A Grammar of Gestures
The painters in this exhibition understand their work as a practice of transformation. Human figures, animals, or elements of landscape appear in their works. These motifs present themselves neither in a singular, unambiguous way, nor as a hard subject matter. Rather, the center of attention is on the dynamics of shapes, on the ability of forms to flip and change appearance while you are looking at them. This shifting has to do with the way the motifs are executed, with the grammar of painterly gestures that is involved in the conception of the works.
Each of the painters presents a distinct sensibility, a way to approach the canvas, paper, or other substrate. There is a gentle or decisive brushstroke, an angry scraping away, or a patient process of layering paint to reach a certain depth or intensity of color. The paintings develop their character and complexity in their material presence, through touch and texture.
With: Maria Capelo, Mark Lammert, Michael Markwick, Béatrice Dreux, David Benforado, 23 November 2021 – 20 February 2022 at Kourd Gallery in Athens. Public program with talks will be announced