Emergence

Virgoe, April (2019) Emergence. AIR Gallery.

Abstract

The output is a creative project comprising a series of thirty paintings responding to the theme of 'Emergence'. The series was exhibited in ‘Emergence’ alongside three other artists. Research process: The work produced for this exhibition was the result of the development of ongoing artistic practice over the course of a year. This series of new paintings was exhibited alongside three other artists. The paintings were hung in groupings that alluded to tenuous relationships between the works, and foregrounded the spatial play between individual works and the space of the gallery. Research insights: Thematically the work produced for the exhibition explored the idea of emergence in terms of visibility and concealment. This new series of paintings allude to architectural spaces that are negated or concealed by grid like structures. Previous themes of uncertainty, illusion and negation were reconsidered through a shift in scale and support, resulting in an attentiveness to the object nature of the painting and the potential for experimental configurations. Dissemination: The research was disseminated through a group exhibition curated by Rebecca Wild at AIR Open exhibition in 2018. The exhibition brought together the work of four prize-winners from the AIR Open exhibition of 2017 at which Virgoe was awarded the Jacksons prize.

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