Dog Tooth. Chicken Feet.
"The world only goes round by misunderstanding." - Charles Baudelaire
An exhibition of artworks by David shillinglaw and Lily Mixe.
There’s a long history of artist couples making artwork together, sharing the same living and working space will always influence and be influenced by one another. At a certain point that exchange can become a more direct focus and begin to push and pull each others work in new directions, playing with new ideas and new materials. David and Lily met when David painted over one of Lily’s murals. From day one the artists have been working over each other’s pieces, sharing spaces, and on occasion making murals and installations together.
The artworks made for this show are all drawings, collages and assemblages. The works are remixes; cutting and pasting, destroying and creating things in a kind of game of dare, nothing is too planned or designed, the works have been made over months, growing like a garden of off-cuts and studio scraps. Deliberately cross pollinating and grafting ideas and materials, creating a condition for ideas and images to grow. At points the works are love letters to one another, at other times more like arguments.
The title for the exhibition comes from a conversation about a fabric pattern design which has two names, one in English: Dog tooth, and another in French: Chicken feet. A brief argument over which was the correct name quickly came to define a constant playful misunderstand between the two artists, this has become an obscure personal metaphor for how so often we can be guilty of debating two sides of the same coin.
Friday 1st February until Wednesday 27th February
Launch party - 1st February 2019 Join us for the launch party and re-opening of Urchin 6-9pm.
The fun will then continue over the road at the Margate Arts club from 9pm until late.