Current

Method and Gesture

16 November - 14 December 2013

NICOLA FARQUHAR
MILLI JANNIDES
HELEN JOHNSON
MERRYN LLOYD
MICHELLE USSHER

‘Painting can no longer just be painting. Today it is also necessarily a form of conceptual art.’*
 * Jan Verwoert, 'Why Are Conceptual Artists Painting Again? Because They Think It's a Good Idea', Afterall, issue 12, 2006

The artists in Method and Gesture are linked by the manner in which they paint – as part of a broader conceptual practice. As such, they do not necessarily apply paint to canvas; instead, they might paint onto sculpture, found surfaces, or with alternative media such as beeswax. Reflecting the aesthetic concerns of the contemporary era — characterised by both the post-medium and the post-conceptual conditions  — the works selected for the exhibition illustrate an expanded conception of painting, presenting equally an intellectual and aesthetic proposition. Together they present painting as a process of enquiry, a deconstruction – the works are the result of an ongoing dialogue with their medium.