‘Paint(consum)ing’ - Was an Exhibition at The Function Suite, 25 West Ham Lane, London, E15
It was open from 30/06/22 – 07/07/22.
It featured Lucy Evetts, Mandy Franca,
Adam Glibery, Aleksander Mechlinski, Antonio Parker Rees, Cyrus Shroff
Curated by Alexander Harding
the multiplicity of images, surfaces and screens within our culture is
overwhelming. The vibrancy, and frequency of data that flutters and dives from
the phone in your pocket to digital billboards, clashing against buses racing
past, can go unnoticed because it is so ever-present. This visual noise is
reminiscent of how images across history are now equalised, each as readily
available in digital spaces.
changed distribution and mediation of images has rendered history as a level
platform. Painting, in response to this world where everything is available,
all the time, provides artists with a methodology to repeat, digest and reflect
on images, reproducing them to mediate on their power and referentiality. Like
recounting a story again and again or chewing gum until the flavour goes away.
an image of vitality onto the medium, ‘Painting is eating itself’, through the
employment of memetic references, quotations and signs pulled from history. It
is a reflection of recent Prosumer capitalism, a Prosumer being an individual
that produces as well as one that consumes; think uploading and watching videos
on YouTube or scanning your items at a self-checkout.
instance of painting as a mode of production, including appropriation and the
assimilation of idiosyncratic references as part of the art-making process, is
indicative of painting itself being an act of consumption.
is an exhibition exploring contemporary painting practice and it’s expanded
fields, reflecting our networked culture and its systems of exchange.