Christiane Bergelt, Olarn Chiaravanont, Michael Lawton, Rasmus Nilausen, Catherine Parsonage, Ross Taylor
curated by Michael Lawton
28.01 – 04.03.2018
“The information on the walls was arranged so densely it was difficult to see individual items, it was a mess of symbols and images, of photographs, notes and paintings. There were representations of everything, a greasy pillow, Nordic House, a haircut, there were flying things to disrupt surveillance, lamplighters, scalphunters, shoemakers, parts of bodies pinned together with stumps jutting out, a croissant, markings that formed a kind of grate. Dissemblance and figuration, gigantic floating franken-symbols, small icons, the votive, the iconoclastic, politics, botany, the aquatic, hobbies, male pattern baldness, growing plants, a vessel of some kind, a stomach swilling and churning, paintings gone bad, a painting going well, a lone shoe in the street, a monster, a knight, an angel, mutterings and anti-mandalas, a waterfall.”
From “The Polycephalus”
“As I took her arm she stared through my face at the dark branches of the trees over my head” is an exhibition that gathers together the work of six painters for whom words; written, read, spoken or forgotten, act as stimuli to their painting practice.
The show explores this liminal area between the visual and the literary, the painted and the written; the point when one becomes the other or doesn’t or can’t. The six painters think about how they might answer the question of how to paint about writing.
Michael Lawton has curated the exhibition and written an accompanying text, “The Polycepahlus,” representative of his research. The hypothesis of this research is that the best writing to accompany an artwork is a work of fiction, narratives that exist in the world that the viewer enters when they encounter the artwork: texts written for paintings rather than about them. The world of this particular narrative has been further inspired by interviews conducted with the five other artists in the preceding months.
“As I took her arm she stared through my face at the dark branches of the trees over my head” è una mostra che riunisce il lavoro di sei pittori, le cui parole, scritte, lette, parlate o dimenticate, agiscono come stimoli per la loro pratica pittorica.
L’esposizione esplora il confine tra il visuale e il letterario, il dipinto e lo scritto, il punto in cui uno diventa l’altro oppure no. I sei pittori riflettono su come dovrebbero rispondere alla domanda: come dipingere la scrittura?
Il progetto è a cura di Michael Lawton autore di “The Polycepahlus,” testo di accompagnamento alla mostra e rappresentativo della sua ricerca, la cui ipotesi è che la migliore scrittura per accompagnare un’opera sia la narrativa. Racconti che esistono nel mondo in cui lo spettatore entra quando incontra il quadro: testi scritti per i dipinti più che su di essi. Il mondo di queste particolari narrazioni è stato inoltre ispirato dalle interviste intercorse con gli altri cinque artisti durante i mesi precedenti.
As I Took Her Arms She Stared Through My Face at the Dark Branches of the Trees over My Head exhibition view
Rasmus Nilausen, Burning Bush, 2017, oil on linen, 92 x 65 cm
Christiane Bergelt (Frank Sulfur Incense) purple lack ultra chat, 2016, Mixed media on paper, 22,5 x 19,6 cm framed
Christiane Bergelt (Frank Sulfur Incense), Pizzette, 2017, mixed media on paper, 28,6 x 23,7 cm framed
As I Took Her Arms She Stared Through My Face at the Dark Branches of the Trees over My Head, exhibition view
Olarn Chiaravanont, Pensive Hour, 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 50x55cm
Rasmus Nilausen, Untitled, 2017, oil and acrylic on linen, 30 x 40 cm
Ross Taylor, The back of the cave (cokey snot blood), 2011-18, oil paint, oil pastel, pencil and graphite on paper, 67 x 51 cm
Catherine Parsonage, Untitled (She was like none of these), 2018, acrylic on canvas, 28 x 35 cm
Ross Taylor, The Night Walker (1), 2011-18, Oil paint, oil pastel, pencil and graphite on paper, Dimensions Variable
Christiane Bergelt, (Frank Sulfur Incense) Tact, 2017, Mixed media on paper, 32,7 x 29,4 cm