The Performativity of Painting Review

The Performativity of Painting, Artists’ Talk

On the 10th February 2018, the Stephen Lawrence Gallery, in conjunction with the Creative Conversations team, hosted the Performativity of Painting, Artist Talk event. Taking place in the month long exhibition (16th January – 16th February), the talk, described as a choreographed meeting, gave the attendees a chance to join the artists in conversation surrounding their work, in relation to the gallery space.

The casual nature of the event brought forth some great discussion from the crowd, who at first, appeared apprehensive, especially notable during the performance by Rebecca Molloy. The boldness of her work helped the audience feel closer to the artists, and a round of questions began to fly around the room. There was a great sense of inspiration felt, as the artists detailed their own creative process, shedding light on the “behind the scenes” side of the art-world that is rarely discussed.

Here are some key images and quotes from the afternoon:

“How does something behold the viewer? How does the artwork draw you in?”
“Why Stephen Lawrence Gallery? We wanted a space that would allow us to research.”

“How painters perform isn’t necessarily what you see in the galleries, but the behind the scenes rituals at the studio.”
“A sense of memory seems become clear in a gallery space.”
“Is painting a place where spatial transformation occurs?”

“You don’t want to paint something obvious. There is a push and pull between paint and play, you want room for more to happen.”
“There may be certain layers that are showing, and certain layers that aren’t.”

This event was a joint effort from the Creative Conversations Team and The Stephen Lawrence Gallery. For more, visit our websites, and follow us on social media.

Creative Conversations:
@CreativConvers

Creative Conversations

The Stephen Lawrence Gallery:
@Uoggalleries

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Matthew Healey