Between November 2018 and November 2019 CAS Artists James Aldridge (Wiltshire) and Karen Wood (London) have collaborated as Urban Rural Exchange.
Meeting for bi-monthly walks in Wiltshire and London, and maintaining a dialogue online via instagram @UrbanRuralExchange, James and Karen have documented their experiences of where they live and work, through collections, bundles, tape drawings and photographs.
On November 9th the Urban Rural Exchange exhibition will open at Spitalfields Studios in East London, sharing the artwork that has emerged out of this year-long exchange.
On November 2nd they will present ‘Beyond Binaries; collaborating as Urban Rural Exchange’ at the Laboratory of Dissent Inside/Outside Symposium. The artists will share the value and impact of their collaboration for their individual practices and sense of identity. Join us to explore how place-based arts practices can support a developing awareness of what exists ‘beyond the binary’.
‘For me our collaboration is about taking these identities, that we, our work and our home environments have been given, and exploring them. Blurring the boundaries between them and by doing so deconstructing the labels.’
– James Aldridge