Friday, 5 February 2010

Sucked into concept by Minimalism

Colm Tóibín has written 'Missing the Point' on the London Review blog about his appreciation of paintings by Alexander and Susan Maris. It is a witty insight into the way the paintings work. I haven't seen them eyes to canvas but the experience as Colm explains it, is wonderful, complex and simple at varying times. He came across them at Frieze presented by the Ingleby Gallery from Edinburgh. He writes about how he appreciates the quality of these objects and how the craftsmanship is evident even through minimal visual content. He then discovers there is more to their construction than he had previously considered. I salute you Alexander and Susan for the vicarious experience. I look forward to seeing more of your work if this awareness of style, history, craft, philosophy and acuteness is anything to go by. I also value Colm's straightforward no nonsense recognition of how he was sucked in by an aesthetic and led to reconsider it.

Image courtesy of the Ingleby Gallery
Extracts from the TRUTH IN PAINTING
1990-93 (Revised 2006)
30.5 x 66 x 2 cm overall (2 panels) I have missed out some info in order that you aren't informed prior to reading the article.
As an addendum here is an humorous comparison:http://www.minusspace.com/2010/01/joe-barnes-the-joys-of-silence-monochrome-painting-schaltwerk-kunst-hamburg-germany/

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