Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Review - Bad Behaviour

Here's an extract from the review of the recent Bad Behaviour exhibition at Brixton East by Paul Luckraft (who is the curator at Modern Art Oxford).

Paul Stanley’s two works on display are highly personal and autobiographical, centring around memories linked to his own family.  Past Tense (2012) comprises three small frames, with the middle one containing a 35mm slide subtly backlit by an embedded light.  The frames on the left and the right of this contain photographs of the artist as a young child with his mother and father, presented alongside short texts.  These texts, written by Stanley, are succinct and moving.  They universalise emotional memories of childhood, and carry just enough information without revealing too much.  In the upstairs space Stanley shows a projected slide show of further photos, these being found by the artist under his mother’s bed after her death.  Simply projected onto a low white screen, the images are shown deliberately blurred, adding a Richter-esque separation.  This blurring works to give the viewer permission to look at the images, without the sense of encroachment on something too personal to be shared.

Thanks Paul! I thought the review was very good, clear and balanced, and not just because you said nice things about my work (although that helps)


Next up we have Carousel. And yes, I did get the title from season one of Mad Men. 

Carousel is an installation made up of a series of slides I found under my mother's bed after she passed away. Continuing on the themes stated at the start of Pulling at Threads the slides are projected blurred onto the screen, giving a tantalising glimpse into the past, close, almost formed but just out of reach.

Past Tense

Well what a year 2012 has been for new work. I thought I'd post some pics up seeing as I'm an egotist and all.

First up: Past Tense

In 'Past Tense' a slide is placed in a frame with a light box behind it. The light shining through drawing the viewer into the image. The slide’s size indicating the fragility of the memory it represents.

Friday, 19 October 2012