Paul Merrick

unpainting / \ resurfacing

18 September – 17 October 2015
Artists Reception: Thursday 1 October from 6pm – 8:00pm
Artists Talk: 7pm

UH Galleries opens its Autumn 2015 exhibition season with unpainting \ / resurfacing, a remarkable exploration of the process of painting which focusses on doing, undoing, layering and revealing in the work of seven UK-based contemporary painters. unpainting \ / resurfacing showcases new work by Daniel Davies, Sarah Dunn, Peter Lamb, Paul Merrick, Jost Münster, Alexis Teplin and Finbar Ward.
Examining abstract paintings and the art of bricolage – the process of creating work from diverse materials and concepts – the exhibition presents paintings not as inert objects but as reactive combinations of layers. Rather than focussing on the ‘finished’ work the paintings are in a constant state of flux, with ‘work in progress’ and ‘process’ regarded as ends in themselves.

The participating artists defy easy definition, and, like their predecessors throughout painting’s long and varied history, they bring a very personal vocabulary of recurring marks, motifs and patterns to their work. Responsive to the onslaught of digital imagery, the cultural trends and behaviours, which assail us every day, the painters in unpainting \ / resurfacing are thoroughly rooted in contemporary experience.

Daniel Davies’ paintings tile, repeat and reproduce. Critiquing superficial daily encounters with poor-quality images on the internet, Davies gives this source imagery renewed physical presence, layering the low-resolution images and embellishing them with his own hand-rendered language of gestural marks.

Sarah Dunn’s Flooded Margins reworks an existing sculpture, deconstructing a large architectural column into a series of floor based sculptures. Assembled from hundreds of pastel coloured panels, the abstract ‘painted’ surfaces are in fact used ‘colour catcher’ sheets processed through the mechanics of a washing machine.

Peter Lamb’s paintings are based on a never-ending process of reworking images. Starting with photographs of his studio, he repeatedly reprints, rescales and repaints, creating an entangled web of self-references.

Paul Merrick’s approach to painting draws together elements of the ‘made’ and the ‘ready-made’. Incorporating materials like building supplies and furniture, Merrick will create a new floor based work assembled from reclaimed card tables. Scuffed, faded and varying in sizes, shapes and tones, these works offer pure expressions of materiality, surface and form.

Jost Münster un-paints existing work, reworking and working over the top of older paintings. By undoing their existing form, literally cutting them up into tiles or swatches, Münster creates new works, which retain traces of an ‘original’. Developing this idea Münster now makes paintings exclusively for the purpose of reworking them.

With a strong relationship to sculpture and performance Alexis Teplin’s practice is rooted in abstract painting. Inspired by art historical references ranging from Rococo to 20th-century avantgarde, her exuberant abstract works explore the history of painting and femininity.

Finbar Ward’s stretchers and stray timbers are stacked, packed and compressed in forms and motifs that allude to the tradition of minimalist painting. Anxieties regarding the validity and status of painting have become a driving force in Ward’s work, where he endeavours to keep us looking and subvert the ‘deathlike’ state of the ‘finished’ painting.

University of Hertfordshire Galleries

Art & Design Gallery
College Lane Campus,
Hertfordshire AL10 9AB United Kingdom
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Exeter Contemporary Open 2015


11 September – 31 October 2015

Preview: Thursday 10 September, 6 – 8.30pm with presentation at 7pm

Exeter Phoenix is pleased to present Exeter Contemporary Open 2015, which is an annual, open submission exhibition that presents work from some of the most exciting emerging and established artists from across the UK.

This year, celebrating its 10th year, the selection panel consisted of artist Sean Edwards, artist, writer and curator Cedar Lewisohn, independent curator Jennie Syson and Phoenix Gallery curator Matt Burrows.

The fourteen selected artists are:



Beyond The Goldmine Standard

An exhibition of LPs and 12″ Singles reworked by artists.
Join us for a special Super Saturday instore at RPM Music
LP Sale and Publication Launch TODAY 9:30-19:00

RPM Music
4 Old George Yard, NE1 1EZ Newcastle upon Tyne
Every Monday for the last six weeks a new batch of artist re-worked LPs have been released in RPM Music, Newcastle as part of Beyond the Goldmine Standard. Involving 59 artists and totalling a collection of 67 records, the walls and shelves of RPM Music are now brimming with an ecclectic selection of these re-imagined albums.
Whilst we might recognise certain symbolic, personal and cultural value in the presence of writing or other visible interventions on the surface of record covers, another register of value, the Goldmine Standard, sees such ‘residue’ as marring or detrimental to a record’s corresponding worth. Beyond the Goldmine Standard deems differently, and has been an invitation to think beyond such regimented classification.In the spirit of Beyond the Goldmine Standard RPM Music will be celebrating second-hand records throughout the day with drinks, nibbles and exclusive discounts on second hand vinyl from 9.30am.

From 5pm a large selection of the artist re-worked LPs will be for sale at a fixed price of £50 alongside the launch of a very limited 12″ x 12″ publication cataloguing the project.

As well as the last chance to see all the records and maybe purchase one for yourself,  there will be a special performance by artist Nicola Singh of her response to Prince and The Revolution, Around the World in a Day.

BEYOND THE GOLDMINE STANDARD: Neil Armstrong, Phil Ashcroft, Oliver Beck, Cath Campbell, Katy Cole, Tim Croft, Katie Cuddon, Gordon, Dalton, Daniel Davies, Jessica Dolby, Graham Dolphin. Jennifer Douglas, Ryan Doyle, Sarah Dunn, Graeme Durant, Mark Edwards, Lizzie Feather, Phil Frankland, Susie Green, Mark Gubb, Aaron Guy, Madeline Hall, Laura Harrington, Kate Hawkins, Joss Humberstone, Laurence Kavanagh, Nick Kennedy, Rachel Lancaster, Claire Lavender, Kate Liston, Toby Phips Lloyd, Sally Lockey, Rob Lowe, Steven Lowery, Kevin Mason, Andrew Maughan, Luke McCreadie, Paul Merrick, Rosie Morris, Michael Mulvihill, Annie O’Donnell, Oliver Perry, Theresa Poulton, Mike Pratt, Narbi Price, Christopher Rollen, Kuba Ryniewicz, Adam Shield, Jamie Shovlin, Ross Sinclair, Nicola Singh, Paul Smith, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Sebastian Trend, Carl von Weiler, Craig Puranen Wilson & Lady Annabella Marczewska, Flora Whiteley, Gethin Wyn Jones