Charlie Coffey

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Untitled (to the point of indivisibility)
Collected pens
Helmore Bridge, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road CB1 1PT
Mon-Sat 10:00-16:30

Untitled (to the point of indivisibility) is a display of cheap, branded biro pens in an expansive, wall-based arrangement. Taken from the artist’s ongoing collection of merchandise pens, each biro is pinned to the wall in a grid constellation representing public, private and third sector sector organisations, promotional goods and services. Despite the pens’ inert status as part of a wider system of display, the work holds an acute relationship to the act of writing and text; implying an almost limitless sense of written possibilities. Encountering Untitled (to the point of indivisibility), the viewer begins to make connections between the organisations and services on the pens, teasing out unexpected relationships and calling into question whether there’s an underlying order of classification at play.

Charlie Coffey studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and currently lives and works in London, UK. She works across drawing, sculpture, print and installation, often taking a site-specific approach to exhibition making. Her practice brings together an interest in the political agency of art and (im)possibility of making a viable, socially engaged, artistic response. Her often intensely laboured, biro drawings attempt to negotiate, in the form of knowingly naive representations, history’s long catalogue of failed utopian enterprises. Recent works have begun to play with the sculptural properties of paper and use of text, as part of a sustained investigation into how the ‘inert status’ of drawing might be opened up beyond its physical, two-dimensional limitations. She often returns to the physical formats we use to communicate social systems and structures, whether consensually or dissentingly, such as the roadside billboard, construction hoardings, the wooden palette, the printed poster or A6 pamphlet.

Recent exhibitions include İşleyiş / Mechanism, Domates Biber Patlıcan, Istanbul and A5, Platform Projects, Art Athina, Athens. Her work Coastal Style Community was selected for the 2014 billboard commission at Bloc Projects, Sheffield. She is co-editor of folio, a London/Istanbul publishing project set up with artist Merve Kaptan, which presents the work of artists on the flat page.