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Very Fantastically Arranged - Caragh Thuring


Very Fantastically Arranged is a richly illustrated first monograph of artist Caragh
Thuring, whose unique and layered paintings invite a boundless reimagining of her
subjects. This dedicated volume is the first to comprehensively document the work of Caragh Thuring, the London-based painter and artist. With over 200 images of Thuring's work, as well as written contributions by Laura Smith and Helen Marten, and a conversation with Ralph Rugoff, Very Fantastically Arranged offers an in-depth look into the themes, obsessions, and slippery subjects the artist investigates in her vibrant, multi-layered, paintings. The collision of natural and manufactured worlds runs throughout her practice, with recurring motifs of volcanoes, submarines, bricks, flora, tartan and human silhouettes.

Thuring paints fluidly and intuitively, without preparatory drawings, and arranges
imagery in opposition to familiar hierarchies. Her fractured yet deft compositions of
people and places create intriguingly disjunctive images that interweave technology,
humans, and nature. Thuring’s distillation of these subjects, reveals what lies beneath, destabilising the viewer, and forcing them to reconsider their experience and what they have been conditioned to overlook.

This volume reveals, as Laura Smith writes, Thuring's endeavour “to assemble, repeat and reconstruct details from her environment, biography and history into a new and ever-evolving narrative that is as much ours as it is hers to complete.”

Caragh Thuring was born in Brussels in 1972 and received a BA Hons in Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University in 1995. She has had solo exhibitions at Hastings
Contemporary, Chisenhale Gallery, London and in galleries across the globe, from
Luisa Strina Gallery in São Paulo, Corbett vs Dempsey in Chicago to Thomas Dane
Gallery in Naples, as well as group exhibitions including Mixing it Up; Painting Today at the Hayward Gallery in London. Her works are in the collections of Tate, England; Arts Council Collection, England; Government Art Collection, England; and Buffalo AKG Art Museum, Buffalo NY, USA, as well as private UK and international collections.

MIT, 2023
Softcover, 240pp
320 x 282mm

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