Marcus Cope: 'Don't Fill My Head with Your Subversive Nonsense'

6 Aug 2010 – 29 Aug 2010

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12 - 6 pm Wednesday - Sunday or by appointment


London, United Kingdom


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  • 8,67,149,242,243,388
  • Liverpool Street / Old Street and Shoreditch High St. overground

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'Don't Fill my Head with your Subversive Nonsense'


Cope's work as a painter liberates itself from all easy categorisation by presenting himself and us with problems not to solve but to question. Again and again. The image-maker simultaneously as iconoclast, perhaps: not dilettante eclecticism, but a sardonic joy and (at one and the same time) delighted cynicism at the limitless (im)possibilities of painting. Of course he can paint photo-realistically (who couldn't in any case learn?) Of course he can adapt tropes, seize on motifs, deconstruct the canvas, make a mess. But there's more, there's always more: with energy, imagination and sly wit each painting thwarts its own outcome (what, Cope might ask, is the point of painting when the result is a foregone conclusion?) Within each canvas there are points at which, the result already apparent he (clearly) takes off at once down some non-signposted path.

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