work is founf in both public and private collections. For more information please follow the link to her website www.tamsinmorse@gmail.com

FEATURED ARTIST:  JO CHATE

Jo Chate studied at the Royal College of Art receiving an MA in Painting. Her work has been included in numerous solo and group shows internationally.She transforms moments and phenomena from everyday life to create complex, enigmatic paintings. The way of working is exploratory; embracing dualities that result in connections and complexities that are not easily definable. The paintings ultimately become the site of transformation, refracting and colliding memories with future recollections.

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