Mimei Thompson


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An exhibition of Mimei Thompson's paintings.
9th August (7pm) - 11th October

- Where did you start with the new paintings?

The insects are something that I have worked on before and shown before.
I heard that the caterpillar goes through a liquid stage, making a cocoon around itself and then secreting juices, almost digesting itself and then it becomes something else. There is a stage in between where it has all of the information to become the mature version, but it is actually liquid, and I find that so amazing.

And I think there is some analogy there with paint, there is potential in the liquid stage. And in my work it is a bit like that sometimes. It starts liquid and then it could become anything, like a primordial soup.

- What materials do you use to make your paintings?

I use oil paints, and the surface is really important, and needs to be quite smooth, non-absorbent and white, and I want that whiteness to shine through. The paint and the medium is quite translucent, I can also build it up but that luminosity is one of the key things.

I mix the oil paint with a medium, Liquin which is an alkyd resin. It dries very fast and holds the brush strokes in the oil paint. Whereas oil spreads, the quality of the Liquin is that it holds it together, so in a way it is more like acrylic. Slightly plastic like.

- You trained as a photographer?

Yes, a long time ago.

- What happened?

With the photography, partly I wanted to have more of a touch involved. With photography there is more of a distance from the hand and the gesture. In the training I had it was quite taboo, the things you would do with a bit of intuition or gesture, none of that was really allowed. I started painting again, I did painting for A-level, but after my BA I felt like I didn't have so much baggage, with that not so many rules.

Of course there is the weight of art history, but I didn't really feel that because I had been through this other education of conceptual photography which became too paralysing. After that I just made it up myself, talking to people and getting on with it for years, in an outsider-ish kind of way.

I don't really feel like I have a lot of painterly references. I remember at the Royal College where I studied painting, people and tutors would say 'who is the artist who is sitting on your shoulder looking over you? which some people seemed to have, I never really had that, just doing my own thing.

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Mimei Thompson studied at Glasgow School of Art, Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art. She was selected for Jerwood Contemporary Painters and the Marmite Painting Prize. Three of her works were bought for the Arts Council England Collection in 2013. She has recently had a solo show at Art First Projects, London, and has an upcoming solo show at Queens Park Railway Club, Glasgow. Recent group shows include exhibitions in Brussels, Los Angeles, London and Glasgow. She lives and works in London

Works in the Gallery

(Clockwise in each Gallery)

Gallery 1

Dead Fly (Yellow) (2014)
Binbag Closeup (2014)
Little Fly (2014)

Gallery 2

Cave (Green, Pink) (2013)
Corner of the Building (2014)

Gallery 3

Looking at Nature, Becoming Vegetable (2013)
Cave (Green) (2013)
Bonsai Forest (2014)
Weeds (2013)

Walkway Between Gallery 2-3

Tomatoes, Sad, Happy (2014)

Gallery 4

Treetrunk (2014)
Asparagus (Horizontal) (2014)
Cacti in the Gallery (2014)
Green Fly (2014)
Ape (2013)
Succulent (2014)

Walkway Between Gallery 3-4

Potato Sprout (2014)

At Wysing:

Flying Ant (2014)
Weeds (Blue Corner) (2014)
Dead Fly (Window)( 2014)

Book List

Copies available to read at the front desk:
On the Grotesque: Strategies of Contradiction in Art and Literature. Geoffrey Galt Harpham Fantastic Metamorphoses, Other Worlds: Ways of Telling the Self. Marina Warner Short Stories by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, esp. ‘The Other Side of Death’ The Crystal World. JG Ballard Insect Poetics, ed. Eric C Brown, esp introduction

Secluded Bronte

Secluded Bronte

Secluded Bronte + Guests - 17th October 7pm £3

"….Secluded Bronte, a trio of brothers Jonathan and Adam Bohman and Richard Thomas...At their disposal we find a cymbal, knives, forks, bells, file binders, shelf units, tomato slicer, egg slicer, screw threads, fishing line, light bulbs, bowls, rubber bands, balloons, cardboard, plastic, ceramic, metal and much more - this is just half the list of objects they use to scan with their contact microphones ... If you heard their previous work (preferable in concert, as it’s a delight to watch) then you know you are in for a fine treat of electro-acoustic music of a rather vibrant nature...three persons moving quickly between all the stuff they have gathered. Like they don’t want to miss out playing anything they brought along for the ride. No sound effects, no electronics, just amplified daily objects...this is also musique concrete in the most pure form, but then all live and improvised, nothing post-produced or edited." [Diced and sliced from a review of SECLUDED BRONTE - by Frans De Waal) http://www.secludedbrontemusic.tumblr.com/

- Richard Peel Tags: action, adventure, animated, animation, cape, captain, cartoon, cobra,comedy, dangeroid, dc, disaster, fiction, flashtoon, hero, heroes, image,marvel, moon, moonsmash, peel, powers, red, richard, science, scifi,soundtrack, story, super, superhero, superheroes, supernatural, synth http://www.richardpeel.com/performance.html

- Phillip Henderson / Eǝrth Rod Each of Phillip Henderson's Time Machine Lectures contain a modified version of one or more of the past lectures, remodelled and rearranged, the lectures are created in response to each environment in which they 'appear'. http://www.philliphenderson.bandcamp.com/

- Stuart Faulkner "I don't want to repeat the Mr Blobby or Jive Bunny ones I am afraid. I can do something and come up with something else - prefer to do that and make it special." We're not entirely sure what Stuart will do - we know what he won't be doing, his obscure 'cover versions' of Mr Blobby and Jive Bunny. He also makes paintings of Hulk Hogan and Hitler, he won't be showing those either. http://www.stuartfaulkner.com

- Simon Raven His works often pivot around visual and gestural associations, linking various ideas with corresponding set of actions, sounds and surprises. The work is sometimes obscure, sometimes direct. We think he is good friends with Aaron Williamson and Brian Catling, he also likes David Sherry's work. His work might be a little like theirs. Simon will be making various performances throughout the evening. http://www.nevarnomis.com/

- Owen Baxter Revealing the musical potential of found objects, his work explores incidental sounds generated by mechanical devices, blending acoustic sources with synthetic process to produce new music from displaced material. For this gig Owen Baxter will present 'Sonic Washing Machine'. http://www.sonicmachines.co.uk/

- Master of Ceremonies: Bruce Asbestos Likes to make paintings of bears and naturists, and occasionally perform on stage. http://www.bruceasbestos.info

- Visuals: Anneliese Krueger Anneliese's work focuses on 'evolved' anthropomorphic animals of uncertain species and intent, which will be making an appearance at Trade throughout the evening. http://www.catzmafia.com/

£3 Entry on the Door
Doors 7pm