Exhibition

Paul Kessling 'Above above' Paintings from the Private Road and other British Landscapes

26 Oct 2012 – 27 Nov 2012

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Modern Artists Gallery

Reading, United Kingdom

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Paul Kessling 'Above above' Launches at The Modern Artists Gallery

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Paul Kessling's scythe like eye has been harvesting acres of sky, sea, and land for this new series of work. In the deep glowing colours of Waterville we see a Homeric sea road sliced and stacked on top of itself, caught mid-slosh, and held momentarily solid by a force of aesthetic craftsmanship. Kessling invites us to be truant from our usual visual habits, to rescan our personal panorama. In his video diptych, Above, above, of a split mirrored Irish sky, he imposingly tampers with the usually understood physics of the natural world by doubling the sky and sending reflective images colliding into themselves. Kessling, here, as elsewhere in his work, generously offers us the impossible — an experience no less of viewing a cloud scudded sky as if for the first time. Through the segmenting, re-purposing, and displacement of the physical environment, as in this series of Private Road paintings, our innate response to landscape is challenged. The sublime and phenomenal experience of the natural world, that normally sits as just mere backdrop, has been lifted by Kessling to become a participatory realm which elicits fundamental questions of what it is to inhabit this considerable world.' David Martin Oxford University Press 2012 Paul Kessling 'Above above' opens 26th October 2012 at The Modern Artists Gallery Berkshire UK

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