28th September – 5th November 2011
Anna Schwartz Gallery
This exhibition represents the most recent developments in the EPW: Silver project begun in 1995. Whereas the group of silver paintings exhibited at Anna Schwartz Gallery in 2006 focused on texture and materiality, this group of paintings made over a four-year period (2008−2011) primarily explores principles of construction.
The paintings are ‘built’ from various parts, canvas panels and planes of shaped chipboard. Whilst they have a three-dimensional aspect, they are still undoubtedly paintings. Though predominantly monochrome, they also incorporate black and white elements. The rough industrial surface of the chipboard adds additional texture, whilst in some works sand has been mixed into the paint.
A new dynamism activates these silver monochromes arising from an adherence to strong diagonal lines and planes. Many works take the rectangular canvas hung from one corner as their starting point. The forms: rectangles, squares, and triangles are combined in both formal and random ways. These basic principles generate multiple possibilities that are explored as variation on a theme.
Consistent with my multi-faceted practice, the research into the development of the silver monochrome runs parallel to that of the EPW: Polychrome. Both groups of work are done concurrently as are other separate bodies of work using drawing, collage and photography. In their exploration of texture and dynamism, the Silver Paintings also particularly link with my experimental music project The Donkey’s Tail, an open free-music ensemble. Formed in early 2007, the group have to-date released 50 studio and live CDs.