Transition Gallery
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
Unit 25a Regent Studios, 8 Andrews Road, London, E8 4QN. UK

James Connelly & Oliver Bancroft ……. Superpaintings features eight new paintings made in collaboration, for the first time, by two old friends who met at art school in the late 1990s. It is a friendship that started because of a shared infectious sense of humour, a love of old-master paintings and a tendency for late night disco dancing. All of these traits are apparent in the new paintings. The paintingsre-enact a dance move from the 1981 cult hit song Superman by Black Lace. Dance moves include clapping hands, walking, swimming, skiing, spraying deodorant, sounding a horn, Macho Man, ringing a bell, and the Superman. As society suffers cuts from ‘tightening of the belt’ austerity measures, one has to remember that, maybe, in the bigger picture Neitzsche and Black Lace were right after all. The process of painting is no longer just something that painters share by talking and viewing the finished piece. Using cutting edge technology the artists are adding a new dimension to the discourse of painting by creating an augmented celebration of the superman. ‘Superpaintings’ is one of a series of shows at Transition that examine ideas around collaboration. A subject that is also examined in Garageland 15: Collaboration, published April 2013.