Alvaro Barrington, Lydia Blakeley, Nicholas Cheveldave, Gina Fischli, Henrik Potter, Zeinab Saleh, Sherman Mern Tat Sam, Gal Schindler, Sean Steadman, Tom Worsfold, Joseph Yaeger, Vivien Zhang
After Image - Curated by Robert Spragg
26 September - 13 December 2020
‘after image’ brings together twelve UK based artists, whose work is informed by and in some cases visually examines the circulation of images in painting. A painted mark or gestures transference of value is equivalent to the simultaneous relocation of an ‘image’ into paint. As an action-image, both are linked - as an image becomes a process, a process becomes an image.
“what painting really can do is represent, even theorize, the circulation of pictures – and by ‘pictures’ I mean commoditized images as they arise in mass media of all types ranging, in our period, from television to the internet. We know that appropriation was aimed at indexing the ‘life of pictures’. But it did so in a very severe way, which in fact made the displacement from one context to another – art to advertising, for instance – clean and unambiguous. Whereas in painting, what you see from Robert Rauschenberg to the present is that commoditized images are put into circulation in time and space, and move at different rates. Many of the questions animating conceptual art with regard to changing values of visual knowledge have been explored in painting, but I don’t think this has been sufficiently recognized”.
– David Joselit, Different Strokes, Frieze Magazine