Local imagination

Palin, Tom (2012) Local imagination. [Show/Exhibition]


Local Imagination consisted of two exhibitions; one in San Francisco and the other in Leeds. It was part of an exchange project between Leeds College of Art (now Leeds Arts University) and the San Francisco Art Institute. The works were exhibited in the Diego Rivera Gallery, USA, during August, then returned to the UK in October to be displayed in the Vernon Street Building. All seven artists taught, at that time, on the BA (Hons) Fine Art programme. Together, their works explored and questioned the idea of local imagination, difference, belonging and the importance of tradition. For me, this offered an opportunity to further consider the idea of painting as object. I exhibited ten small oil paintings on wood. All were diptychs, consisting of vertical adjoined panels. I presented each work on a specially made shelf, painted white. The works were part of an ongoing series of paintings that had preoccupied me for most of the previous eighteen months, across several studios. These explorations into the objecthood and picture-aspect of painting (the here and there) would culminate in my PhD exhibition at the RCA in 2018.

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