The Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Thursday, March 29, 2018
17 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LT
Contemporary British Painting

Curated by Antonia Jackson

Private view: Tuesday 16/01/2018, 6-8pm
Panel discussion: Friday 23/02/2018, 3-5pm

The Crypt, St Marylebone Parish Church
17 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LT

Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun closed
Occasionally The Crypt closes for private meetings, you can phone ahead to check times on 020 7935 7315 or 07809330592

“Memory is always incomplete, always imperfect, always falling into ruins; but the ruins themselves, like no other traces, are treasures: our guide to situating ourselves in a landscape of time”

Rebecca Solnit
The Ruins of Memory*

While Rebecca Solnit relates to ruins as architectural, these can take many other forms: rediscovered family photographs, old film footage, disregarded objects or sketches executed in haste as to record a fleeting trace of time are some of them. Once taken out of their original context, these artefacts can take on new meanings at the hand of the artist and open up a space for the recovery of memory. Such is the starting point for the artists involved in this exhibition. Their appropriation process is however different and involves collage, drawing, preliminary quick paintings and creating stage like set displays. It is eventually the transformative and illusory qualities of the painting process that allows their final reinvention.

In a world where the immediate is ever so important, the painters featured here attempt to slow and recapture time. Through their varied use of colour, composition, choice of scale and brushwork, each of them recreates half remembered, half imagined spaces, imbued with a sense of melancholy and at times existential. They invite the viewer to pose and reflect.

(Text written by A. Jackson)

* Storming the Gates of Paradise : Landscapes for Politics. Rebecca Solnit, 2006

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