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Submission Proposal to TotalKunst Gallery, Edinburgh.
We are two students from the Glasgow School of Art, Lucy Macdonald and Gregory Barrow. We both study Painting and Printmaking and are currently about to enter into our final year.
We would like to exhibit selected work in progress before we graduate. Our work includes drawing, collage and painting. The exhibition will be a group show consisting of selected pieces from both of us. The opportunity to exhibit our work in the gallery space and in a different city will be an exciting experience. We have included some information about our individual works and ideas for the exhibition along with some images of our work.
My work consists of intimate paintings that reflect on the relationship between the painted surface as a site where spaces meet, are displaced and interrupted. My process involves displacing, interrupting depicted and pictorial spaces in order to allow a transitional space to occur where meaning transforms and develops through the spectator’s imaginative gaze. I question certain imagery and objects allowing them to reveal some irrational truth. The paintings act as a link between this hidden space that certain objects and images emit. The ambiguity of what is represented in my paintings makes the role of the viewer become more important. I am interested in how certain paintings can trigger imaginative associations and play illusionist games. I want to offer subtle suggestions of images, hints of forms that hover on the verge of definition but are confident of their position outside of representation. The paintings reflect doubt as a part of the creative process; areas in the paintings are covered over or removed and edited. I am interested in when a painting can be finished.
I plan in creating a small artists’ book to accompany the exhibition. These will be free of charge for the visitor to take away with them. It will be in a collage novel form and be made up of the imagery that has inspired the work.
I honestly can’t describe what it is I do apart from try to get the work to resonate accurately with the emotions within me that, as of yet, are nameless. The work has been described as arreal although I’m not sure that is an actual word, which is a small success. It is most definitely not about Existentialism although beyond my own means, it may well be. I am interested in letting the natural mistakes show and tricking oneself in order to achieve surprising results. Like spinning a bottle on a map to decide the destination, only to make the work not about the journey there but the return. Often I turn my work on its side or upside down and continue from there. You see, I hate recognising any style I may have and so am constantly reacting against myself. I really feel that if I’m not careful I may well be the worst artist ever. At the same time I realise this is a conscious decision and I may appear like a man walking three steps forward only to leap five back. Whatever it is that I do, I do with belief. I don’t like the idea of somebody entrusting themselves in some ones work that was created on a whim, although at one time I would have loved this idea. I always thought that in order to be a decent artist you’ve got to surprise yourself. After all, our journeys are nothing unless they surpass our horizons. So, in a sense, within the work I build a wall so that I may scale it, or smash through it in frenzy so I may frame the debris. I think I can say best what my work might be about when I confess that, if all of the above is riddled with contradiction, I will embrace it.
If you would like to contact us please email- firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Lucy 07786317189 or Greg 07870522328.
We look forward to hearing from you.
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