Painting fo’sho!

Palin, Tom (2016) Painting fo’sho! [Show/Exhibition]

Abstract

Painting Fo'Sho! explores what happens when an artist concerned with the shifting cultural signifiers between physical and online space is tasked with curating a show of five painters who share a preoccupation with framing their practice in contemporary parameters? The curatorial strategy seeks to foreground the idea of content, both physical and online. How is a work received? Here, through a series of curatorial games, Jack Fisher invites the audience to question the value of individual utterance and authenticity, challenging the painter to escape what he describes as the branded self. This is an exhibition about fiction, exchange and transformation. In Fisher’s words: ‘the expressions on their faces told the story. The paintings hung, drawn and quartered. A tired painter lay there waiting, tar’d and feathered. There was nothing left but a small reassembled pile of dust, or something to that description. They had been hung out to dry only; they never returned. They h’D been worrying for days and yet no one decided they wanted to eat anymore. They’d eaten to their heart’s content the night before; the paintings went flying. Tempers were high! No one knew what was going on at times. The Dead Professional Artist was NOWhere to be seen. Although they all knew in their eyes exactly what was going on, no one made their engagement public. They’d all got just a little bit fed up of being interested in the whole thing and realised they probably didn't wanna be ‘ere anyway. A figure enters the room and exclaims ‘You bastard! What have you done? Lady Beck presents Phoebe Ridgway, Rosie Vohra, Tom Palin, Richard Baker and James Quin. Curated and disrupted by Jack Fisher.

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