Carole Griffiths and Michael Stewart get together for Couples show at South Square

By Mark Sheerin | 12 January 2012
Colour photo of a pair of bakelite switches connected with a metal strip
Sculpture by Griffiths coupled with text by Stewart© Carole Griffiths and Michael Stewart
Exhibition: Carole Griffiths and Michael Stewart: Couples, South Square Centre, Bradford, until January 31 2012

Perhaps wisely, this show about real life couples appears to focus on oppositions and tensions. Who in their right mind would want to see a show filled with hearts and roses?

Instead, visitors to South Square will find knives and forks, hooks and eyes and other everyday objects which are in some way interdependent. Alongside these sculptures (the work of Griffiths) one finds pairs of complementary texts (by Stewart).

These texts formed the basis for the show after Stewart, a writer rather than an artist, spent time out and about observing couples in their natural habitat. Which makes the artworks here also portraits, but at one remove.

Although the pairing of Griffiths and Stewart is a temporary one, long gone are the days when Gilbert and George were the only artistic double act of note. So if the Bradford pair were to consider a follow up show, perhaps art world partnerships?

Which everyday objects might they hit upon to represent Elmgreen and Dragset, Langlands and Bell, or even the Chapman Brothers? Answers on a pair of postcards please.
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