Pit and Void Sequence
04/08 > 17/09
Simon Callery is a leading British artist known for works that place an emphasis
on the physical qualities of painting.
The title of this exhibition ‘Pit and Void Sequence’ draws our attention to the internal spaces that characterise the painting and the sets of relationships that bind the works in the show together.
The paintings are constructed to encourage the viewer to move from side -to -side in order to navigate and gain a grasp of the work. These works are experienced in motion – a challenge to the convention that defines painting as static and optical.
The artist has sustained a long term collaboration with archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology , University of Oxford, and has been witness to many archaeological excavations in the landscape. The range of soil colour, variety of form, materiality and temporal qualities of these sites have informed the painting.
These paintings are physical and the processes the canvas and wood go through in becoming painting are evident and traceble in the finished works. Canvasses are washed and coloured distemper is soaked in at high temperature. They are cut and punctured, sewn, stitched, stapled and pinned. The wooden stretchers project from the wall revealing the internal body of the painting. This space is as significant a part of the work as any conventional flat front plane.
Simon Callery works to find new forms and functions for contemporary painting. He has stated that he wants to find ways to give painting its body back and, as a consequence, the viewers a greater sense of their own.
SIMON CALLERY (°1960, London) lives and works in London. Selection of exhibitions: Young British Artists III, Saatchi Gallery, London (1994), Sensation, Royal Academy of the Arts, London (1997), Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (1998) and The Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York (1999), ARTNOW 19, solo, Tate Gallery, London (1999), Flat Paintings, solo, FOLD Gallery, London (2015).
Collections include: Tate, British Museum, Arts Council London, FRAC Puteaux, Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo, European Investment Bank, Luxemburg and many private collections in Europe and USA.