private view 5th September

sharon hall

 

Accentata (Blu), 2019

 

Oil on canvas. 40.5 x 50.8 cm

 

robert holyhead

 

Untitled (Forms), 2017

 

Oil on canvas. 66 x 38.1cm

 

 

KATIE PRATT

 

Fastard (detail), 2017

 

Oil on canvas. 85 x 60cm

 

gina medcalf

 

Oplontic Room 66/4, 2018

 

Acrylic on canvas. 68.6 x 45.8 cm

 

 

David Rhodes

 

Untitled May 13, 2019

 

Acrylic on canvas. 38.1 x 35.56 cm

 

laurence Noga

 

Soft Orange Floating Blue, 2017

 

Collage­–acrylic, aluminum, wood, plastic.

 

34 x 49 cm

On a register beyond the historical category of ‘abstraction’, and the bounds of genre, painting emerges here neither as indebted and contingent upon material processes in time, nor aligned with a pure formalism that ostensibly stands apart from time’s passage, nor subsumed to the determinations of historical time. In its play, painting combats the passing of time whilst making time sensible.

 

Kamini Vellodi extract from catalogue essay Painting and Time  © 2019

 

 

The artists in this exhibition explore an idea of play and time and in particular, play in time. The works presented engage a concentrated field of activity, their singularity proposing an intimate address with the viewer, one where intensity and expression are allowed to co-exist with pre-formed strategies. Such an approach sees painting as a compression of time that demands unlocking. A conundrum that can only be resolved by the ‘play’ of each painting, whereby each, in their own way, provide very different solutions.  Using a devised set of actions or manoeuvres they often allow for intuition and improvisation albeit framed by a set of boundaries or procedural strategies, and yet never simply reducible to these strategies.  Repetition, structure, constructed elements and regulated gesture etc., are all used singly or in combination. For some colour is the prominent element, for others process, or even both.  For example, Gina Medcalf and Sharon Hall both use structures geared towards enabling a chromatic play, while David Rhodes and Robert Holyhead are attuned to the surface or spatial-making activities of gesture.  Laurence Noga and Katie Pratt, working from very different positions and outlooks, question whole-part continuities and the micro-macro constituents of making and looking. For each of these artists painting constitutes a way of being attuned to the intertwining of the internal formation of a work, and its pointing elsewhere.  This is not done through representation, didacticism, but rather, through a constructive and exploratory sense of play.

 

EXHIBITION  5 - 28th September 2019

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