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27th September 2011, 4:38pm
Lincoln academic’s Bulgarian exhibition explores ruin in reverse
Visitors admire Dr Shepley's work Dr Alec Shepley, Head of the Lincoln School of Art and Design, is exhibiting in Bulgaria until 4 October.

Entitled Distance 2, the exhibition comprises assemblages and collages, photographs and drawings, by Dr Shepley and fellow UK artist John McClenaghen.

The exhibition, at the National Academy of Art in Sofia, forms a part of a much broader research project in which the two artists are investigating the presentation of the fragmented work and the ‘unfinished’ project.

Aspects of dilapidation, ruin and entropy are explored and much of the work in this exhibition focuses on the notion of the ‘ruin in reverse’ - coming into being as opposed to being left to decay.

Dr Shepley said: “The work resulting from the research project demonstrates a seemingly endless preoccupation with cutting, placing, re-cutting and re-placing, joining and un-joining, telescoping between making and un-making, and the eventual ‘dis-assembly’ or collapse of the outcome.”

The show will be accompanied by a limited edition publication and a joint lecture by both artists in the gallery to discuss the aspects of the work in more detail and provide a forum to debate the media, materials, processes and ideas involved and the contextual underpinning.

See images of pieces from the exhibition here:

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