Chase of Grace, a group show by Martin Gustavsson
Maria Stenfors will from time to time present an exhibition where she invites a gallery artist to curate and select a theme or artists to be shown, giving an angle of that particular artist's influences and indulgences in that moment in time. By this, it links artists and practices that otherwise are unlikely to be shown together, therefore giving an insight into the invited artist's particular practice, from an angle different to that of a solo exhibition.
We are proud to start with Martin Gustavsson, whose last solo exhibition in the gallery was in October 2010 titled 'In No Particular Order', where he presented us with over 70 paintings, abstract and figurative, installed side by side, with the order selected at random. During the exhibition, a performance was also staged where half of the exhibition was taken down and rehung by Martin Gustavsson and Ian White whilst, at random, presenting each other with a series of questions and answers.
The exhibition ‘Chase of Grace’ takes the construction of an image as its starting point. What does an emotional response to formal qualities of light, colour and shadow on a two-dimensional surface mean? The production of pictorial material, be it a window into a fantasy, documentation or just a field of colour, all seem to have the ability to perform an identity, and through its context take the risk of constantly undermining and reinforcing itself.
The process of identification inherent in the act of looking and the subsequent performing of one’s identity in relation to the image is a core impetus in putting this show together.
Proposed artists are: