Parenthesis introduces the work of artists from Camberwell College of Arts (UAL) in their first public exhibition at Copeland Gallery, Peckham. This is an exciting opportunity to see the work of aspiring artists at the very beginning of their creative careers.

Parenthesis can be defined as ‘A word, sentence, etc. that is added to a speech or piece of writing, especially in order to give extra information. In writing, it is separated from the rest of the text using brackets, commas or dashes’ (Oxford dictionary).

The exhibiting artists are not yet included in the established art scene; they act as an addition to this world. Sometimes it is the additional information which can explain and enhance an idea, providing us with a deeper level of understanding or acting as the punchline.

Whilst the exhibition showcases the work of Fine Art: Painting Students, it is in no way restricted to purely traditional works on canvas, as the students (artists) expand out of the brackets encompassing this definition. They manipulate a variety of different mediums and methods to investigate and explore their individual themes and ideas. The multiplicity of work is brought together within the brackets of the gallery space just as their practices are united by the parenthesis ‘painting’.

The public is invited to enter this space and explore the collective working environment. The exhibition is a precursor of what is to come.

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