A curatorial collaboration between Professor Michael Newman & Robin Klassnik
10 September– 5 October 2014
REVOLVER II comprises a fast-paced three-part series of group exhibitions to investigate the manifestation of knowledge in relation to artists who work with or reference text and publishing. All selected works over the series of the three parts combine to create a dialogue exploring the conditions in which a concept or object can manifest as knowledge within the human mind and what constitutes as uncertainty or ‘unknowing’.
Artists participating in REVOLVER II are Jaki Irvine, Joëlle Tuerlinckx, Danh Vo, Deirdre O'Dwyer, Bronwen Buckeridge, Patrick Goddard, and Lizzie Hughes. The three sections will be tied together with four site-specific interventions running from September–December from Peter Liversidge, Craig Barnes, James Coleman and Lucia Nogueira.
Part One: Impart
10 September–5 October 2014
Private View Sunday 7 September 2–5pm
Part Two: Transverse
15 October - 9 November 2014
Private View Sunday 12 October 2-5pm
Part Three: Prompt
19 November–14 December 2014
Private View Sunday 16 November 2-5pm
X Marks the Bökship is partnering with Matt’s Gallery specially for REVOLVER II to open a small bookshop and project space in the gallery foyer on Thursdays and Fridays over the summer and throughout the autumn exhibition. This live space will host a series of performances, reading groups and discussions on the themes of the exhibition, all free to attend. During this time Eleanor Vonne Brown will begin ‘Publishing the Bökship’ revisiting, consolidating and distributing material on independent publishing.
REVOLVER II is curated by Robin Klassnik and writer and curator Professor Michael Newman and follows the collaborative curatorial approach of the first Revolver exhibition in 2012. REVOLVER is designed to generate a series of curatorial partnerships and discursive projects with artists, writers and practitioners associated with Matt’s Gallery to model curatorial methods and relationships to inform and expand the gallery in its future operations.
We are pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by Gianluca Di Pasquale.
His best known works are landscape paintings composed almost only by figures, painted with precise brush strokes inside a large white space. Apart from some people, a few trees, some architectural details, there is almost nothing but white painted canvas. Yet in the imagination the immaculate space becomes mountains, sea, a square or a street. The scenarios are those of our leisure time: ski slopes, parks, trails, large urban squares, beaches - places of encounter and mediation between nature and civilization, where people aggregate, creating rhythms and constellations dictated by the forms of the landscape.
In the most recent works nature, trees and vegetation have become the main actors in the scene. They delicately invade the space with arabesques and patterns of leaves, branches, grass helms and flowers. Loosely referencing Henri Rousseau, Di Pasquale creates new images of paradise where wild animals and humans live together in peace. Di Pasquale’s nature is hypertrophic, but also suspended and silent, observing us from inside his paintings through archetypal animals that resemble guards or sentinels, protecting the landscape that, in turn, protects them. The animals become guides on a path the artist invites us to follow inside nature, getting lost and finding ourselves again, encouraging us to stop and think, triggering a moment of suspension from the frenzy of contemporary life.
Faithful to his poetics, once again Gianluca Di Pasquale attempts not so much to describe reality as to recreate, in painting, landscapes close to his idea of harmony.
Gianluca Di Pasquale was born in Rome in 1971; he lives and works in Milan.