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Flatfile: Curiosity Killed the Cat
12 January - 9 March 2013
Preview Friday 11 January, 6-8pm

Eastside Projects presents ‘Curiosity Killed the Cat’, an exhibition by Andrew Lacon and Marie Toseland in Flatfile, a plan-chest sited permanently within the gallery.

Curiosity Killed the Cat examines the physical and metaphysical space within Flatfile, and its relationship with the surrounding gallery. The work reflects a shared discourse around quantum physics and its relationship to collaboration.

Relating to Flatfile as an object and reflecting on its traditional function, the collaborative works interrogate the contradictory nature of exhibiting resolved pieces in a space usually associated with work in progress. Further still, it examines how sculpture can be displayed in a Flatfile, creating a platform to question the materiality of the physical object, as well as traditional notions of display.

Stemming from a consideration of the Schrodinger’s cat thought experiment and Many-Worlds interpretation, Curiosity Killed the Cat is an examination of the potential for other states and understandings. Drawing particularly on one theory which suggests that there are 3 types of representation; linguistic, pictorial and magical (primitive), the works incorporate literary and documentary techniques, and physical intervention in order to offer alternatives for how one could experience the space within the drawers.

This is the second in a series of Flatfile exhibitions which pair ESP members based in the West Midlands with artists based elsewhere. The project gives participants the opportunity to make new connections through the development of new work.

Marie Toseland (b. 1987, Derby. Lives and works in Bristol.)

Recent exhibitions include the solo show Local Interference, WORKS|PROJECTS, Bristol (2011), and group shows Thoresby Street Thursdays, One Thoresby Street, Nottingham (2012), and The Potential for Windows and Scale, The Contemporary Art Society, London (2011). Her writing has been printed in several publications, including The Potential for Windows and Scale, (An Endless Supply, 2012) and FEAST Journal (Laura Mansfield, 2011), included in the Nowhereisland Resident Thinker programme (Situations, 2012), and have been presented as spoken word performances for the Happy Hypocrite at both Spike Island, Bristol (2011) and Eastside Projects, Birmingham (2011). Forthcoming projects include a residency at The Curfew Tower, Northern Ireland and a solo show at WORKS|PROJECTS, Bristol. Marie is currently represented by WORKS|PROJECTS as part of Regional Interference.

Andrew Lacon (b. 1985, Dudley. Lives and works in Birmingham.)

Recent exhibitions include the solo show A Magnitude In Albion, OUTPOST, Norwich (2011), and group shows Approaching Is Distancing, BKS Garage, Copenhagen, Denmark (2012) Prix Leica Europe, Marta Museum & Gallery, Herford, Germany (2011) and SHOW Battersea, Royal College of Art, London (2011). He received the Metro Award (2011) and the National Magazine Award for Fine Art RCA (2010) along with being shortlisted for the Deutsche Bank Art Award (2011). Publications include HARDCOVER: Image Perspectives, (BlackDog Publishing, 2011).

He is currently Artist in Residence at UCA (Rochester) and working on the Reference Works commission with the Birmingham Library Photography Archives. Forthcoming projects include Reference Works - book launch, Les Rencontres d’Arles, France (2013), Reference Works - Exhibition, Library of Birmingham (2013)