We are delighted to announce a collaborative project with Southampton Solent University whom will be programming a series of exhibitions at the Bargate Monument Gallery across the first half of 2011.

Paul Vivian


Saturday March 12th – Monday March 21st

This solo presentation of current and recent work by Paul Vivian encompasses a series of objects, drawings and photography drawn from found subjects.

Vivian playfully transforms these materials conjuring unlikely apparitions and illusions. These works have there basis in notions of the Freud’s ‘Uncanny’ and of particular interest to Vivian is what he calls the ‘occult of the everyday’. These being objects contingently transformed to signs whose function could possibly contain a supernatural purpose.

Stationary, coffee cups, Take away leaflets, random images relay the repetition of office and domestic worlds. Vivian re-presents these materials in revelatory yet subtle ways.

Paul Vivian studied at Chelsea College of Art and Design and Norwich School of Art and Design. Previous exhibitions have included ‘Double Trouble’ and ‘Workplace of the Hereafter’ 2010 at Blyth Gallery, Imperial College London; Jerwood Drawing Prize 2009 Jerwood Space, London; ‘Conjunction 08’ Airspace Gallery Stoke on Trent and ‘Art Vaults 2008’ with ‘a space’ Southampton.

He lives and works in Caverhsam Berkshire and is currently Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Fine Art and Arts and Media with the University for the Creative Arts at Farnham, Surrey