Continuation is an exhibition of a new series of paintings on two canvas panels. At different moments, the size has varied only once. The duality of the physical painting space and the repetition of size are conditions to these paintings. As a result the series of paintings have resolved themselves in relation to this combined duplicity.
“The point of seriality is not to produce canvases that are almost the same, but to produce paintings that are as different from each other as possible” (Martin Barré, 1985).
Continuation is a series of ‘pictorial propositions’ that employ a direct and responsive approach to the surface of the canvas. The paintings are composed of underpainting and superimpositions of lines executed, at times, by swift gestures of the brush and slow, conscious and deliberate structures of mark-making. These painting ‘events’ are not ‘underneath’ or ‘behind’ the surface but ‘before’, linking the action of painting with time.¹
As with earlier text-based paintings that avoid suggestions of composition and situate the paintings as fragments of a larger space, a formal repetition of elements and lack of any perspectival space are used to convey the painted space beyond the limits of the frame. This all-over approach to the structures in the work are characteristic to these paintings.
¹Ann Hindry, Martin Barré: 1972-1977 Les Anneés Décisives
Bio: Anne-Marie Cosgrove (born in Montréal, Québec) has exhibited in Canada, the US and elsewhere in cities such as Montréal, Toronto, New York City, Miami, Seattle, Vancouver and Washington D.C. Awards include the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Her work has been reviewed in Canada and the US in publications such as Vanguard Magazine, Matriart: A Canadian Feminist Art Journal, ArtWord: Artists Forum and numerous on-line publications. Further information can be found at www.anne-mariecosgrove.com.