Notes from The White Book

Principally sponsored by Essential Living, The Perfume Factory Gallery is envisioned as a preview facility for a larger, permanent gallery to be constructed on the same site in 2018. It is to be an important cultural centerpiece of the Old Oak and Park Royal development. The Perfume Factory Gallery is also sponsored by Aggregate Industries.

We are working closely with both established and emerging international artists to produce an innovative and relevant programme of free exhibitions across a range of mediums.

It is with enormous pleasure and anticipation that I host as our inaugural exhibition NOTES FROM THE WHITE BOOK; the latest instalment in a writing between practices which periodically brings together the work of Jo Chate and Sarah Dwyer.

Che Frantz

Gallery Director

Flesh, Tint, Fragments, Mistopia, Collapsing, Siniestro, Porous, Outskirts

Jo Chate and Sarah Dwyer

Private View: Thursday 6th July 2017, 6 – 8.30pm

Exhibition runs 7th – 29th July 2017, Tues – Sat 12 – 5pm

The Perfume Factory Gallery, The Perfume Factory, 140 Wales Farm Road, London W3 6UG. Directly opposite North Acton underground.

Jo Chate and Sarah Dwyer studied together at the Royal College of Art in 2004 and have been in conversation since. They often meet in each other’s studios to support and doubt, laugh and annoy; a dialogue grounded in mutual need and hunger to test what they are doing. Correlations as well as opposing positions are unearthed. The fragmentary nature o both artists’ work when seen together sets up a fictional, non-sequential narrative and through the playful use of light and line both artists’ works become not quite locatable.

This exhibition explores the nature of the ongoing dialogues, of continuity and departure through print, collage, painting and sculpture. The show is experimental in nature, with both artists showing work on paper alongside their paintings for the first time.

Jo Chate’s works of fragmented places and spaces, broken mannequins, momentary glimpses all recombine to create forms of multiplicity where there’s no single point of view, narratives with no order, no beginning, no end, open.

The paintings engage with the distorting effect of memory and through layers of paint suggest multiple possible realities. Jo Chate essentially explores the space between the real and the imagined – like the cinema screen bringing together the waking world and the dream with no boundary, no division – porous and translucent.

This show represents a work in progress unfolding in a transitory state, open to possibilities through the process of making and doubt, thought and immediacy.

Sarah Dwyer’s process of conceiving an image is rooted in the line; always retaining the impulsive nature of drawing. A scratched mark might suggest the contours of a landscape, a stream carved out of a hillside, a figure or a portrait. The form that finds its way through always settles back into an unresolved entanglement, where the pictorial narrative is in constant flux.

Her work is suggestive of personal and shared histories; drawing on myth, religion and psychoanalysis, existing on the outskirts of understanding.

The opening of this exhibition coincides with the publication of Notes from the White Book.

For gallery and sponsorship information please contact:

Che Frantz +44(0)7818 405 991,

For further press information please contact:

Jo Chate or Sarah Dwyer