Thursday, December 12, 2013

Paul Merrick & Mike Pratt: "RIFF" BALTIC|39, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Image Left: Paul Merrick Untitled (Studio Door) 2013, Door, oil paint, turps, primer, glue, 164 x 84 cm

Image Right: Mike Pratt Yellow Painting, 2013, Wax, oil pigment, wood and foam, 183.5 x 122 x 13 cm

Courtesy of the artists and Workplace Gallery, UK.



High Bridge Street

Newcastle upon Tyne



Private View:

Thursday 12th December, 2013

19:00 - 21:00



12 December 2013 - 19 January 2014.


Tom and Simon Bloor, Fiona Curran, Daniel Eatock, Steven Emmanuel, Johannes Evers, Nadine Feinson, Tommy Grace & Kate Owens, Albert Irvin, ISLET, Peter Lamb, Andrew Maughan, Paul Merrick, Ewan Jones Morris, Flore Nove-Josserand, Ciara Phillips, Mike Pratt, David Sherry, Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle


RIFF is part of RIFF/T, a two-part exhibition that explores and attempts to evaluate the current state of painting, through an investigation into abstraction and representation. Divided into sequential parts, a focus is placed upon the opposing themes of the harmonious riff and the discordant rift. The exhibition posits that contemporary painterly practice has moved beyond the canvas and incorporates a wide range of media from installation to video, all the while referencing, mimicking and pushing ideas integral to painting itself. RIFF/T seeks to highlight trends, facets and approaches particular to painting, today.


RIFF explores a sense of fluency and unity found in abstraction. Rhythm and abstraction converge in a choir of repeating marks, stock images, signature forms and colours. The exhibition installation seeks to evoke a holistic riff, a curatorial orchestration in which individual signatures and marks echo and repeat between the works on show.

RIFF culminates in a night of live performances by artist David Sherry, and by four-piece band ISLET with long time collaborator Ewan Jones Morris.

RIFF is curated by Matthew Hearn in collaboration with Thomas Whittle.


Part two of the exhibition, RIFT, curated by Matthew Hearn in collaboration with Sebastian Trend, runs January 22 - March 2, 2014.


RIF/T is curated by Hang Gang: Matthew Hearn in collaboration with Thomas Whittle and Sebastian Trend



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