The National College of Art and Design Gallery is pleased to present the exhibition, Kipple, featuring five artists brought together through a common sensibility in their approach to abstract painting.
The exhibiting artists, George Warren, Eveleen Murphy, Natasha Conway, Andrew Simpson and Daniel Jackman all graduated from the NCAD’s bachelor or master degree programmes of 2013.
‘Kipple’ is a fictional word coined by author Philip K. Dick in his 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? to describe a proliferation of material ‘things' that exist and multiply regardless of a character’s presence, or absence. In this instance, kipple is used as metaphor for the thought processes comparable to the materiality of the studio where material accumulates outside of one’s immediate consciousness.
Specific to this exhibition is the artists’ focus on their relationship to the studio in making paintings which gives an audience an authentic and generous insight into the workings of a contemporary practice, instantiated in the accompanying exhibition catalogue texts. The artists propose, the essence of 'the studio environment as a surrogate space where in an everyday practice: objects, materials and ideas are assembled, disassembled, and lost and found on a daily basis in a never ending cycle'. The site of the studio and what happens there is considered as imperative as the final presented artwork.