Sunbursts in the City of Shadows – John Bunker5. May - 28. May 12 / ended Unit 3 Projects
Saturdays 2-6pm (5, 12, 19, 26 May), or by appointment 07837 571184
New abstract paintings and constructions for a precarious present
''There is something simple but powerful about exposing the structure/skeleton of a painting – recycling its body parts – turning it both in on itself and out on the world. 'Sunbursts in the City of Shadows' works explicitly in the time-honoured dynamic of collage that is about rapidly responding to the immediate environment with whatever is to hand (both from the street and the studio). I find working with this tension between emerging structure and imminent collapse exhilarating. This approach to painting gives me a way of sensing the outside world and allows me to focus on how I process it internally.
''The twisting and the breaking of a paint covered canvas is like a kind of gestural drawing that works on the discoveries made in the improvised moment. Paradoxically this process highlights the sculptural aspects of painting as an object – something caught in a moment of transformation.
''It is in the rubric of abstraction that artists have historically tested the limits of what a painting might be. I set discovery via the contingent and impromptu against the the history of abstract painting – like an unstoppable force against an immovable object. I'm interested in how an abstract art can operate in the cracks and fissures in an image saturated consumer society. I would like to think that abstract languages in painting can act as a kind of cultural and personal critique.'' – JOHN BUNKER
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