AIR//Voormalig Resident: Phil Gatenby
From the year 2000 to 2014 his work sought to experiment with paint media, analogue approaches to animation and projected light. Public exhibitions at this juncture took the form of site specific installations involving extensive collaborative expertise - essentially a performance based ‘phenominological’ approach to practice. In 2014 his intrigue with ’thingness’ (rather than object) returned to the quixotic act of studio painting.
The residency with DasSpectrum is perfectly timed for him to work towards a different rea-soning for painted subjects. There have been two core questions in his working intent. Can figuration and narrative be avoided? Can second wave forms of abstraction move from object status to thingness? What is now a curious delight is to have pushed the act of painting into more awkward outcomes and consequence. What he had thought his work was about at the outset is now turned on its head. Colour has become more compelling as a representation of space or light and the interplay of presumed narrative confers a less intrusive shadow. And why not?
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