Horsfield's Seven Panels are beautiful, intriguing images made more intense and mysterious by the very method and material they're made of. He's a true pioneer, restlessly experimenting with new media (as some great artists do), in this case gesso coated oak panels, printed with layer upon layer of ink and coated with wax. The build up pushes the image forward so that it feels hyper present; a peony becomes intensely delicate or the dead fish intensely wet. These works link to still life paintings that have been made over the centuries, by artists such as Manet, Melendez, Dürer or Velazquez - whose paintings Horsfield, who is associated with the development of ideas of relation and slow time, has studied through a lifetime, attentive to the form, the disturbance, the vision each artist brings and their search to find a way of making an image that will be completed by every viewer who sees it over time.
Craigie Horsfield (*1949) has had major exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Basel (Basel, 2012), MHKA (Antwerp, 2011), Museo di Capodimonte, (Naples, 2008); Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, 2007), Jeu de Paume (Paris, 2006), Centro de ArteModerna – Fundacao Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon, 2006); he participated in Documenta X and XI (Kassel, 1997, 2002) and the Whitney Biennial (New York, 2004). His work is in many public collections (including the Tate Gallery, London; Whitney Museum, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco and Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam), along with private collections worldwide. In 1996 Horsfield was nominated for theTurner Prize.
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