October 22, 2007 - The Showroom - Sue Tompkins: Apple
October 22, 2007

Sue Tompkins: Apple

Sue Tompkins
31 October – 9 December 2007

Opening Tuesday 30 October 19:00 – 21:00hrs
Live performance of Country Grammar 20:00hrs
Special late ‘First Thursday’ opening until 20:30hrs on Thursday 1 November

44 Bonner Road
London E2 9JS
T. +44 (0)20 8983 4115
F. +44 (0)20 8981 4112
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Wednesday – Sunday 13:00 – 18:00hrs


The Showroom is delighted to announce that Sue Tompkins will present Apple, her first solo exhibition in London at the gallery later this month.

Sue Tompkins is widely known for her energetic performances and text-based works that fuse the fizzy confidence of pop music with the more tentative rhythms and repetitions of beat poetry. Often based on a single word or simple phrase, these works go through a rigorous process of repetition, editing and layering to build mesmerising, free-flowing texts that seem to follow closely and allow unlimited access to the artist’s thought patterns.

For The Showroom, Sue Tompkins will present a new installation of works designed to link the two distinct, triangular gallery spaces. Casually formal groupings of large-scale text works on paper – on which tiny, fragile concrete poems cling and cascade – will be punctuated by small, brightly coloured paintings. In addition, a series of tables will contain other text works, providing further intimate fragments gleaned from snippets of conversations with friends, lines from pop songs and sound bites from magazines.

The gallery is also delighted that Sue Tompkins will revisit her performance work, Country Grammar, first presented in 2003, on the night of the opening at 20:00hrs.

Sue Tompkins is currently based in Glasgow, where she is represented by The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd. Sue Tompkins was nominated for Beck’s Futures in 2006 and has recently presented work at Tate Britain, Diana Stigter Gallery, Amsterdam, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York and the Scottish Pavilion, Venice
Biennale 2005.

For further information please contact either Natasha Tebbs or Kirsty Ogg at The Showroom on 020 8983 4115, or the gallery’s website www.theshowroom.org

The Showroom is financially assisted by Arts Council England, London Office, the Moose Foundation for the Arts and the many members of the gallery’s Friends Scheme.

Apple is generously supported by The Elephant Trust.

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