PAUL CATON
I go shopping for the cars and then take them home and set them on fire. It's a boy's thing and it
is fun. Then I take them out and make photographs with the help of my friend Jess, a hostile
environment photographer. They might look like real cars, grown up ones, burnt out in a
wasteland or an urban backwater. Their scale has been confused and this can be disorienting.
But they are toys, look twice and you will see. You might find them disturbing, and they are. As
though the innocence has been lost or abandoned. I try to make things that hold a certain
responsibility. It is about growing up and being good. And about the real. I also hope the work has
compassion. An empathy for the lost soul. But to have fun making, to allow yourself that and to be
alive. Like ideas of beauty and the bad - that one cannot exist without the other. They will
ultimately corrupt themselves.


Education:

2003-05 MA Fine Art, Central Saint Martins School of Art, London
1998-2002 BA Hons. Fine Art, Chelsea School of Art, London

Selected Exhibitions:

Solo:

September 2003. Defeating the Object. The Foundry, London

Group:

October 2006. Zoo Art Fair, London. (with the Bearspace)
April 2006. Vacant & Violent, the Bearspace, London
September 2005. MA Fine Art Degree Show, Central Saint Martins, London
May 2005. Big Makes Me Feel Good: Triangle Space, Chelsea School of Art, London
April 2005. On the Underbelly, The Green, Clerkenwell, London
Febuary 2005. Leviathan (curated by JJ Charlesworth) Candid Gallery, London
May 2004. Field, (as artist and curator) The Foundry, London
July 2002, Degree Show, Chelsea School of Art, London
Febuary 2002, Showcase 2, Chelsea School of Art, London
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