exhibitions & events 2023
Two-Step: Playing Up
Glasgow Print Studio First Floor Gallery
Exhibition Runs: 07 April - 20 May 2023
Preview: Thursday 06 April, 6-8pm
Two-Step: Playing Up
Beth Shapeero & Fraser Taylor
GPS present Playing Up, a solo exhibition of new work by artist duo Two-Step (Beth Shapeero and Fraser Taylor).
Beth Shapeero and Fraser Taylor began their collaboration Two-Step after meeting and discovering one another’s practice in 2017 while on residency at the Studio Pavilion at House for an Art Lover, Glasgow. They took their first steps working together at Glasgow Print Studio in 2018, where they developed their individual aesthetics into a new language of rhythm and mark. Together they have established an improvised, somewhat unconventional, and fast-paced screenprinting practice.
"Our screenprinting process is invigorating, our collaboration pushes us to try new things, test our boundaries and consistently surprises us. We have great trust and respect in one another which allows us to take risks and go against our normal systems of making. This disruption, aligned with a rigorous process, results in work which we find truly exciting. Our ability to work with one another and find so much joy in both the process of making and what we produce, feels vigorous and distinct."
Beth Shapeero & Fraser Taylor, 2023
Playing Up presents a new scale of print, the artists working at a size that is slightly too large, a little too uncomfortable, resulting in a variety of “errors” and strange marks. They characteristically lean into these unanticipated directions, exploring the work that emerges, which can be chaotic, or murky. They play from within the mess with intent. The back and forth of their interaction is fast paced, harmonious and in sync, like a dance.
Beth Shapeero (b.1985) is an emerging artist from Nottingham who has lived and worked in Glasgow since 2011. She graduated with a BA in Fine Art (Hons) at Nottingham Trent University in 2008 before relocating to Glasgow for the MLitt in Fine Art Practice in 2011. Fraser, originally from Glasgow, is an established artist and has spent a significant part of his career working in Chicago where he was a faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He graduated from GSA in 1981 with a BA in Printed Textiles and an MA in 1983 from the RCA in London. Alongside fellow RCA students David Band, Brian Bolger and Helen Manning, Taylor co-founded The Cloth, a highly influential 80’s creative studio focused on contemporary textile design and production. The Cloth worked with high profile clients such as Calvin Klein and Yves Saint Laurent, Spandau Ballet and Aztec Camera. Since 1983 Taylor has exhibited extensively in the UK, Europe, Asia and US. He returned to live and work in Glasgow in 2017.
Image: 'Two-Step Playing Up', diptych, 2 x silkscreen monoprints each 82 x 127cm. Two-Step (Beth Shapeero & Fraser Taylor) working together at Glasgow Print Studio, image by Jess Holdengarde. All works courtesy of the Artists and Glasgow Print Studio.