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About the artist:
Madeleine Pledge, b. 1993, UK, lives and works in London. Working via replicas and remakes, she often uses the language of clothing and furniture as a way to approach bodies, subjects, objects, and power through the surfaces of fashion and design. Strategically borrowing from a lineage of existing artistic production that includes Bridget Riley, Isa Genzken, Sylvie Fleury, and Rosemarie Trockel, her work is an attempt to find and hold space between the repetitive tyranny of capitalist production and fictions of individualised authorship and artistic originality.
Recent exhibitions include Like a Sieve, Kupfer, London, 2020; Stretch, Flatland Projects, Hastings (solo); The Weather Garden: Anne Hardy curates the Arts Council Collection, Towner Eastbourne, 2019; Die Wohnung (The Dwelling), SET Project Space, London, 2018 (two person exhibition with Eva Gold), and Portrait (for a screenplay) of Beth Harmon, Tenderpixel, London, 2017.
About the poster:
The image of the artist Pauline Boty hanging a painting at the head quarters of the Trades Union Congress has been on my mind and on the walls of my studio for the last year. I like Boty's glamorous nonchalance (cigarette in hand, handbag on arm), and her striped suit against the striped canvas. Mostly, though, I like the image for the way it positions the (supposedly isolated, individualised) figure of the artist within this context of collective action and organised labour. From within the atomising effects of the last year, ‘Join a Union’ felt like the best thing I could say within the space of an A2 page. Boty’s image sits alongside a couple of pairs of unfired clay boots, positioned together in my studio while thinking about the photograph. These things are gathered together within a format re-constituted from the layouts of fashion adverts from 2020 editions of Vogue.
420 x 594 mm (A2)
Digital Print on 230gsm Matt Paper
Edition of 45 (plus 5 APs)
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