This exhibition brings together two painters with completely different approaches to their practice. Equilibrio will be creating a balanced tension and conversation between artists arriving from vastly different standpoints.
Jason Gregory’s recent paintings elicit an unsettled relationship with landscape and place, a fascination with the disconnect of border zones, abandoned objects, and a curiosity of foreign spaces.
Through hasty representation, paintings are created through empathetic experience and memory of places visited. Subjects extend into fictional compositions, which include references to local landscapes, a focal point for his painterly exploration. Jason’s paintings engage the viewer in the emotional, psychological states that landscape can inspirit, through which romantic and anxious tensions are discussed.
Situated between the mundane and mystical, a strange beauty is at the heart of Jason’s painting
Kelly Ewing is a recent graduate from Belfast School of Art, whose work is primarily concerned with painting and soft sculpture. Through Ewing’s practice, she navigates themes of abjection and the monstrous feminine, seeking to examine the relationship between the prior and the role they inhabit in forming the archetype of the ‘monstrous woman’ or ‘femme castratrice’. Her practice takes the form of painting, sculpture and installation, the main objective of which is to produce objects which inspire feelings of bodily horror and abjection, whilst subverting the viewers understanding of the materiality and origins of the imagery being presented to them. Viewing painting as a performative three-dimensional activity allows for a painterly approach to objective sculpture and installation.
Jason Gregory is from Tonypandy, South Wales whilst Kelly Ewing is from Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Both were the joint winners of the 2018 Beep Painting Prize.