Private View: Wednesday 10th September 2014, 6-9 p.m
Exhibition dates: 10th September – 5th October 2014
Opening hours: Thursday – Saturday 1-6 p.m
First Thursdays late opening: 2nd October 6-9 p.m
Art Licks Weekend
Preview night: Thursday 2nd October, 6-9 p.m
Festival days: Friday 3 – Sunday 5 October, 12-6 p.m
‘A Thousand Years of Love’ is a solo exhibition by emerging contemporary artist Patrick Michalopoulos’, his second gallery solo show. In a departure from previous investigations into sculptural objects Michalopoulos presents painting for the first time. What is carried over into this current body of work is an interest in materiality. A gestural handling of paint imbues the resulting images with a performativity that disrupts yet amplifies the narrative structures which can be seen across the surface of these works.
Recurring symbols or motifs in black and white include human figures, computer screens, snakes, heads, straircases, ships and rail tracks. Interconnected yet disparate the narratives that emerge from their juxtapositions merge with more gestural abstract mark-making to layer the experience of looking. Playfully questioning the boundaries between language and object and functions of the mind and the eye the works’ tension lies in inviting the viewer to construct their own narratives while deconstructing the act of looking.
The boards used for these works retain a utilitarian feel. Primed with blackboard paint and tacked onto unpainted timber frameworks they hover in likeness and size between religious iconography and enigmatic blackboard-like educational devices their surfaces relaying incoherent yet resonant messages and visual clues. The imagery employed by Michalopoulos is reminiscent of the mythological or shamanic playfully unlocking visual and cognitive fields alluding to other-worldly spaces, events and times.
Schwartz Gallery, Schwartz Wharf: 92 White Post Lane, Ground floor, Building 2, London, E9 5EN
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