Immodest Gestures & Irrational Thoughts
7th October – 14th November 2015
Anna Schwartz Gallery
This exhibition — comprising three works — is the outcome of Nolan’s continued interest in the complexity of the art object (process, materials, scale, content, history) and the ways in which it can both transform, and be transformed by the space (architectural site, social and cultural context) in which it is placed. This is further enhanced by its relationship to the viewer in real time and space.
Big Words (Not Mine) Irrational thoughts should be followed absolutely and logically (circle work) is a large, suspended, multi-curved, curtain like structure, constructed with the circle (8,860 of them to be precise) and the grid, blurring the boundaries between front and back; between painting, sculpture, and architecture. Form and content are enmeshed and the process indicates an obvious predilection for repetition, counting and manual labour. A process sometimes — and by necessity — shared with others in the making of the work, contributing to an embedded or latent energy contained within its structure. Materials include paint and hessian, but also materials of a more ephemeral nature such as time, space, light and language. The piece also functions as a backdrop for possible activity forming momentarily inhabitable nooks for the visitor to hide, contemplate or socialize.
Immodest Gestures # 1 and #2 (propositions for a billboard) bring together the ongoing series of black and white photographs documenting my studio process known as ‘Me Working’, and their historical point of reference — the black and white studio shots of Jackson Pollock famously taken by Hans Namuth over 60 years ago. With an interest in the performative nature of the artist in action in the studio, rather than Jackson Pollock in particular, these images are playfully and mischievously brought into dialogue with each other for the first time as halftone screen prints.