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Discombobuloscopy by Roxy Topia and Paddy Gould

Admission Free/Donation based
Start Time 10:00
End Time 18:00

A part of Convenience Gallery’s 21/22 ‘In Cahoots’ programme

‘Discombobuloscopy’ is an experimental collaborative painting, made in relief from hand cut MDF, metal and polymer clay. Mounted as a tri-fold modesty screen made specifically for the Convenience Gallery modular framework, it sits in a tradition of decoratively carved and painted screens and room dividers that dates back thousands of years, including those used for the privacy of medical examination.

The painting depicts an imaginative, unfolding body as landscape for contemplation; part self-examination, part costume change. Inspired by cartoonish representations, medical models and body imaging, body horror movie prop design and the melting, colour driven animism of psychedelia; the piece meditates on how conscious we have become of our bodies and whether it’s possible to build a coherent picture of them? Do we view our bodies as just a vehicle and what or who is along for the ride; are we just relay nodes for the micro-organisms we house? How best do we live in ourselves as a site for transformation?

Topia and Gould have exhibited and undertaken residencies across the UK and internationally. Selected exhibitions include RMAC, Roswell, USA, Studio 1.1, London, Studio 2, Todmorden and Bunker Gallery, Manchester. Their most recent solo show in 2021, ‘Pause for Living’ was held at CBS Gallery, Liverpool. They also founded Pink Sands in 2018; an independent press for Artist publications. Their latest book release ‘There’s Always Things Falling Out the Sky’ is a fully illustrated long form poem and was created in collaboration with Artist Sammy Playford. They are based in Birkenhead.

All donation based tickets funds are reinvested back into current and future creative programming. This will support them in creating more opportunities for both people in the creative industry and the wider community. All “In Cahoots” core programming is free to attend and donations are optional.

Opening Night: Friday 25th February 6:30pm-late

Show runs: 25th February- 11th March (Monday-Friday 10am-6pm)

Location: Bloom Building, Birkenhead, CH41 5FQ.

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