Phoebe Collings-James: Who Blows The Horn?

Picture Room is pleased to present its second exhibition featuring London-based artist Phoebe Collings-James. Her work spans various mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture, sound, video, and performance.

The works in this show are a meditation on the rhythms of drawing, revealing itself in gouges, ink scrawls, and pooling glazes, across two materially distinct but overlapping aspects of the artist’s practice.

Derived from a poem created during the ritual of a tarot circle, the exhibition’s title Who Blows The Horn? ruminates on the process of becoming and being in relation to self or community, echoed in the chimera ink drawing and the self birthing legs from the large-scale clay painting. Collings-James traverses a precarious edge, reckoning with the seeking of justice and knowledge, by way of an evocative symbology.

Collings-James is currently featured in a solo exhibition A Scratch! A Scratch! at Camden Art Centre, London, on view through December 23, 2021.

Phoebe Collings-James, b. 1987, lives and works in London. She has shown work internationally, including shows at the Studio Museum in Harlem, 315 Gallery, New York; Arcadia Missa, London; the Venice Biennale; and Liste Art Fair, Basel. Collings-James has had performances and screenings at the Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Sonic Acts, Amsterdam; Café Oto, London; and Palais de Tokyo, Paris. She has released original productions with SERAFINE369 and Takuroku Records. Collings-James’ Mudbelly ceramics studio encompasses a shop and a teaching facility offering free ceramics courses for Black people in London, taught by Black ceramicists.

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Photo credit: Janna Tew

Nov 30th 2021