thewindshow@cpt is proud to present Fancy by Robert Rivers and Seán Boylan.
A collaborative conversation between Boylan and Rivers, Fancy explores the Jean Antoine Watteau painting L’Enseigne de Gersaint. Originally painted as a sign for the art dealer Edme Francois Gersaint in 1720, Watteau’s painting is executed across two canvases. Fancy moves between two divisions of windows that are split between two separate vantages.
Watteau’s painting occupies both the inside and outside attendance of space. Rivers supports this sense of presence with fabric pieces that move between the interior shadowy and smokey depths that entice and the wistful street that invites us into the image.
Boylan’s paintings focus our attention on individuals absorbed within the environment of Watteau’s original painting. However, stripping the specific and unifying setting from these characters, Boylan concentrates their attention to a now ambiguous space.
Surface texture and spatial theatrics animate the perspective of the space itself. Rivers’s fabrics move across horizontal and vertical planes of illusion, whilst Boylan’s paintings reveal characters somewhere in between coming into being or fading away. Both artists’ individual works distinctly use Watteau’s ethereal qualities, but adjacent to one another, an innate singular quality emerges.
Robert Rivers, born Guildford 1983. Recent shows include Premonitions TAP, Southend 2013, Big Dinner Limbo, Margate 2013 andThe Slade MFA Degree Show 2013.
Seán Boylan, born USA 1984. Recent shows include Saatchi Gallery and Channel Four’s New Sensations 2013, Right Ascension/Wrong Declension Old Tidemill School 2013, The Slade MFA Degree Show2013, and You Are There Performance Space London 2013.
Coming up at thewindshow will be our first collaboration with Graduate Painting at the Slade School of Art, UCL. From November 2 – 12, four Slade graduate painters will respond to the theme of ‘Colour’ for thewindshow exhibition space at Camden People’s Theatre. From November 12 – 19, another 4 Slade graduate painters will present artwork under the theme of ‘Drawing’. Then, from November 20 to December 2, thewindshow is delighted to highlight the Slade Print Fair with a display of prints from the Slade.
The Slade Print Fair is a pioneering initiative to celebrate print and printmaking to raise scholarship funds for Slade students. The Print Fair features prints for salde donated by Slade staff, students and alumni, and an edition of prints created specially for the Fair by Phyllida Barlow, Professor Emerita at the Slade. Invited artists have also generously donated prints, which are for available for sale in an on-line auction.
The Slade graduate painters participating in ‘Colour’ at thewindshow are Jennifer Campbell, Sarah Cameron, Lyndsey Gilmour and Aimee Sawicki
The Slade graduate painters participating in ‘Drawing’ are: Malgorzata Bany, Emily Hawes, Mathew Morris and Noga Schatz.
The Slade Print Fair runs from Nov 28 – Nove 30 at the Slade Research Centre. Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AE.
For more information, please go to http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slade/events/slade-print-fair
The paintings created for the exhibition ‘Tinted’ are developments from an ongoing series of ‘durational paintings’ a term Wilson has coined to describe works that have a predestined ‘lifespan’. By ‘Tinting’ the light, the intensity of colours will continually alter throughout the day and be engulfed by night.
The use of ephemeral readymades such as gels and dollies conjure a lo-fi stained glass window. Made by hand in a higgledy-piggledy manner, Wilson challenges the hierarchies attached to traditional stained glass usually reserved for churches and other significant buildings. Coloured glass and intricate lead work is substituted for translucent pink, yellow and orange sheets of theatre gels and decorative gold and silver plastic dollies.
Sarah Kate Wilson completed her MFA Painting at The Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2010. Recent exhibitions include; Part Three: Oblique Exchange, APT Gallery, London, 2013; Uncle Vern’s Dog, Gallery North, Newcastle, 2013, A Wall is a Surface, curated by LeandaKateLouise, London, 2012; Jerwood Drawing Prize 2012, Short-listed, (Touring); Malerei; Painting as Object, (Touring), 2012. Recently she was awarded AHRC funding for her PhD research at Leeds University 2013-2017.
Here are a few words by Mark about his upcoming show:
‘Art is born of the observation and investigation of nature.’ Cicero (106 BC- 43 BC)
The window acts as a mediator, the link between the performance and the audience. It is a stage on which the performer performs, and which the audience view, an audience that are in the age of mass media and decipher imagery like Turing would, who flick through a glossy magazine, where the ‘now’ culture is all consuming, who are bombarded with high speed broadband, which overflows with information.
This space offers great exposure, offering art to the masses in a forward and direct way. I am very nervous about this level of exposure, showing work in its infancy to a large number is daunting but also stimulating.
This show at the Camden People’s Theatre has allowed me to exhibit a new body of work, which I feel is at the start of an investigation into a way of working that deals with the application of paint, the physicality of mark making, and has traits of ‘automatism’ embedded within it.
As an artist, I have always been fascinated with visual culture and ‘the act of looking’ has manifested itself into these paintings which are exhibited at CPT. The works are populated with strong, striking figures, held within an environment which both references the narrative of the source material and the ‘gestural’ mark making style.
‘The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.’ Aristotle (383 BC – 322 BC)
Mark John Evans