Artists Olarn Chiaravanont, Bernat Daviu, Super Future Kid and Mark Nader present their work in a new show, Painted Realities, in the London Hanmi Gallery’s ongoing programme of interim exhibitions.
A curatorial comment accompanying the exhibition (31st in the series, 7-16 February 2014) notes that as appropriation becomes a widespread ready resource for painters different strategies are needed to keep their work relevant amidst the apparent everyday excess of visual data. Themes of appropriation, authorship and identity are explored through the materiality of paint in this group exhibition.
“When abstraction and representational works are brought together we begin to see a language that disputes the classical antagonism between these terms. By looking at paintings more fully as painting, the works can be appreciated without the need to rely solely on specific footnoted theory,” the statement says. “The seemingly oppositional languages inhabiting in the show are purposely set in tension in a way that the particular prevails over the general.”
“The process of painting is a resource for these artists to grasp the physicality of the image against the growing tendency of virtual relations and communications. Brush strokes, drips or impasto surfaces become essential for explaining the world that they inhabit.”
Olarn Chiaravanont (born 1986) is a Thai painter based in London and Bangkok. He is a recent MFA Fine Art graduate from Goldsmiths, University of London. He has been exhibiting internationally in London, Berlin and Bangkok, most recently in a solo show at Galerie koal, Berlin (2013).
Painted Realities, 7-16 February 2014, Hanmi Gallery, 30 Maple Street, London, W1T 6HA. +44-7862 283 414