Friday 23 September 2011 until Sunday 30 October 2011

Egocentric Space Lines

Part of Brief Habits programme curated by

As to our senses, I understand that people who have been blind from birth and are suddenly given sight are amazed to discover that objects appear to get smaller and smaller as they get farther away. Logically, there is no reason for this. We, of course, have come to accept this, because we are used to it. We see objects get smaller, but we know that in actuality they remain the same size. So even the common everyday pragmatic person utilizes a certain amount of sophisticated discounting of what his eyes and ears tell him or her.
Philip K. Dick, 1978

Egocentric Space Lines brings together work by artists Jess Flood-Paddock, Nicholas Hatfull, and Maria Zahle. The exhibition questions how we relate to, and give order to the visual world around us. It suggests how the surreal imagination might work in parallel to what Philip K. Dick describes as an everyday process of ‘discounting’ meaning.

Jess Flood-Paddock (1977, London) lives and works in London. Educated at The Slade School of Art and The Royal College of Art. Recent exhibitions include Gangsta’s Paradise at the Hayward Gallery Project Space, London (2010, curated by Tom Morton), The Grid System A Regime: Spartacus Chetwynd & Jess Flood-Paddock at MCA, Malta (2010), Sacrifice at Swallow Street, London (2010, curated by Sarah McCrory) and Phyllida Barlow & Jess Flood-Paddock at the Russian Club, London (2009). She was commissioned to make a short film for Channel 4 and Frieze Foundation Film Commissions 2010. Currently, Flood-Paddock is showing her sculpture New York, Paris, Peckham in the group exhibition Bold Tendencies Sculpture Project 5, Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park, London.

Nicholas Hatfull (1984, Tokyo) lives and works in London. Educated at Royal Academy Schools, London and Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford. Previous exhibitions include Drawing 2011, The Drawing Room and Newspeak - British Art Now, The Saatchi Gallery, both in London. Also forthcoming in September, Hatfull will have a solo project at the Peles Empire. He is the Sainsbury scholar in Painting and Sculpture for 2011-12 at the British School at Rome.

Maria Zahle (1979, Copenhagen) lives and works in London and Copenhagen. Graduated from the Royal Academy Schools, London. Since 2006 she been running the project The Hex with her husband Jason Dungan. Recent exhibitions include Flying Stickers, Five Years, 2011, A Figure, A Rectangle (with Ib Braase), Arcade, 2010, Alice Channer, Dagmar Heppner, Alicja Kwade, Maria Zahle, BolteLang, Zurich, 2010. Zahle is presenting work with Arcade in SUNDAY art fair, London, in October 2011, and will be curating an exhibition for Dorothea Schlueter Galleri, Hamburg, Germany in February 2012.