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Nov 22, 2017 - Jan 13, 2018
Blain|Southern presents BODIES, an exhibition of new paintings by James White.
White’s grey scale paintings explore everyday minutiae and hint at something that has happened or may occur. Fleeting moments from intimate, domestic scenes are paused, extended and captured by the artist in meticulous detail.
The references for the paintings are the artist’s own photographs; stripped of their original colour, the painting shifts focus onto subject and technique. Reminiscent of crime scene photography, ‘The paintings are forensic in the manner of their image-capture, the documentary-no-expense-spared monochrome…’1. Tightly cropped, they are suggestive of incidents beyond the frame, alluding to a human presence without depicting any individuals.
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Click to enlargeRACHEL HOWARD : DER KUSS
Jan 24 - Mar 17, 2018
Private view Thu Feb 1 6pm - 8pm
Blain|Southern presents Der Kuss, an exhibition of Rachel Howard’s newest paintings and sculptures.
The exhibition focuses on internal and external violence, the violence of the mind and the body. Der Kuss, the kiss, is a delicate point of intimate contact, of love or betrayal.
The exhibition is divided into two rooms, in the first are paintings of grids and lines, disintegrated surfaces that hint at unstable worlds, entropy and collapse. There are also crashed planes here; based on everyday press images. Howard suspends the image in a pastel haze, transmuting these snapshots into images of universal suffering, or perhaps they are self-portraits installed into a delicate afterlife, where we can look at them forever.
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Jan 24 - Mar 17, 2018
Private view Tue Jan 23 6pm - 8pm
For the third exhibition in Blain|Southern’s Lodger series, the British sculptor Brian Griffiths has drawn on stage- and screen-writing techniques to develop a ‘character’ who will inhabit the gallery’s basement space. Appearing in a series of sculptural situations, often on the point of collapse, or running through some seemingly meaningless protocol, Griffiths’ creation is a tragi-comic figure: a naked, puppet-like Caucasian male who seems not to know that his strings – if they ever held him up – have now been decisively cut. Bald, blind, and with his pink paintwork and wooden body showing signs of wear and tear, this little performer clunks through his part.
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