msdm a nomadic house-studio-gallery for photographic art and curatorial research, an expanded practice of the artist's book, photobook publishing and peer-to-peer collaboration created by contemporary artist paula roush

Tender Cups
(10 found bras with 10 poems about absent breasts)

 

The collection of prints and book works uses ready-made material:
visual - 10 bras found in the street and individually photographed in the genre of studio portrait, digitally processed  and printed in different sizes and substrates using xerographic and silkscreen printing; each bra photowork stands as a surrogate for the owner’s breasts; and
textual - 10 poems about absent breasts, with words sampled and redirected  from a range of discourses, including autobiography, testimony, art history, internet research, medical case studies, lingerie advertising, women;s writing, feminist and queer gender theories, and social media.

Tender Cups  is structured around "the breast" in content and embodiment, amplified with contemporary anxieties around gender and auto-fiction.  As a visual object that adopts the form of the book, TENDER CUPS doesn’t fit into neat book categories (as a photobook or a literary book) the same way ‘breasts’ destabilise binary definitions of gender/sexuality, and (un)fit/(un)healthy bodies.
Format and binding invoke the chest in a non-binary way, symmetric and assymetric, flat and three-dimensional. Whilst the photographs of bras are presented as mono and duotone prints, the textual elements are visually composed as breasts-sentences with an anatomical reference that supplements breasts' absence from the  pages

In terms of genealogy of a practice, the book relates to
Gertrude Stein's experimental use of everyday objects and language  (the title is a hommage to Tender Buttons) and Martha Hall’s  artists books ( breast and medicine, as in The Rest of My Life II).


 

 

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Tender Cups
(10 found bras with 10 poems about absent breasts)
54 pages, 24cm x 16.75 cm (folded)
Loose folios: 10 photographs and 10 visual poems in 20 folds + assorted inserts
Colour laser print, monotone process on 157gsm matt paper, unbound
Cover: silkscreen print wrap on 200 gsm fabriano paper
Edition of 1

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Tender Cups wall installation, photographic silkscreen prints on Fabriano paper, mono and duotones 
24 prints, with 5 film acetates, 242 cm x 340 cm  shelf installation, 5 busts with artist’s book and boxes, 22cm x 458 cm x 2 cm Installation view msdm House-Studio-Gallery

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Tender Cups wall installation, photographic silkscreen prints on Fabriano paper, mono and duotones 
24 prints, with 5 film acetates, 242 cm x 340 cm  Installation detail msdm House-Studio-Gallery

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Tender Cups Shelf installation, 10 photographs and 10 visual poems in 20 folios 24cm x 16.75 cm (folded) Installation detail msdm House-Studio-Gallery

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Tender Cups Shelf installation, 10 photographs and 10 visual poems in 20 folios 24cm x 16.75 cm (folded) Installation detail msdm House-Studio-Gallery

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Tender Cups Shelf installation, 10 photographs and 10 visual poems in 20 folios 24cm x 16.75 cm (folded) Installation detail msdm House-Studio-Gallery

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Tender Cups Shelf installation, 10 photographs and 10 visual poems in 20 folios 24cm x 16.75 cm (folded) Installation detail msdm House-Studio-Gallery

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Tender Cups Table installation, 10 photographs and 10 visual poems in 20 folios 24cm x 16.75 cm (folded) Installation detail msdm House-Studio-Gallery

 

msdm   is  Mobile  Strategies  of  Display  &   Mediation
 a nomadic House — Studio — Gallery for photographic art
curatorial research, expanded practice of the artist's book
photobook publishing  and peer - to - peer collaborations 


by appointment only
please e-mail to schedule a visit

paula roush 
founder


paularoush@gmail.com

House—Studio—Gallery
London SE


msdm@msdm.org.uk

school of arts  & creative industries  
london south bank university


roushp@lsbu.org.uk