Below: Jennifer Douglas Misery #2 (Acid Green) , 2012 Cellotape and VHS tape on Plexiglass and foam (JD0064)
Bottom: Jacob Dahlgren Porto 1968, 2011 Clothes Hangers and aluminium (JDA0097)
Courtesy of the artists and Workplace Gallery, UK
Date: Thursday 18 July - Friday 6 September Venue: Gallery@ Time: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Tickets: FREE ADMISSION
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.
Workplace Gallery is a contemporary art gallery run by artists.
Based in Gateshead UK, Workplace Gallery represents a portfolio of emerging and established artists through the gallery programme, curatorial projects and international art fairs.