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Monday, July 22, 2013

PAULNACHE brushes aside all the rules and formalities that come with being a dealer gallery in Aotearoa New Zealand. Operating since 2009, the Gallery has set its own course and proposed a new model for the dealer gallery, blurring the lines between public and private gallery, between dealer and curator, house style and punk attitude. It offers less a consumable list or stable of artists than a family or community of artist/collaborators who come together and work with PAULNACHE to each extend their own practice, but also contribute to the greater whole which is the unrelenting forward momentum of this Gallery.

This year PAULNACHE is exhibiting NZ-born, Las Vegas based artist Matthew Couper who is described by Huffington Post’s John Seed as “an artist with a Kafkaesque view of the world whose imagery suggests a pagan Catholic Cirque du Soleil”.

Couper will deliver a solo performance each day of the art fair as a painting monkey, accompanied by a recent suite of work from his Las Vegas studio.

Couper’s practice over the past decade has appropriated aspects of western Art History including Trecento, Quattrocento and the Baroque. Through these painterly investigations, he discovered that history often repeats and helped him determine that the Modernist notions of originality held little interest for his practice. Couper uses the established narrative traditions of Spanish Colonial retablos andex – votos to discuss the space between myth, religion and art politics. He recently stated that ‘like any good Johnny Cash, Nick Cave or Pixies song, you’ve got to have sex, death and religion fueling the fire’ – ShareMag, Portugal, (Spring edition, 2011).

Exhibited Artist: Matthew Couper


Image: Matthew Couper The Artist As Peasant Performance, IMG X Checko Salgado © 2012

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