Tom Palin: a room with a view 2

Palin, Tom (2008) Tom Palin: a room with a view 2. [Show/Exhibition]

Abstract

Tom Palin: a room with a view 2, held at View Two Gallery in Liverpool, was the first exhibition of paintings to take place in the city during the Capital of Culture Year, 2008. The show contained sixty-seven works and served as a follow-up to Tom Palin: A Room with a View, which took place at The Atkinson Gallery, Southport, in 2004. The paintings included here spanned the period 1996-2007 and, with the exception of a number of more recent works in acrylic on board, consisted of oil paintings on board and canvas. The sense of paintings as openings or windows (opportunities to travel) was of central importance to my thinking when conceiving of this show. In particular, in foregrounding the material-aspect of painted objects, yet at the same time embracing the picture-aspect too, I hoped to offer the interested observer the chance to sense a close-proximity and also an imaginative distance, so as to come to understand the paintings as both indexical traces of something past and as timely events—to extend beyond the limits of painting’s more obvious material restrictions; restrictions, however, that in their particularities act to permit such room for manoeuvre in the first instance. I was assisted in this project by Amanda DeAngeles, Joe Mulhall and Sam Skinner. The exhibition was documented by John O’Shea.

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