Thursday, April 19, 2012

Paul Merrick: "Malerei: Painting As Object" New Bridge Space, Newcastle, UK

Paul Merrick: "Malerei: Painting As Object" New Bridge Space, Newcastle, UK
Image: Flag 2011 Fluorescent Strip Lights and Fittings, 121 x 243 x 13cm. courtesy of the artist and Workplace Gallery, UK. (photo: Thierry Bal)

Malerei: Painting As Object

Helen Baker, Phyllida Barlow, Virginia Bodman, Sarah Bowker-Jones, Sean Edwards, Alexis Harding, Gabriel Hartley, Natalie Gale, Paul Merrick, Rudolf Polanszky and Sarah Kate Wilson

NewBridge Space
18 New Bridge Street West
Newcastle upon Tyne
Sat 21 April - Sat 26 May
12:00-1800 Mon- Sat
PV: Fri 20 April 2012, 18:00-21:00

"If destiny will grant me enough time I shall discover an international language which will endure forever and which will continue to enrich itself… its name will be Malerei painting."
Hans K. Roethel and Jean K. Benjamin,  Kandinsky (Oxford: Phaidon Press, 1979), p13.

Malerei: Painting As Object investigates painting as a process, its guises and paint as a substance. Each artist shares a love of material and the qualities of their 'thing-ness', whether it's colour, oozing oil paint, balloons, cellophane or jesmonite. The artists however do not remain slavish to the visceral but also embody and appropriate particular areas of Paintings' history in their multidisciplinary practices. Artists will reveal a painterly investigation of the Modernist concern 'objecthood', Postmodern eclecticism and the Post-production - trend of continuous re-working.

Curated by Sarah Bowker-Jones, Natalie Gale and Sarah Kate Wilson