When viewing a moving image or reading a book there is a chronological time frame, however, in painting, looking can fold in on itself and back out; layers of meaning are accrued whilst looking at looking.
Ideas of the temporal in ‘Storyboard’ might be in Boulton’s atmospheric floral paintings, where she invites you to follow a visceral line which, when untangled, suggests figuration but does not describe specific form. Fogarty’s paintings play around with the formalities of form, colour and pattern but often subvert representational expectations. Holtom excavates the canvas itself, pulling threads from their woven grid and encouraging them to recline in organic coils, which suggest living forms in the painting. Kemp’s fictional landscapes leave narrative clues through his use of repetition and motifs, whilst blurring foreground and background. Marra uses looking as his subject in a loose, impasto style and Strauss uses varied timelines to tell her stories. Her paintings operate between both the still space of the gallery and a structured, moving, speaking layer, which unfolds within a sequential timeline.
All the work in ‘Storyboard’ plays with ideas about how paintings are interpreted by the viewer in time and space, whilst acknowledging the open-ended field of contemporary painting.
Featuring: Miranda Boulton | Róisín Fogarty | Suzanne Holtom | Gareth Kemp | Enzo Marra | Lexi Strauss