4 September - 4 October, 2003
The Andrew Mummery Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its new Shoreditch space with an exhibition of recent paintings by Carol Rhodes.
Rhodes unique contribution to contemporary painting has been discussed in a range of terms over recent years. The particular psychology created by her distancing of the motif and vertiginous aerial perspective has prompted notions of estrangement, agoraphobia and the uncanny. Other commentators have taken a quasi-ecological interpretation, picking up on Rhodes industrial or post-industrial landscapes, addressing aspects of our anaesthetic functionalising of the environment. Equally, the work has been read in terms of its sophisticated pictorial invention and formal experiment, or as exploring arts fictionality through the works mixing of photographic, observed and invented sources.
Such responses remain apposite for Rhodes new works, created very slowly as is her usual practice, and continuing the high viewpoints and almost parallel perspectives of past paintings. At the same time colouristic, formal, and painterly drama have become ever more inventive. Within what seems a highly restrained process, the precise differences of touch, tone, space and structure are more and more telling. Alongside a delight in illusionistic devices and conventions is a concern with brushmark that is unexpectedly emotive - almost an expressionism in miniature. A new range in mood and metaphorical tenor is evident. A slow, unfolding response from the viewer is demanded, inducing shifts of emotional pace and imaginative register. The complexity and variousness of each painting involves us, empathetically, as if in a narrative; one that has however no linear, consecutive argument or conclusion, and which makes evident the limitation of any single reading of the painting.
Carol Rhodes was born in Glasgow in 1959 and studied at Glasgow School of Art between 1977 and 1982. Solo exhibitions include Brent Sikkema Gallery, New York (2002) Angles Gallery, Santa Monica (2001) and theTramway Project Room, Glasgow (2000) Recent group exhibitions include New - Recent Acquisitions of Contemporary British Art, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh (2002) Here and Now: Scottish Art 1990-2001 Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (2001) and British Art Show 5, various UK venues (2000)
Alexis Harding, Andrew Mummery Gallery, 8 October - 8 November
Frieze Art Fair, Regent's Park, London 17-20 October (www.friezeartfair.com)
F-EST East London galleries Open Weekend 18+19 October (www.f-est.com)
Meller (13 November - 13 December)
Founded in 1996, the Andrew Mummery Gallery exhibits international contemporary art. It represents artists whose work demonstrates an awareness of the culture, history, tradition, conventions and genres of their chosen medium, combined with an ability to re-examine these in the light of contemporary art practice.
Philip Akkerman, Chila Kumari Burman, Maria Chevska, Ori Gersht, John Goto, Alexis Harding, Tim Hemington, Louise Hopkins, Merlin James, Peter Lynch, Alex Pollard, Wendy McMurdo, Ingo Meller, Carol Rhodes, Christopher Stevens, Graeme Todd, Richard Walker.
Extended opening hours during Frieze/F-EST weekend: 17-20 October 11am-7pm