TWO-FOLD

 

6th September to 20th September 2019

 

A kind of magic takes place when painters ‘re-present’ something. We take an idea, feeling or thing and present it, record it and draw attention to its potential. We also conjure something other by painting it, and reveal what is hidden in it through the act of painting.

 

The activity is a complex and primitive one, worked out in and through the painting process itself. It requires intuition and discipline, to orchestrate a multitude of seemingly arbitrary possibilities. And we alternate our responses between seeing the marked surface of registration and endeavouring to facilitate the subject matter at hand. Our intention is to combine these two aspects and generate worlds through depiction, which we unlock, extend, increase and multiply on a 2-dimensional surface.

 

TWO-FOLD is an exhibition of contemporary painting by 20 artists from the UK, Europe and Canada, with an emphasis on representation, the painted surface and how subject matter is sustained and extended through depiction. The title of the show also refers to a painting problem identified by Philosopher on Art Richard Wollheim, who investigated our capacity to experience both a depiction and the means by which a depiction has taken place in a painting. He said we witness one experience with two aspects - one experience, therefore, under its own terms.

 

I believe paintings have internal and external agendas, their own magic. They could even be said to be sculptural - ‘independent pictures’ - free from the constraints of conventional viewing. And we no longer need to see a painting as only a convincing scene or an illusion. Instead it is an independent thing with its own laws, operating alongside convention and tradition as points of reference.

 

This exhibition seeks to present 20 opportunities to witness an experience, demonstrated in the idiosyncratic way each painter has re-presented the familiar and the unfamiliar. Each painter responds to representation differently, setting up their own twofoldedness and vantage points for seeing the depicted content and seeing the fact that we are in the presence of a painted picture.

 

Keith Ashcroft

Exhibiting Painter and curator of TWO-FOLD

 

Exhibiting Artists:

 

Keith Ashcroft, Richard Baker, Simon Burton, Chris Gilvan-Cartwright, Jake Clark, Sam Douglas, Martin Golland, Steph Goodger, Ian Hartshorne, Thomas Hylander, Lisa Ivory,  Phil King, Fischer Mustin, David R Newton, Tom Palin, Mandy Payne, Joseph O’Rourke, Paul Smith, Duncan Swann, Joanna Whittle

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TWO-FOLD opens with a preview on Friday 6th September from 6-9pm. The exhibition continues from Saturday 7th to Friday 20th September, 12-4pm daily and by appointment. Please email: oceansapartgallery@gmail.com

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