The Hole is proud to present the third solo exhibition by London-based artist Matthew Stone. Using the entire gallery space, Stone will debut a new series of abstract artworks in the main rooms, and perform and display a new performance based piece in Gallery 3. The performance will take place at the opening March 6 and the artworks therein created will be on view in Gallery 3 following its completion.
Unconditional Love introduces lush digitally printed paintings. Stone hand-paints on glass and photographs the resulting compositions. These high-resolution details are then digitally intensified and retouched to remove subjective imperfections, such as dust and hairs. The paint is then printed onto veneered wooden panels, sheet acrylic and mirror. The resulting works employ photography and digital printing as part of an extended artistic process that furthers the visual and practical potential of paint, rather than as an objective or documentarian means to an end.
Almost offensively lush and often steeped in visceral colour the works upturn the holy status of art history’s worship of “paint handling” and “brushwork” as untouchable cosmic flesh, whilst simultaneously and sincerely reasserting its living legacy of visceral and emotionally manipulative power. Stone's paint gestures mimic the movements and colors of Renaissance painting and sculpture and suggest the punchy thrusts and flair of dancers in motion or joyful movement in general. Their genuine love of color and movement draw the viewer in and celebrate the eye and its joys in the realm of paint. While ostensibly resembling a scaling of the “masterful” brushwork of Motherwell or de Kooning, the final works, perhaps like Lichtenstein's spoofy quoted strokes, live as flattened snapshots of captured and ephemeral moments. They are digitally composed gestures, both flat and practically inert but imaginatively ecstatic. The turns of the wrist that twist the paint into three dimensionality suggest the contrapposto twirl of a dancer or the circular helix of a Michelangelo marble, while the gush of color is un-gendered orgasm.
In Gallery 3 Stone will enact a new performance piece comprised of a dancer and a video camera operator. Performed amidst a bespoke sound-piece of Stone's creation, the dancer will be clad in black in the all-black gallery so the viewer's focus is pulled to the camera operator. The Steadicam, a counter-weighted rig, ensures that the camera floats fluidly around the body of the operator resulting in ultra-smooth footage and body space for dynamic movement of the operator. Closely following the dancers, the camera operator, now as an unconscious dancer himself, creates an incidental choreography whose movements are shaped by the creative and aesthetic decisions involved in image-making, and as a filtered response to the call of the professional dancer’s moves. The performance purposely subverts the hierarchy of the traditional creative relationship between image-maker and model or muse, exposing the subtle social negotiations of collaboration crucial to all of Stone’s work.
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