Private view: Saturday 30 November 6.30 – 8.30 pm
‘The title Jackdaw comes from Kafka’s father’s business logo / family crest. The quote from Kafka is:
‘A picture of my existence…would show a useless wooden stake covered in snow… stuck loosely at a slant in the
ground in a ploughed field on the edge of a vast open plain on a dark winter night.’
- James Pyman, describing his drawing Jackdaw
Maureen Paley is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring Salvatore Arancio, Rachel Cattle & Steve Richards
and James Pyman. This project brings together drawing, etching, sound and video works, as well as sculpture.
Each artist explores the natural world hinting towards the super-natural and inexplicable. The works also
examine and quote from popular culture, fanzines and literary references creating an often ambiguous rendering of
their melancholic and inward visions.
Salvatore Arancio uses a range of media including photo etchings, collage, animation and video to produce works
that look to science and nature as sources of inspiration. Fascinated by founding myths and legends, Arancio
manipulates images to create new juxtapositions that are both beautifully evocative and deeply disquieting. Born in
Catania, Italy in 1974, Arancio lives and works in London. He received his MA in Photography from the Royal
College of Art. Recent solo exhibitions include Alternating Layers of Contrasting Resistance, Rowing, London,
UK; The Little Man of the Forest With the Big Hat, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome and MCZ-Museo Carlo Zauli,
Faenza, Italy, all in 2012. Group exhibitions this year include PROJECT 03: Data, Contemporary Art Society,
London, UK and Curiosity. Art & the Pleasure of Knowing (Hayward Touring), Turner Contemporary, Margate,
UK, touring to Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, UK, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, Ireland,
de Appel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Rachel Cattle and Steve Richards make short experimental films, publications and other ephemera. Their
collaborative practice employs outmoded technologies and low-fi materials, referencing cinema, popular culture and
music. By collaging together materials from multiple sources (including song lyrics, philosophical texts and
personal anecdotes) Cattle and Richards contemplate the fluidity of time and memory in an attempt to re-enliven the
past and de-stabilise the present. Recent projects include Videoteque, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh; Groove
Script, X Marks The Bökship, London; (Im)Possible School Book: As Found, Five Years, Tate Tanks, Tate Modern,
London; Poster Project, Clockwork, Berlin and Black Hole Hums B-Flat, a performance as part of the public
programme for Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark, Pioneers of the Downtown Scene, New York
1970s, Barbican Art Gallery, London.
James Pyman investigates how identity is defined by circumstance, geography and popular culture. His drawings
and writing has evolved across a range of forms including large-scale drawings, fictional biographies and artist
publications. The visual languages of children’s illustration, comic strips and other graphic narrative forms are used
as a vocabulary with which to communicate complex social ideas. Pyman lives and works in Sheffield and London.
He has held solo exhibitions at Maureen Paley, London, 2010 and S1 Artspace, Sheffield, 2006. Group exhibitions
include Creative Time Comics, Creative Time, New York, 2009 and Cult Fiction, which toured to New Art Gallery
Walsall, Walsall; Nottingham Castle Museum, Nottingham and Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds. In 2008 he
collaborated with Four Corners Books to produce an illustrated edition of Bram Stoker's Dracula. In 2012, he
completed Upper Mill, a large-scale outdoor artwork commissioned by The Hepworth Wakefield.