Pause for Living – Roxy Topia and Paddy Gould

Opening - Thurs 9th September, 5-8 pm

Open by appointment until 1st October          

At CBS we’re really happy to announce our next exhibition, Pause for Living, by Roxy Topia and Paddy Gould. Split over two different venues, CBS Gallery (Liverpool) and Pink Sands Studio (Birkenhead), the two shows are themed as seasonal issues, Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter.

Roxy and Paddy have been collaborating for 14 years in life and art and have been long-time friends of ours at CBS so it’s with great pleasure that we host this long overdue (and pandemic-delayed) exhibition in partnership with Pink Sands Studio.

“In the mid 20th century Coca Cola began releasing a free advertising pamphlet called ‘Pause for Living’. Four colourful seasonal issues a year offered hosting advice, illustrated crafting ideas and party tips; aimed at housewives and reminding them to entertain with Coke.

Fast forward to 2020, what a year for us all.

This work was mostly completed last year but it was started a year or so before. Our grappling with a more settled and tbh more boring lifestyle was only exacerbated by the onset of lockdown. Our rented home environment, full of objects, plants and knick-knacks all became close friends for better or worse. Time spent reflecting on nomadic yearnings, handed down aspirations, nostalgic longing, self-sufficiency and daily routines; values that are advertised to us by objects in the home; all in a moment like none any of us had ever experienced.

We present still lives, paintings and sculptural vignettes that attempt to capture a mixture of feelings and changeable emotions. (Objects which further clutter our lives lol). We can’t say that everything that happened in 2020 was all bad, amongst some very painful times there were some positive outcomes. Let’s just say we tried to ‘PFL’ and be ok with it.”

Roxy & Paddy

Pause for Living is split over two venues.

Pause for Living, SPRING/SUMMER at CBS Gallery, 63 Blundell Street, Liverpool, L1 0AJ.

Opening - Thurs 9th September, 5-8 pm

Open by appointment until 26th September.

Pause for Living, AUTUMN/WINTER at Pink Sands Studio, 28C Argyle Street, Birkenhead, CH41 6AE.

Opening - Sat 18th September, 2-5pm

Open by appointment until 3rd October.

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