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Painting ‘Head to Head’ Discussion 19 July


Discussion and closing event
Standpoint Gallery, Saturday 19th July, 3pm – 5pm, with drinks afterwards.
Rachel Withers, Peter Suchin, Robert Holyhead and David Gledhill will join the curators of the exhibition and the audience to open up a frank and detailed discussion of the possibilities and problematics of painting, as led by the exhibition questions.

Phillip Allen, Nicholas John Jones, Donal Moloney, Paulina Michnowska, Flore Nové-Josserand, Ivan Liotchev, Matthew Musgrave, Estelle Thompson

Painting remains popular, yet arguably, making and thinking about painting gets increasingly difficult; its conceptual avenues can seem depleted, overshadowed by pressures from an ever-busier world and seductive new technologies. But is this really the case or does the modern world present new roles and possibilities for painting – if so what are they? What drives so many artists to continue to paint?

HEAD TO HEAD takes on four questions important to the continuing progression of painting. In response to each, a ‘pair’ of works offers a differing avenue of approach. Standoffs, arguments, and flirty winks provoke a charged space to deliberate current issues in painting.

What is painting after the Internet – has it changed?
Artists: Paulina Michnowska – Flore Nové-Josserand
How has the exponential growth of image culture changed painting’s engagement with depiction?
Artists: Matthew Musgrave – Donal Moloney
What are the building blocks of painting, and to what extent do painters feel the need to employ them to complete a painting?
Artists: Nicholas John Jones – Ivan Liotchev
Is there still merit in taking the act of painting itself as the prime subject – rather than using it as a means to illustrate an external concept?
Artists: Phillip Allen – Estelle Thompson

A limited edition hand screen-printed publication produced by JKL Books features four commissioned essays to provide further context for the exhibition, and is available for £25.00.

Standpoint Gallery, 45 Coronet Street, Hoxton, London N1 6HD

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