(detail) is an innovative new exhibition that features the work of 118 international artists, who have each selected a close-up from one of their paintings. These details will be printed and displayed together to give both a tantalising glimpse into the artworks, and create a huge collage of images. The exhibition is first presented at H-Project Space in Bangkok, before being reconfigured at Transition Gallery in London and The Usher Gallery in Lincoln.
At H-Project Space the exhibition responds to the unique setting of the gallery, a traditionally constructed Thai house. The 118 artworks fit into the distinctive wooden framework of the walls, completely filling and transforming the space. Seen en masse, the different artworks become a form of collage. Connections between the painting details are deliberately made by the curator in the display, as well as being formed serendipitously. Viewers are encouraged to make their own associations and interpretations of the juxtaposition of images.
The show is re-presented and re-imagined as it moves from H-Project Space to the more conventional exhibition spaces of Transition Gallery and The Usher Gallery, creating a show that is site-responsive to each venue.
(detail) features a wide range of painters, from the well established to recently graduated; their work encompasses abstraction, landscape, figurative, expanded field and conceptually driven practices; and features a full variety of paint mediums, including oil, gouache, watercolour, acrylic, ink and pigmented silicone.
The reproduced close-up allows the visitor to focus on the brush strokes, surface and minutiae of the painting. It is most commonly used in the art world in the pages of the exhibition catalogues or monographs. The idea of the detail is also something that is particular to the painters’ approach to both making a painting and viewing work in the gallery.
The exhibition’s curator Andrew Bracey explains:
“In the studio I have found my own relationship to working on a painting is up close to it, with only occasional glimpses of the whole as I step back. This focus on this particular painter’s viewpoint of the painting provoked the idea for this exhibition. This exhibition is an attempt to bring this studio mentality to the gallery. There is a power in the detail, it offers up fresh possibilities for viewing painting.”
The exhibition is supported by Arts Council England and The University of Lincoln
Alison Erika Forde
Andrea Guiseppe Corciulo
G L Brierley
Sarah R Key
Thomas M Wright
Tristram J Aver