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
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TITLE WORK: Tender Cups
TITLE EXHIBITION: Ten found bras
with ten poems about absent breasts
AUTHOR: paula roush
GALLERY: msdm House-Studio-Gallery
DATE: 2019

MEDIUM: installation
and photobookwork





 

PHOTOBOOKWORK
PAGES: 54
DIMENSIONS: 24cm x 16.75 cm 
PAPER: 157gsm matt paper
BINDING: Unbound
COVER: Silkscreen printed wrap cover
on 200 gsm fabriano paper
PROCESS: Laser print and silkscreen
COLOUR: Colour monotone process
EDITION: 1
PUBLISHER: msdm publications
YEAR: 2016

INSTALLATION
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
Table installation:
20 folios 24cm x 16.75 cm
(folded)

See the installation here 
And the 3-d model of the
space here

ABOUT THE WORK
Body and gender are the centre of Tender Cups, even though the body itself is never shown, being instead represented by bras. Photographed in the genre lof studio portrait, the bras are rendered flawless via photoshop retouching techniques and printed in different sizes and substrates using laser and silkscreen printing.
The disembodied appearance of these photographs is challenged by the use of visceral ready-made language appropriated  from writing on breasts, sourced from medical and  theoretical discourses, autobiography, testimony, art history, internet research, lingerie advertising, women's writing, feminist and queer gender theories, and social media.

Tender Cups is structured around "the breast" in content and medium, amplified with contemporary anxieties around gender and auto-fiction. 
As a visual object that adopts the form of the book, it 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 wall installation, photographic silkscreen prints on Fabriano paper, mono and duotones 
24 prints, with 5 film acetates, 242 cm x 340 cm  on the plynth photobookwork Installation view 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

 

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
[within a covid safety framework]

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