Exhibition

Models and Materialities: Confabulation and the Contemporary Still life

1 Oct 2016 – 29 Oct 2016

Event times

Tuesday - Saturday 12 - 5pm

Bay Art

Cardiff, United Kingdom

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  • Cardiff Bay station

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This exhibition curated by Frances Woodley considers how contemporary painters approach still life through model making and materiality

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The exhibition considers how contemporary painters approach still life through model making and materiality. Contemporary still life at its most dynamic is always of its own time yet remains connected to a particular tradition of representation that goes back to sixteenth century Northern Europe. What makes this exhibition of contemporary British still life painting distinctive is the light it throws on the unusual ways in which certain painters realize the objects of their still life, either prior to or during the course of painting. For example, constructing models and maquettes or staging the seemingly non-descript provide points of departure for some. For others, it is alchemical processing, prospecting and playing with materiality that throws up the unforeseen and never-seen-before objects of their still lifes. These paintings of unnamable and reconfigured objects, defamiliarized objects in unfamiliar contexts, and objects generated out of the process of painting itself appear to be a particular feature of contemporary British painting of still life. ‘Models and Materialities’ explores a playfulness and unpredictability in a practice that tinkers with conventions and ambiguates tradition with variously absurd, pathetic or melancholic irony. Stuff and things are insufficient here; these paintings are concerned with newly invented objects driven by openness to tradition, playfulness with process, a contemporary world view, and imagination let loose.

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Curators

Frances Woodley

Exhibiting artists

Christopher Nurse

Alex Hanna

GL Brierley

Jonny Green

John Greenwood

Clare Chapman

Timothy Hon Hung Lee

Tim Dodds

Peter Jones

Laura Smith

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