Tiny Details, Grotesque Proportions

The New Art Gallery Walsall
2008
Installation view, 2008

Installation view, 2008

Though you're cruel to me, 2008, various paper cut outs

Though you're cruel to me, 2008, various paper cut outs

Installation view of 'Nokia hands' and 'I love you so much I want to eat you', 2008

Installation view of 'Nokia hands' and 'I love you so much I want to eat you', 2008

Nokia hands. Detail. Installed paper cut outs of Nokia logo depicting two mens hands touching fingers in the style of Michael Angelos 'Creation of Adam,' going from big to small across the length of a 5m wall, 8–4mm x various lengths, 2008

Nokia hands. Detail. Installed paper cut outs of Nokia logo depicting two mens hands touching fingers in the style of Michael Angelos 'Creation of Adam,' going from big to small across the length of a 5m wall, 8–4mm x various lengths, 2008

Installation view of 'Nokia Hands'

Installation view of 'Nokia Hands'

Transmission, 2008, installed paper cut outs of aerials on a door security device, 15 x 15 cm

Transmission, 2008, installed paper cut outs of aerials on a door security device, 15 x 15 cm

I don’t see them any more (looking forward to the past.), 2008, installation view

I don’t see them any more (looking forward to the past.), 2008, installation view

I don’t see them anymore (looking forward to the past.), 2008, paper cut outs of sections of guttering on a 1960's Russian cosmonaut postcard, 22 x 25 cm in Perspex frame

I don’t see them anymore (looking forward to the past.), 2008, paper cut outs of sections of guttering on a 1960's Russian cosmonaut postcard, 22 x 25 cm in Perspex frame

Installation view of three works on newspaper. Get away, 40 x 24 cm; Certain colours obliterate my will power, 24 x 40 cm; By the hairs on my chinny, chin, chin, 24 x 37 cm, 2008

Installation view of three works on newspaper. Get away, 40 x 24 cm; Certain colours obliterate my will power, 24 x 40 cm; By the hairs on my chinny, chin, chin, 24 x 37 cm, 2008

Surrounded, they take off, 2008, ink on newspaper, 30 x 35 cm

Surrounded, they take off, 2008, ink on newspaper, 30 x 35 cm

I still have sand in my shoes, 2008, ink on newspaper, 30 x 37 cm

I still have sand in my shoes, 2008, ink on newspaper, 30 x 37 cm

Home town jump plan, 2007, 1970's framed photograph of an aerial view of British seaside and a paper cut out of a man in costume performing with a horse on a lead, 35 x 27 cm

Home town jump plan, 2007, 1970's framed photograph of an aerial view of British seaside and a paper cut out of a man in costume performing with a horse on a lead, 35 x 27 cm

National Geographic 01, 2008, paper cut out of Evil Kenivel jumping through the outline of a seagull over an aerial view, 20 x 24 cm

National Geographic 01, 2008, paper cut out of Evil Kenivel jumping through the outline of a seagull over an aerial view, 20 x 24 cm

Elizabeth Rowe’s solo exhibition features work on opposing scales; from small, intricate paper-based collages to large, commanding compositions – all brought together through the use of mass-produced printed material and a signature lo-tech aesthetic.

Within her works, an assembly of images painstakingly cut out from a plethora of printed sources – newspapers, shopping catalogues and billboards – are reconfigured in a manner which suggests a more viral approach: images of technological devices are repeated and replicated at an uncontrollable rate whilst figures dance across scenes of natural wonders and man-made disasters. It is questionable whether these new narratives are anything but accidental.

The process of collecting, sorting and re-ordering the selected images from an over whelming supply of original material, reveals an attempt to gain control over forces outside of our power. As Rowe suggests an alternative reality, this new environment hangs in the balance: one wrong move and the whole composition could tumble down before our eyes. Carefully constructed so each component relies on its neighbour for support, her collages reflect a fluctuating world where even the smallest change could cause epic results.

The exhibition also features a number of drawings created directly on to newspaper pages and here, Rowe has used layers of ink to mask over images of political and environmental concern. An abundance of images are paired down to a careful edit where palm trees are edged with gold and melting ice caps present no threat – the rest remains out of sight, and purposefully out of mind.

http://www.thenewartgallerywalsall.org.uk/whats-on/exhibition/elizabeth-rowetiny-detailsgrotesque-proportions