The artists in Surface To Air, different though they are, all share a focused engagement with the craft and material values relevant to painting. Materiality and the way it is articulated through surface and the physical handling of paint is central to an understanding of each artist’s practice. The paintings in Surface To Air use diverse imagery to address aspects of representation, including depiction and realism as well as abstraction. They have evolved not only through specific working processes but from diverse influences and source material. This includes direct observational drawing and the use of mediated images as the starting point for painting and reflects an awareness of legacies and traditions from Minimalism to Neo-Romanticism. From a curatorial perspective, the selection and juxtaposition of such diverse paintings highlights their autographic nature in the range and diversity of their technique and imagery, and one is made aware of how their particular concerns are articulated through form. It defines the implicit representational aspects of the works and also alludes to temporality, either demonstrated through the deployment of imagery or embodied within the physical production of the paintings. Curated by Mark Wright and Stuart Mackenzie with &Model (text by Mark Wright).
|Place of Publication||Leeds|
|Publication status||Published - 12 Nov 2015|