'All is more is nothing'

17 Mar 2016 – 18 Apr 2016

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10.00 - 14.00hrs Mon - Fri

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Free admission

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Screaming Gander Contemporary Art

Manchester, United Kingdom


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  • New Islington tram stop 2 mins walk
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New installation of paintings and sculptures by Ian Rayer-Smith now extended until 18th April


This exhibition explores the notion of sublimity in contemporary art - the artist’s quest to create something beautiful, thus having the power to provoke an emotional response. It is akin to how a piece of music can reduce you to tears.   Sublimity is a recurring subject throughout art history, notably Barnet Newman’s 1948 article ‘Sublime is now’ and more recently Julian Bell’s ‘Contemporary Art and the Sublime’ discussing the sublime in a contemporary art context.  I am interested in when, as an artist one can create something that transcends the merely visual. I am concerned with aesthetics, the raw act of making, and when and how the results of this act create there own meaning.  

My work is heavily influenced by automatic production and human expression.  I explore using the conscious and sub-conscious through the act of making, a constant search for something. I see this as a journey that I hope will never reach its destination. The process of production is the work, whether this be drawing, painting or sculpture. Each piece is a mere calculation to the next step. It evolves through dialog between each drawing, painting and sculpture feeding into the next. I’m trying to avoid the recreation of something that already exists or even something that I have done before. I strive instead for a continual process of refreshment. I find reassurance from the quote from Richard Diebenkorn when he says “Don’t “discover” a subject — of any kind”.

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