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HYPERSURFACE - Painting in a virtual world

31 May 2008 – 12 Jul 2008

Rod Barton

London, United Kingdom

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HYPERSURFACE - Painting in a virtual world

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31st May — 12th July 2008 Preview: Friday 30th May, 6-9pm Organised in partnership with Rod Barton Invites. Curated by Michael Stubbs. Diann Bauer Ian Monroe Perry Roberts Danny Rolph Jost Muenster DJ Simpson Michael Stubbs Caragh Thuring The artists in this exhibition take process painting into the 21st century by engaging with the flattened visual space of digital media which has increasingly become part of our everyday experience. The artists in Hypersurface accelerate the prescribed languages of hand-made paintings and objects (or painted objects) by acknowledging their relationship to virtual and digital media. These artists make object/paintings in the understanding that the ‘non-space' of the flat world of the computer screen and virtual terminal creates a complex relationship with the artist making and the object made in physical space. Some of these artists reference and incorporate the digital into the very fabric or surfaces of their works (Muenster, Monroe, Stubbs). Others re-contextualise the making of object/paintings by reconfiguring the printed images of art history and popular culture (Roberts, Rolph, Thuring). Others still prefer to extend outward from the flat world of the digital surface through a process of re-building into the physical world (Bauer, Simpson). However, all seamlessly and repeatedly cross-over these distinctions - operating through any one or all of them simultaneously. For these artists, making object/paintings in relation to the immediacy of non-physical virtual communication means that an expanded palette of cultural references becomes available; any useful signifier from art history and popular culture can be recovered or re-mixed as seems necessary. Commission from exhibition sales will support the development of visual arts in Oxfordshire through the work of OVADA. For further information and images please contact Sophie Williamson; sophiewilliamson@ovada.org.uk OVADA Gallery 21 Gloucester Green Oxford OX1 2AQ www.ovada.org.uk Rod Barton Invites www.rodbarton.com

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