We have been invited as associated artists for two years at the University of Art and Culture at Kent University, based in Paris. In february, we organised an exhibition of a selection of paintings and sketchbooks, alongside a live performance and live drawing projections in La Grande Salle of Reid Hall, Paris 6.
Duo show at the Vortex Gallery, Huddesfield, England
Exhibition, concert and live drawing on two overhead projectors.
October – November 2017
Duo show at the Premier Regard Gallery, Paris 15th
From the 28th of September to the 23rd of October
with Rob and Alice
Duo exhibition in Paris, Reid Hall
The World Is So Small It’s Enormous
An exhibition of drawings and lithographs by Alice Gauthier and Rob Miles.
Learn Lithography with Alice!
Alice will be running stone lithography workshops and classes from January 2017. Weekend workshops of 2 days, evening classes and collaborations. For more details click here.
December 2016 – April 2017
Rob and Robert
Rob’s print ‘No More Heroes’ – a drawing of Robert Rauschenberg’s Erased De Kooning Drawing (1953) will be on display in London at Marcus Campbell Books opposite Tate Modern, to coincide with the Rauschenberg retrospective
NO MORE HEROES (2012) – Etching and aquatint.
A conversation piece. No More Heroes is a replica of Robert Rauschenberg’s iconoclastic work, Erased De Kooning Drawing (1953). It is a print executed with the copperplate etching process, using wax resist and aquatint (as opposed to any photographic processes), and drawn by hand. I have chosen this medium because it is an expensive, lengthy, and frustrating procedure. I was responding to Rauschenberg’s decision to painstakingly erase a drawing by Willem De Kooning, an artist he admired, thereby questioning the possibilities of creation through destruction, and exploring ideas of authorship and the anxiety of influence. My effort was born from my high regard for Rauschenberg’s work, and my interest in the apparent futilityof going to such lengths to meticulously recreate a ‘nothingness’. I also considered Rauschenberg’s decision to frame the picture, which declares it not just aconceptual piece but also a celebration of incidental marks. I wanted to glorify the physicality of these remnants by etching them into copper, a response which in turn raises questions of the commodification of masterpieces. I have perhaps ended up reversing the intention of Rauschenberg’s act by, in a sense, erasing his erasure.
Fresh off the press
New Prints and Drawings from Alice:
Kent in Paris
We are very pleased to have been invited to be ‘Associate Artists’ at The University of Kent Paris School. We will be talking with the students, presenting our work and possibly collaborating with them. This will conclude in an exhibition at Reid Hall in Paris in March 2017… More details to come!
July – August 2016
RA Summer Show
Look out for Rob’s lithograph, ‘Even we, sometimes, make mistakes (I)’ on display at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London until 16 August!
A show in a castle !
Exhibition in a castle in Theizé, close to Lyon. During ‘Les Rencontres de Theizé’ Theatre festival, Rob and Alice showed a selection of prints and drawings.
Sunday 12th June. 11am – 8pm
Artists Alice Gauthier & Rob Miles welcome you to visit their new studios, where they make lithographs, drawings and paintings.
Crocolitho. Les Grands Voisins, 82 Avenue Denfert Rochereau, Paris 75014. Pierre-Petit building, Garden Level, Door 4.
November 2015 – June 2016
New (old) press!
Our attention was drawn to an advert placed by 87 year old printer, Monsieur Henri Monnier, who was finally parting with his stone lithography press. We visited his amazing studio in the 12th in Paris – a dark and dusty remnant of another time, heated and blackened by his coal burning stove. His offer included not only a beautiful press, but also stones, rollers, inks, paper, chemicals – almost everything we needed to get set up! Since it is a dream of ours to have our own press in order to really experiment with our drawings through lithography without restriction, we knew we had to go for it.
This easy decision was followed by a lot of hard work! Firstly the logistics of how and where we could set this machine up properly. We eventually managed to find a good space in Les Grands Voisins, a dynamic project in the 14th in Paris that is regenerating the site of an old hospital, with all sorts of interesting startups and activities. We were allocated a space in the old X-Ray room, next to a photography studio that is setting up in the operating theatre!
After many days of heavy lifting, painting, building, trying to figure out how the press goes back together, and cleaning off years of coal smoke and grease, we are close to getting the new studio up and running…
Still a few essential materials to save up for, and a summer of tests and trials before we are in full production, but certainly feels like we have broken the back of the task (and almost our own as well!)
Exhausted and excited….
March – April 2016
at Seacourt Print Workshop, Northern Ireland. 18 March – 6th April 2016
We spent three weeks at Seacourt Print Studio in Bangor, who offer visiting artists unlimited use of the facilities in return for a two day workshop and an artist talk. This was a great opportunity for us to leave all the day-to-day obligations behind and focus entirely on making some new lithographs. Alice made a series of prints using the same set of drawings, but alternating layers and colours, ending up with 30 unique prints. Rob concentrated on a couple of meticulous prints, experimenting further with a technique involving screen printing gum-arabic onto the stone. We collaborated again on a smaller stone, making a five layer print based on drawings made at the Museum of Natural History in Dublin, where we visited for a few days on the way over. The workshop was good fun as well, we helped a group of 6 people to work together on a two layer print, explaining as much about the techniques and possibilities of lithography as we could in two days!
We had a great time, the staff and members were incredibly welcome and supportive. We were sad to have to leave Northern Ireland to go back to Paris! We hope to return and perhaps make the most of some of the other techniques available.
Images of the lithographs we made on the residency can be seen on the PRINT section of this site. They are available for sale – this will help us save for the necessary materials to set up our own studio in Paris!
Read more about our stay and Seacourt Print Studio here