Are you in the wrong place or is the place wrong around you? It’s hard to tell sometimes. That’s just the kind of off-kilter place Tim Patrick and Maria Farrar will put you when you visit A Curious Struggle, an exhibition with an uncanny sense of the familiar and a disconcerting feeling of ‘otherness’. “The paintings are about the mystery that surrounds the way certain truths are illuminated when the time is right. Searching around in lost time and finding something we could relate to, we come closer to the present,” says Maria.
Tim Patrick’s paintings are about gloss and veneers, layers of reality, and meanings that lie just beneath the surface. There is a look and feel of something being witnessed in his paintings, but we’re never quite sure what. He looks for something mysterious and unsettled in his subjects; a disconnectedness where the situation, though familiar, has a sense of the ‘other’ about it.
Maria Farrar explores the extent that distance and closeness are necessary for understanding.
Maria references medieval tapestry and stained glass traditions, excerpting narrative but revealing no distinct story. Scenes are plucked out of time reconfigured and presented in such a way that they seem familiar, yet remain elusive. She is fascinated by the mysterious way truth is revealed in its own time.
About the Artists:
Before winning the Seoul University of Korea fine arts award for his graduate show last year, Tim Patrick studied classical painting in Florence for two years, has exhibited in the touring Jerwood Drawing Prize 2013 - 2014 and is currently on a full scholarship post graduate programme at The Prince’s Drawing School.
Maria Farrar graduated from the Ruskin in 2012, recently had a solo exhibition at the Philippine embassy, and is currently studying MFA Painting at the Slade on a full scholarship.
About the Gallery
Launched in late 2013 by director, Rebecca Fairman, ARTHOUSE1 is London's latest contemporary art space dedicated to showing and promoting both emerging and established artists. ARTHOUSE1 offers a unique and intimate gallery space, occupying the top floor of a large restored period townhouse in the heart of Bermondsey SE1.
Please see recent article by Edwin Heathcote FT ‘Why art galleries are moving back into domestic settings’