A panel discussion to accompany the current exhibition as ‘RENDITION’. Headed by writer and curator Paul Carey-Kent and with a refresh hang of ‘ONE ARTIST ONE WALL’, the discussion will address the common threads running through the practice of the four artists Marta Kucsora, Dora Juhasz, Rebecca Meanley and Peter Matthews featured in the exhibition. The practice of these artists all involve a high degree of intuition and an element of chance.
The exhibition on the whole explores the inherent performance and processes involved in the creation of rhythms, visually present in abstract paintings.
Focused on finding patterns, flows, tempos, regular features, recurrent nature of elements within the works of these artist whose paintings results in a visual rhythmic and musical rendition to the viewer. The show attempts to deconstruct the process involved in such creations that generate such impulses and stimulate our visual senses. Exploring both the premeditated ‘conscious’ and chance ‘subconscious’ elements in achieving such rendition on the painting surface.
Searching for qualities perceived as ‘rhythmic’ and ‘musical’ in the actual formal structure these paintings as result of the transcendental mind. The works straddle the performative and the conceptual, the experimental with processes and material depending on how these artists experience time and space. Discovering the element of spontaneity combined with conscious mind, selecting, judging, organising and re-organising them into a cohesive whole that is visual music of compositions and brushwork. Using colour, form, repetition, layering and lyricism as the basis for expression.
The compositions created by layering and blending paint, rendering nature by using gradations of colour and repetitions of shapes, undulation and creating juxtapositions in these abstract works certainly compares to musical score and reinforces the principles of synaesthesia.
In Marta Kucsora’s works we witness abstraction through careful research, controlled planning and execution, exploring and experimenting with technique, composition and material. The result is a visual dialogue and expression created from a process of wiping, spraying, splatting, pushing, tilting, sprinkling, moving, tearing or displacement by wind or other natural interventions.
Peter Matthews known for works created from immersion in water, often floating or submerged in an ocean environment as a form of collaboration with nature. The artist’s high sensory works are created using both conventional and unconventional materials such as earth, ocean water and rust.
Dora Juhasz’s abstract paintings explore lyrical patterns that simultaneously suggest positive and negative forms through schematically arranged motifs. And certainly shows the work of an artist that understands the energies of colour.
Whilst Rebecca Meanley’s gestural abstract works seek to visually render unanticipated or inexplicable moments in the act of painting itself. A result of navigating the territory between the indeterminate, intuition and improvisation.
In view of the works in the exhibition our attention is guided by principles such as rhythm, melody and spacing evident in music as the source of creation for these artists as their is a practice from the depths of the inner self and very much the purest way to activate and present such captivating visual expression without recognisable imagery.
The extended exhibition curated by KB Stowe closes with this event.