A SITE FOR SORE TIMES
Gallery 1010 (UTK) / 1150 McCalla Ave. August 9, 2019 - August 12, 2019
A Site For Sore Times is the first solo exhibition for Primrose Coke, since her departure from England in 2007. The show an installation of drawings, sculpture and delicate paper quilts transform the gallery into a construction zone. Landscapes drawn frantically with charcoal on dull pink floor liner paper, traffic cones fashioned from plaster and painted with the ground pigments of iron rock, surround the sink hole drawings on the gallery floor. A safety barrier made from stitched painted paper, keeps you within the 'safety zone'.
Primrose comes from the patchwork landscapes of rural England. Ancient hedgerows and a lonely corner Oak tell us stories from its agricultural past. Now in the deep wooded hollers of East Tennessee, she senses the coming of the blade. A cut in this land too, to make a road, a flat plot for another Baptist church, or Pancake House to sit. Her work incites awareness to a fragile future, a future where we stand on the edge of civilisation looking down at our past (environmental) mistakes.