Curatorial Art Practice in Ramsgate and beyond

Supersurface, An Exhibition Curated by Michael Stubbs

The show, held at Laurent Delaye in June 2009, initiated a cross-referential dialogue starting with Robyn Denny’s landmark, 1959 abstract painting ‘Place 3’, which optimizes urban and visual popular culture. The next generation, Rolph, Roberts and Stubbs, rethink abstraction in relation to the non-physical space of digital media by merging abstract and representational elements. Finally, Syed critically returns to ‘rigorous’ abstraction by quoting layering and depth in impasto.

Perry Roberts, 'Untitled', 2007, Acrylic paint on canvas, 150 x 150cm, and Michael Stubbs, 'Fireeye Riser', 2009, Oil based mixed media on MDF, 153 x 122cm

The hand-constructed paintings in Supersurface all utilise a variety of process-based methods of layering which are both optical and physical. These procedures demonstrate an overlap with the visual, mechanically reproducible world outside of the studio. By mimicking the layering of colour printing (Denny) and screen programmes such as ‘Windows’ (Roberts, Rolph, Stubbs, Syed), a complex dialogue of difference is explored between the depthless space of the printed image, the non-space of the computer screen, and the physical space of the painted object.

Robyn Denny, 'Sweet Nature 13', 1975, coloured paper on card, 54 x 80 cm, Perry Roberts, 'Untitled', 2007, 50 x 75 cm; Michael Stubbs, 'Virus FX III', 2007, Oil based media on MDF, 62 x 62 cm

Some of the works quote and incorporate the printed/digital into the very fabric or surfaces of their paintings (Roberts, Stubbs). Others re-contextualise the making of object/paintings by re-configuring art history and popular culture (Denny, Rolph, Syed). However, the works by all five of these artists seamlessly and repeatedly cross-over these distinctions – operating through any one or all of them simultaneously.

Danny Rolph, 'The Mountain Echo', 2008, Oil and acrylic on canvas, 122 x 91cm, and Shaan Syed, 'Divide', 2009, Oil and polyfilla on canvas, 168 x 183 cm

Michael Stubbs, 'Fireeye Riser', 2009, Oil based mixed media on MDF, 153 x 122cm, and Robyn Denny, 'Place 3', 1959, Oil on canvas, 72 x 84 in/182.9 x 213.4 cm

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