RIFF/TBALTIC 39, High Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1EW
Tom and Simon Bloor, Alfred Boman, Fiona Curran, Daniel Eatock, Steven Emmanuel, Johannes Evers, Nadine Feinson, Tommy Grace & Kate Owens, Albert Irvin, Ewan Jones-Morris, Peter Lamb, Andrew Maughan, Paul Merrick, Flore Nove-Josserand, Ciara Phillips, Mike Pratt, Dave Sherry, Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle.
Curated by Matthew Hearn & Thomas Whittle
RIFF/T is a two part exhibition about painting, abstraction, representation and their respective expanded fields. Divided into two sequential parts, the works presented focus upon the opposing themes of the harmonious RIFF, and discordant RIFT. Utilising a range of media that reference, mimic and push both ideas particular to painting, and the processes of painting itself, RIFF/T seeks to highlight particular trends, facets and approaches particular to the medium, now.
RIFF explores a sense of fluency and unity found in abstraction. Within the works in the exhibition, rhythm and abstraction converge in a choir of repeating marks, stock images, signature forms and colours. The exhibition installation seeks to evoke a holistic RIFF, a curatorial orchestration in which the individual signatures and marks echo and repeat between the works on show.
Amidst traces of the previous exhibition RIFT amplifies a sense of rupture and re-composition. Highlighting processes of vandalism and corruption within the works on show, RIFT gives credence to error, accident and chance. Referencing art history and popular culture, altering imagery and changing surface details, the idea of representation is opened up to new abstracted possibilities.
RIFF/T follows on from a recent collaboration between Hearn, Trend and Whittle under the moniker of The Hang Gang during an AA2A residency at Northumbria University culminating in The Hang Gang presents RIP, 36 Lime Street Gallery, July, 2013.
SURFACEThe Civic, Hanson Street, Barnsley, S70 2HZ
David Batchelor, Jacob Dahlgren, Ian Davenport, Jennifer Douglas, Dale Holmes, Gary Hume, David Leapman, Paul Merrick, Julie Newton, Yinka Shonibare, DJ Simpson and Richard Woods
Surface brings together a selection of paintings by established artists from the Arts Council collection which investigate the themes of painting, materials, surface and abstraction in order to present a recent history of these developments in art.
Recent large-scale survey exhibitions have demonstrated a renewed interest in artworks’ materiality and surfaces, and a resurgent interest in abstract painting. Exhibitions such as the British Art Show 7: In the days of the Comet and The Indiscipline of Painting: International Abstraction from 1960 to Now presented works that complicate the distinctions between painting and sculpture and raised challenging questions about the processes and techniques of contemporary art production.
Jointly curated by the Gallery@ The Civic and British painter and PhD student at the University of Sheffield, Dale Holmes, Surface brings together a selection of paintings by established artists from the Arts Council collection – as well as emerging and mid-career local artists – which investigate the themes of painting, materials, surface and abstraction in order to present a recent history of these developments in art, and to help create new audiences for contemporary painting.
Tip of the IcebergContemporary Art Society 59 Central Street London EC1V 3AF
4th October 2013 – 3rd January 2014
Tip of the Iceberg is an exhibition, curated by Mark Doyle and Rebecca Morrill, that offers audiences in London the chance to see work by 28 of these artists. It is the fourth in the guest-curated PROJECTS series, which takes place at Contemporary Art Society’s headquarters: 59 Central Street.
The exhibition features work by Iain Andrews, Eric Bainbridge, Catherine Bertola, Andrew Bracey, Pavel Büchler, Tony Charles, James Clarkson, Rachael Clewlow, Samantha Donnelly, Graham Dolphin, Leo Fitzmaurice, Susie Green, Dave Griffiths, Mary Griffiths, Matthew Houlding, Nick Kennedy, Laura Lancaster, Harry Meadley, Paul Merrick, Tim Machin, Anne Vibeke Mou, Michael Mulvihill, Emily Speed, David Steans, Cecilia Stenbom, Matt Stokes, Imogen Stidworthyand Rafal Topolewski.