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Matthew Musgrave @ Supplement

I’ve got a lot of respect for painters. Sat in a studio wondering what to put on a blank canvas must be daunting. I like solving problems, but I can’t come up with the problem AND the solution, that’s just too much.

Matthew Musgrave can, it seems. His work is concerned with what to paint, how to paint and how to progress. His paintings feel like performative acts. At first you may think that he has generated them in a flurry of brushstrokes, a spontaneity that is rather attractive. But looking at them in depth reveals more structure. They seem almost algorithmic. Slowly varying patterns of movement, colour and mark making. It’s a painterly routine that evolves through the course of each work and Musgrave paints the same scene more than once to fully investigate the subject.

Some of the works could be interpreted as landscape paintings, but in actuality are small sections of his studio, or objects contained within it. The interpretation of what he is painting, i think, is key to his work. He paints what he sees, as he sees it in his mind. The viewer is then subsequently challenged to interpret the painting themselves, to decide what they are looking at. It works like a chinese whisper. The emotional effect equally so. One always finds delight in how that initial whisper can evolve into something unexpected and unlike anything you might be able to imagine.

(this image from Supplement website)

Go on, pop down and have a look. My photos don’t do the work justice.


Till Aug 12th


Steve Bishop @ Supplement

Sometimes you walk into a gallery and very quickly realise that an artist has, in young person terms, “got his shit locked down”. This exhibition exudes confidence. Not in an arrogant way, in a beautifully formed way.

Firstly, there are his exposed domestic cubbyholes in the gallery, piled high with householdy ephemera. It’s almost as if behind the rest of the white cube is an old junk filled house that has been covered up by the pristine white plasterboard. A shorthand version of what Mike Nelson does, but just as good.

The other works that stood out for me were his t-shirt / mercury sculptures. He has squished some custom printed t-shirts into square glass vials and then poured mercury into them, sealing them off. Sounds like a health and safety nightmare. Without knowing you could mistake these works for paintings, those of an accomplished abstract artist who has spent years toiling in the studio to produce a canvas of such visual magnitude.

I don’t know how long it took Steve Bishop to conceive and execute these works in reality, but i like to think he didn’t labour over them. This sort of confident execution and lightness of touch makes me want to back an artist. One to watch.

Until March 11th.  I recommend you go see this one