A key question in my work is whether a subject is necessary; can a structure bring a subject forth? This does not mean that I am not drawn to, or that I do not choose a subject. But I lose the subject for a new one to be found in the process; I lose the subject in the structure that turns it into something else. I attempt to explore haptic and optic visualities embodied in art objects that form a hypostatic union, invoking a sort of dream or subconscious presence based on these experiences. Source material of urban landscape, portraiture and collage serve to provide structures or motifs that these processes and notions hang on. For some time my work has explored ideas of movement and semi controlled painting by using household paint, and domestic materials such as coaxial cable to explore the edges of abstraction, figuration and the art object. Recently I have been dealing with nocturnal phenomena and the way imagery appears through a process of painting; with household paint and oil paint that serve as counterpoint approaches. This process interests me in the way that images are allowed to emerge and disappear. Coupled with this is a process of work with portraits or the figure that explores collaged layers from magazines through the process of painting, this provides the means to allow the identity of the figure to appear and disappear at the same time as is the case with nocturnal images.
Studio 453b Phoenix Arts Association
10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton
PIPPY HOULDSWORTH GALLERY, London presents RUTH CLAXTON - Specular Spectacular
7 June - 6 July 2013
Specular Spectacular is a complex maze that occupies the 'centre stage' of the gallery.
Interconnecting structures hold mirrors that both become part of and reflect the installation itself.
Worlds within worlds are housed here, and inhabited by found figurines that are themselves swallowed up by amorphous reflective masks.
The show is a reflection of Liu Bolin's multifaceted and complex view of contemporary society and culture. The critically acclaimed and internationally renowned artist will release the first works of a new series, Hiding in California.