Tom Palin: small works

Palin, Tom ORCID logoORCID: (2017) Tom Palin: small works. [Show/Exhibition]


This exhibition consists of 39 oil paintings. All works comprise twin hardwood panels and were made between 2011 and 2016. In my work I remain aware of painting’s possibilities as both object and image. Joining panels, horizontally and vertically, imposes a physical meeting place: a presence that carries with it a reminder of absence, in the form of an imposed and irregular gap. As images the works serve as glimpses of places seen and remembered, then reconstituted through painterly processes. The small scale permits me to touch and see, and to feel closer to what it is that inhabits my space. In its nearness painting becomes more akin to a seductive surface wherein things simply show up and resonate in proximity to other things. This exhibition has allowed me to further explore a number of ongoing concerns in the course of considering forms of sensory response to painted objects under unusual aspects. In particular, in exhibiting the group of paintings in a tiny arena, I have adopted elements of both a white cube gallery space and the Salon in miniature. The panels are arranged thematically and formally across three walls, so as to draw attention to pictorial, narrative and physical, material relationships within and between works. At the same time, the paintings look outwards, towards the Green and towards each other. A 10-year anniversary for Gallery On the Green is planned for July 2019, at the Folly Museum of North Craven life, Settle. I will contribute a piece of writing to the exhibition event

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