You are warmly invited to a new opening at the bonoartgallery
Opening Saturday 5th October, 9pm onwards.
“I really like Roberto’s art – it’s so honest, innocent and direct, and the colour and form seem to just come directly from the image itself, without all sorts of stuff being projected or brought in from outside – it’s just like Roberto interacting with the light – or something really basic going on between the coloured light, his eyes, his hands and the coloured paint – but that light is so pure and mediterranean – how can he deal with the light and weather in Yorkshire?”
Yes, they’re a sort of Mediterranean window here in a northern winter, and as I flip and turn the panes there’s a path, multiple branching paths, through a harmonious space – but despite all the figural resonance, on various scales, and the southern colour on every scale, it’s not about seeing anything in particular, any things, in or through the window. And it’s not just about me and my path through it either.
Like a walk in another beautiful landscape further south, or on the Chevin in summer, Roberto’s musical painting makes us feel good on a meandering path through Otley or anywhere else. And like an old Italian painting, a more traditional window in a more traditional wall, it provides a frame for the jigsaw of our inner and outer lives, a feeling that it can all fit together, step by step, if we are guided by harmony.
Thursday 3 October, 7 -9 pm.
Greg Townend will give a short presentation of the background to this work which draws on his experience as an industrial artist and his practice as a painter.
He will show examples of current work to illustrate how the processes, images and concepts are being developed.
When John Berger wrote his book ‘Ways of Seeing” in 1972, he created a platform for artists to discuss their context, not only within their own contemporary setting but also for future generations to contemplate. When he discussed the displacement of meaning from renaissance works to the cutting edge media of the early seventies, he had no concept of the internet and it’s subsequent effect on how we now view most of our visual input. When he said “A large part of seeing depends on habit and convention” Berger showed an understanding of the shifting nature of the modern world, and without predicting the incessant: plugged in; turned on; five bar reception; tweeted; wifi hotspot of today’s method of accessing information.
Greg Townend has made a statement in his work that reflects the global connectivity of artists working today. His images remind the viewer of the tiny machines working in the background of today’s society. Inspired by technology, and with a view to the nano, Greg’s paintings and drawings seem at first to divorce themselves from the process of living a human existence. They appear to have entered into a cult like admiration of all that is experienced by an electron passing through a component on a circuit board, far removed from the eloquent nuances of human feeling sought out by previous generations of artists. But it is in this acceptance of what drives modern society, and Greg’s ability to incorporate an indication of it in his work, that makes this collection of paintings an important reflection on the human condition.
There is a beauty in the idea of making a complex image that incorporates ideas of that which is un-viewable by the naked eye, and setting it; large scale; in a traditional art format. Greg’s images are palatable exponents of the painting craft. To stand in front of his work is as to gaze at any good example of painting made in any other century. They contain many of the traditional, academic qualities of painting, such as line, colour, texture, tone etc. And the application of the media is of a high standard, applied by a person who has travelled a path of snowballing understanding in his chosen field. Yet they are also easily appreciated through the digital media they reflect upon. Greg’s work is both beautiful in life, and on a computer screen. He has responded to the altered state of seeing art, and produced contemporary painting for a contemporary audience.
‘Sum Over Histories’
Greg Townend at the Bono Art Gallery, 7 September – 3 October.
Opening Saturday 7th September, 6pm – 9pm.