15th November to 4th December
In this exhibition held in conjunction with Sladmore Contemporary, Nancy Cadogan explores the subject of books through the genre of still life. A series of intimate oil paintings presents the closed book mostly alone, sometimes stacked, framed or floating in colour fields, and often placed next to a single object. Here to the left of Keats we see a pink shell, there a tea cup balances on a Tiffany blue stack of F. Scott Fitzgerald, a red ribbon drops curling into the foreground of The Scarlet Letter. Each paired down composition invites contemplation, because it keys into our instinct to read things. We want to make sense of these relationships. Do these objects relate to the story within the pages? Why has the Cadogan placed a Lindt chocolate bear next to three horizontal volumes of Dickens? Do the titles give us a clue? The answers, we discover, are revealed to those who give these paintings time.
Martin Jennings lives and works in Oxford. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors. He has sculpted many prominent figures from the worlds of politics, the military, royalty, academia, literature, industry, medicine and the law. His statue of John Betjeman at St Pancras station is now a celebrated London landmark adored by the travelling public. A dynamic statue of George Orwell by Jennings has recently been unveiled at BBC Broadcasting House in central London.