to 20th July 2013
Virginia Verran, Dallas Seitz, Galen Riley
Damien Meade, Cathy Lomax, Marcus Harvey
Kirsten Glass, David Dipré, Marianne Basualdo
Curated by Covadonga Valdés
group exhibition combines painting, installation and sculpture to explore
various anonymities of the portrait. Playing with ambiguity, these works
call into question the meaning of ‘non-identity’ in portraiture
that comes about perhaps as the result of a suspicion of its true intention
or as a consequence of a disguised or even rootless origin.
Focusing on the tangible and three-dimensional aspects of the portrait
as it unfolds towards a disarrangement of its theme, the sitters become
subject to question. Habit and recognition fade, at times through the
ability of the skill which manipulates or moulds its three dimensional
aspect, at other times when the subjects turn inward to perform something
imagined, or felt or to view at their own self-reflective narcissism
through playful painterly techniques or ghostly installation.
‘The Unknown Sitter DOS’ performs as the disk operating
system, excavating body parts to reassemble them as a contemporary portraiture
of unflattering and unsentimental figures which participate in the uncanny
dislocation of their narratives.
An essay by Alex Veness featured in the on-line anthology
the Unknown Sitter’
New prints exclusive to
'Back Shop Edition'
by Paul Housley
Opening times: Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11-6pm or by appointment
‘Unknown Sitter’ first exhibition took place in March-April
2013 thanks to the support of the Lion and Lamb Gallery.