'What do you think you are looking at?' A dialogue between two contemporary abstract artists
A collaborative project, involving a dialogue between two contemporary artists, the exhibition is organised in such a way as to prompt questions about the meaning and interpretation of their work, exploring the notion of visual experience and sensation, and the nature of perception. Surface ambiguity or "Change of Aspect" as Wittgenstein* puts it, where the viewer sees something differently but contradictorily also sees that something has not changed, raising the question of what is being seen and how it is interpreted. 'Wave Motion- part2': The large paintings explore the relationship of scale and surface, and exploit the relationship between geometric structure and animated surface. The work makes reference to craft through attention to making skills and repetitive action and an importance to time and dedication in the production of the work. The relationship between craft, fine art and the decorative surface are relevant contemporary issues being debated as regards the ‘position of painting’ today.** • Gallery space funded partly by the Arts Council to provide a public platform for contemporary art to inform and generate debate. • DVD documented and produced by the gallery provided insight into the Artists working practices that included the Artists- in- conversation, focussing on the key research issues surrounding their work. • A fully illustrated catalogue with documentary material of working practices including studio photographs. Documentation of the artists conversation *Ludwig Wittgenstein, 'Philosophical Investigations', 3rd ed., trans G.E.M. Anscombe (Basil Blackwell, Oxford, 1968) pp 196-198. He observes that, "the flashing of an aspect on us seems half visual experience half thought". **'Warped: painting and the feminine', exhibition at the Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham 2001. Visitor figures 11,800.
Citation : Lancaster, J.J. 12/05/2007-24/06/2007. ‘What do you think you are looking at?’ Peterborough: Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery.
Research Group : Fine Art Practices
- School of Arts