Saturday, 24 January 2015

Bruno Dunley / George Braque

George Braque
Clarinet and Bottle of Rum on a Mantelpiece
oil on canvas
81 x 60 cm

Bruno Dunley (BR)
oil on canvas
200 x 150 cm

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Damien Meade / All Dead Painters

Hand stencils
Cueva de El Castillo
Cantabria, Spain
c. 35,000 BCE

People die, and things survive them. We look for meaning everywhere, fervently in the things of the dead. But some of these things are constructed in such a way that they seem to activate and respond to our random projections, feeding on them, and swelling into a feedback loop of call and response. Paintings are these things. C.S. Peirce defines an index as a category of sign that maintains a physical tie to its referent. Every painting is indexical, an index of consciousness itself. In work, every painter is like a deaf-mute. So in death, there is no voice lost, but consciousness prevails.
Damien Meade, 2014

Damien Meade (IE/BG)
oil on linen on board
46.5 x 35.5 cm


Damien Meade (IE/BG)
Structure no.2
oil on linen on board
42 x 52 cm

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Bart Vandevijvere / Marthe Wéry

Marthe Wéry
acrylic on wood
59 x 51 cm

The wonderful fundamental and a-referent painting of Marthe Wéry has a high sensitivity. The perception of it demands an open, unconditioned attitude: a slow process, as the opposite of today's quick and pre-cooked consumerism.
The work 'Toru' refers to a same kind of spirit and painterly approach. It's dedicated to the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.
Bart Vandevijvere, 2014

'... painting is the creation of an analogy for the invisible and the unintelligible, which should become figure and should become accessible ... Good paintings are therefore incomprehensible ... They are incomprehensible so that they cannot be consumed and remain essential ...' 
Gerhard Richter quoted in an essay by Benjamin H.D. Buchloh, entitled 'Richter's facture: between the synecdoche and the spectacle'

Bart Vandevijvere (BE)
acrylic, water on canvas
100 x 80 cm