FYI – Exhibition on now at Bartley & Company Art ‘Paint’

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FYI – Bartley & Company Art have an exhibition on now and running until 30 July in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington.

Bartley & Company Art are delighted to present an exhibition where paint itself is the star. Paint / material makes meaning. Narrative may exist but, in stark contrast to figurative painting, it’s not the primary driver for any of these artists. These artists are interested in exploring and pushing at the boundaries of what paint, and painting, can do. Paint itself is allowed to perform – its physicality is foregrounded – even though the artist is in the driver’s seat and underpinning that physicality with an intellectual engagement with art history that takes the work beyond the purely visual. There’s a sense of playing, having fun.

Helen Calder is concerned with how paint operates in space when freed of its traditional support on canvas: here paint pushes at its limits to adopt the terrain of sculpture.

In Catherine Clayton-Smith’s work, paint is a vehicle to record experience in a constructed personal visual language where form, drawn from memory and observation, teeters into abstraction.

Hamish Coleman’s signature use of interference oil paint, which changes colour in response to viewing angle, challenges the notion of paint and painting as static.

There’s something almost archeological in Cat Fooks paintings with layers of clashing and congealing paint built up and sculpted to create form and then depth.

Monique Lacey constructs new forms from crushed carboard boxes eembellished with plaster, paint, resin, rubber, wax, varnish and pigments to create objects which are at once humble and opulent.

Marie Le Lievre pours paint, wet layer on wet, allowing it to dance and perform within constraints she conceives to speak to the world from a strangely inbetween, liminal space.

Miranda Parkes works across a range of substrates but never stretched flat canvas. Painting itself, and often glorious fluro colours are foregrounded.

Stacey Turner is interested in how simple gestures evoke other artistic practices such as comic books, Japanese woodblock printing, street graffiti and carving.

Painting on silk, Rebecca Wallis works to conceal and reveal the components of painting, investigating what has been described as ‘beyond, behind and beneath’.

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Images: (Top) Installation view, ‘Paint’ at Bartley & Company Art. (Right) Monique Lacey, At Sixes and Sevens, 2022, cardboard, plaster, resin, paint , bronze pulver, 1500 x 1150 x 35mm. Cat Fooks, Batonnet, 2020 oil and mixed media on board, 405 x 360mm. Hamish Coleman, Quieten Down, 2022, oil on linen, 1070 x 1070mm. Miranda Parkes, rioter, 2022, acrylic, metallic foil, varnish on compressed wood pallet, 1100 x 1100 x 150mm. Rebecca Wallis, Tight Hold, 2022, acrylic on silk, cedar, 1500 x 1150 x 35mm. Stacey Turner, Hoki Mai, 2022, acrylic on linen, 300 x 300mm. Images courtesy of the artists and Bartley & Company Art.