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Different Kinds of Matter: Propositions on the conditions of contemporary painting languages

KEY, Sarah (2014) Different Kinds of Matter: Propositions on the conditions of contemporary painting languages. [Show/Exhibition]

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Additional Information: The works explore the collapse of meaning within the conventions of ‘abstract’ and ‘figurative’ in the context of the pixelated image and digital renderings of space. The methodology is informed by debates in contemporary painting. For example, The Indiscipline of Painting considers contemporary abstract painting to be invested by a range of external visual languages that reflect the cultural world and, whilst maintaining some aspects of self-reflexive context, are no longer locked into a purely formal set of debates. The art historical context for this work is that of early to mid-century Modernist painting, where natural forms were methodologically driven towards the aesthetic conclusion of geometric abstraction; the work of Piet Mondrian, for example. The critical intent in the development of a visual language here is distinctly different, where the constructed forms that populate the work appear to float in an illusory space, rather than flattening out to a rendered surface to assert the materiality of the work as a priori. A contextual meaning emerges from this process, located within the possibilities of spatial relationships deriving from digital renderings of space, rather than the confines determined by paintings’ tendency towards formal self-reflexivity. A material question was formulated that used experimentation with oil and acrylic mediums, tested to articulate a range of surfaces that amplify the physicality of the work, paradoxically pushing the use of illusory image back to the surface. The geometric forms/imagery in the works have specific reference points, Natural Phenomena; Glaciers and Icecaps for example, suggesting the emergence of a broader contextual framework. This is where new meanings emerge that question the aesthetic and political values possible within contemporary painting. The body of work was disseminated at the New Court Gallery, Repton 14th Oct – 30th Nov 2014. Published by Tate/ Mead Gallery, 2012 Dr Jaap J.M. van der Meer. 1997. pub, New Holland
Faculty: School of Creative Arts and Engineering > Art and Design
Event Title: Different Kinds of Matter Propositions on the conditions of contemporary painting languages
Event Location: New Court Gallery, Repton
Event Dates: 14th Oct – 30th Nov 2014.
Depositing User: Library STORE team
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2019 11:02
Last Modified: 01 Feb 2019 11:02
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/5205

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