Bosse & Baum, London
Bosse & Baum’s propose a new series of paintings by Catherine Parsonage that takes the idiom as their starting point.
Parsonage’s work weaves the anecdotal with literary references, creating allegorical imagery that bridges lived and fictional experience. The idiom is a phrase that is as full of figurative meaning as it is literally empty, for example: “oh I wish I could just come with you in your suitcase.” Parsonage is interested in how these particular expressions can be exchanged with the fluid tact of a communal tongue or instead exclude, jump and glitch.
The paintings will act like speech or jottings, moving at different speeds and with different styles. Catherine’s paintings have a strong link to literature so she’s always developing new paintings according to what she is reading or has read.
A wall text spans across the booth, divided by 2 partition walls: this text is fully legible from a particular viewpoint, however, if one accesses the booth from a different angle the meaning of the text is disrupted, the words become formal, silly, nonsensical. In this way, the booth echoes the fumblings, failures and inevitable misunderstandings of conversation.