Exhibition runs 21 April – 26 May 2012
Open Monday – Saturday 12 – 6pm
Evening preview Friday 20th April from 6pm
Natalie Gale, Obsess, 2011, Gesso, oil and pigment on mdf, courtesy the artist
Helen Baker, Phyllida Barlow, Virginia Bodman, Sarah Bowker-Jones, Sean Edwards, Natalie Gale,
Alexis Harding, Gabriel Hartley, Paul Merrick, Rudolf Polanszky, Sarah Kate Wilson
“If destiny will grant me enough time I shall discover an international language which will endure forever and which will continue to enrich itself…its name will be Malerei [painting].”
Hans K. Roethel and Jean K. Benjamin, Kandinsky (Oxford: Phaidon Press, 1979), p13.
Malerei: Painting As Object investigates painting as a process, its guises and paint as a substance. Each artist shares a love of material and the qualities of their ‘thing-ness’, whether it’s colour, oozing oil paint, balloons, cellophane or jesmonite. The artists however do not remain slavish to the visceral but also embody and appropriate particular areas of Paintings’ history in their multidisciplinary practices. Malerei: Painting As Object will reveal a painterly investigation of the Modernist concern ‘objecthood’, Postmodern eclecticism and the Post-production – trend of continuous re-working.
Alexis Harding, Clockwise Stoppage (8.30pm – 5am), 2011, Gloss and oil paint on MDF, 120cm diameter
Sarah Kate Wilson, Frisklesque, 2011, Balloons and staples on panel, 35 x 35cm
Gabriel Hartley, Clout, 2011, Paper, resin, fibreglass, 163x190x200cm approx
Installation view (Foreground Phyllida Barlow, Object for a Table, 2009, Concrete, cardboard, chicken wire, spray paint and g-plan table, 71x76x76cm)
Alexis Harding, Absorbency Retreat, 2011, Studio bin, oil paint, gloss paint, masking tape
Paul Merrick, Flag, 2011, Fluorescent strip lights and fittings, 121x242x13cm