Comments on: Both Sides of Many Coins: an email exchange with EC http://abstractcritical.com/article/both-sides-of-many-coins-an-email-exchange-with-ec/ Abstract Critical is a not-for profit company aiming to establish a new critical context for all generations of artists involved with ambitious abstract art. Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:23:33 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/article/both-sides-of-many-coins-an-email-exchange-with-ec/#comment-857444 Thu, 11 Sep 2014 17:29:23 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8498#comment-857444 The resolution of ‘Phrased’, for example, comes about when the paint ceases to be as it becomes image, the paint fulfilling its function of media, to fully describe form, at the expense of itself.

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By: Peter Stott http://abstractcritical.com/article/both-sides-of-many-coins-an-email-exchange-with-ec/#comment-853441 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:41:45 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8498#comment-853441 If one were to scan these works, there is such a profound amount of detail, different levels of focus according to how one looks at it. The need for unresolved conflict? It’s there anyway, in all abstract work because one can never get a handle on the subject. It’s an impossibility for ordinary cognition, not least because the resolved aspect of the work i.e. it’s perfect representation of architectonic form, is hidden by the face value of the image and one’s base identification with the contents, here skewed by the notion of gesture and ‘the body’, skewing one’s perception of the picture as a data bank of ‘form-only’ information.

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By: Noela http://abstractcritical.com/article/both-sides-of-many-coins-an-email-exchange-with-ec/#comment-845684 Sun, 07 Sep 2014 09:40:59 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8498#comment-845684 A lot of work in this show is really well put together from seemingly low key raw materials that have been transformed into some striking pieces.
John Bunker’s collages have very directional forces with strong rich colours and a complexity of shapes layered on top and next to each other. ‘Ram Raider’ is a dramatic piece which beams out as one approaches the Fold Gallery. The large yellow ochre disc in ‘Wallflower’ holds the balance as shapes seem to plunge down creating a sense of gravitational pull.
EC has a wall of many expressive small painting/collages which can almost be seen as one entity, but also as individual pieces. I especially like ‘Lacuna’ which feels very resolved, and ‘In Tension Between’, picture here, which has an intriguing quality of changing as you look at it from side to side.The red spot is concealed and revealed as you move past. I enjoyed EC’s handling of materials and colour and the use of white gloss paint which worked well with the black.These works are small but contain a punchy intensity that expands their presence!
I enjoyed the elegant colour in McSherry’s resin ‘tablets’ , particularly ‘A Swiss Teenager ‘, and the defined off kilter edges.
I preferred to look at Dominic Beattie’s work from a distance to concentrate on the pattern and colour, whilst my husband really enjoyed the way they were constructed.
Stephen Buckley’s work seemed enigmatic, but after reading Sam Cornish’s gallery intro, I could see the ‘sly wit’ and ‘cryptic withholding’ .
I enjoyed this exhibition on many levels.

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By: Kelvin Harvey http://abstractcritical.com/article/both-sides-of-many-coins-an-email-exchange-with-ec/#comment-843870 Sat, 06 Sep 2014 17:03:14 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8498#comment-843870 Interesting to see the word ‘gesture’ used in relation to abstract painting, I would however like to add that even with the most photo realist painting, gesture exists. I recently got up close to some Malcolm Morley paintings in Oxford and gesture is most evident in even these photorealist paintings, and even could be said to break down to an abstract painting if taken insolation of closeness and brushstrokes.

I have often considered abstract or gestural painting in my practice to be my mind breaking down my surroundings into smaller segments, then processed into a series of colours and and marks and expressed in what is called abstract painting, which makes me wonder if anyone has done any research into why abstract painting has come to be such an interesting format and not the refuge of artists that cannot paint in a more representative traditional manner.

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By: Patrick Morrissey http://abstractcritical.com/article/both-sides-of-many-coins-an-email-exchange-with-ec/#comment-842819 Sat, 06 Sep 2014 06:50:23 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8498#comment-842819 The private view was as expected, well attended and a well presented, thoroughly enjoyed seeing a fine selection of work by these artists.

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By: EC http://abstractcritical.com/article/both-sides-of-many-coins-an-email-exchange-with-ec/#comment-837341 Thu, 04 Sep 2014 14:12:49 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8498#comment-837341 Hello Patrick, Hanz and Noela. Thank you for the kind words and support. I’m looking forward to this very much indeed. It’s been really good to be able to share my thoughts here on Abstract Critical. Many thanks to Sam Cornish and FOLD gallery for involving me!

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By: Patrick Morrissey, Hanz Hancock http://abstractcritical.com/article/both-sides-of-many-coins-an-email-exchange-with-ec/#comment-834133 Wed, 03 Sep 2014 05:05:26 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8498#comment-834133 A great insight into the processes involved in Ec’s work, inluences and even the everyday practicalities and considerations of space ! Great to see this strong work given the exposure it finally deserves. We are thoroughly looking forward to seeing the work away from the studio, at Fold !

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By: Noela http://abstractcritical.com/article/both-sides-of-many-coins-an-email-exchange-with-ec/#comment-832216 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:50:53 +0000 http://abstractcritical.com/?post_type=article&p=8498#comment-832216 This looks like very interesting work, will hot foot it to Fold Gallery for sure!

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