Paul McGowan presents Precipice exhibition at Eden Project (news)

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Acclaimed artist Paul McGowan will bring his new show, titled Precipice, to the Eden Project this winter.

Precipice is part of Paul’s Blockhead project – a series of collaborations with other artists, including celebrated songwriter and guitarist Gary Lucas, who is probably best known for his work with Jeff Buckley and Captain Beefheart.

Gary has composed and recorded the audio for the exhibition. Called Music for the Eden Project, it is being released on seven inch green vinyl by 5nakefork Records.

The other artists working with Paul for Blockhead are Chris Stocker, Hin (Philip Pak Hin Chiu), Samuel Webster, Mark Lascelles Thornton and Justin Pearce. The exhibition will include paintings, installations and audio pieces.

Paul told SouthWestShows: “I’m really excited about this project, it’s one of the biggest and most important things I’ve ever done and it’s incredible to be working with such an amazing group of artists.

“The collaboration was a hugely rewarding process. Each artist had a simple brief and were given free reign to interpret it however they wanted and the results were amazing.”

The Blockhead collaborators have only released one artwork previous to this exhibition, a triptych titled The Divinity of Monsters that was donated to Cornish autism charity Spectrum for their auction.

The auction included works by Damien Hirst, Chris Levine, Rankin and Stella Vine among others. The Divinity of Monsters fetched the highest price on the night, raising more than £6,000 for Spectrum, with whom Paul has worked extensively.

Paul’s controversial artwork Bad Ladder is one of the pieces that will be part of the Eden exhibition. The installation made international news in June when it was on show at the Mauger Modern Art gallery in London and was mistaken for a bomb.

Precipice will be launched at Eden’s Arts Cafe on November 5, a monthly club night featuring live music, DJs and art. The exhibition will be on display on the mezzanine floor of Eden’s Core building until December 13. Entry is included in the standard admission fee. Tickets for November’s Arts Cafe cost £7 and include a free drink if booked in advance. See the Eden Project website for details.

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