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7 October – December 2017. Gallery One. Originally ‘classically’ trained in figurative or academic art, Evangelia Spiliopoulou has since developed a practice that seeks to expand the rules that she was taught and traditionally underpinning the act of making an artwork. For example, in her drawings she frequently imposes strict limitations or parameters that govern the development of the final imagery and employs unconventional tools that hide the evidence her own hand in the creation of the work.

For her latest exhibition Spiliopoulou has turned her critical eye to painting. Inspired by the post-industrial landscape of Rochdale and the language and creative options borrowed from the tradition of painting by today’s digital technology (for instance, the ‘landscape’ page orientation and the ‘artistic tools’ provided by the Microsoft Office Word programme), she has created a new body of work that aims to redefine our understanding of what a painting might be.

Supported by the Friends of Rochdale Art Gallery.

Image: Evangelia Spiliopoulou, Nowhere, 2017 (from the ongoing series of Microsoft Office Drawings, 2009). Courtesy of the artist.