22 - 30 October 2019
The everyday processes by which surfaces are worn down, thinned or marked, puts a particular focus on visual materiality. Material in its different conditions and formations has here a particular unstable character, defined as on-going process, shifting, disappearing and distancing.
The exhibition explores the idea of erosion, collapse, constant change imposed on everyday objects and environments. The paintings in this exhibition deal with a slippery setting, endless ambiguities and its productive potential. In this instability, bodies seem to dissolve and images to disintegrate, leaving the viewer with a sense of ‘no pauses, no in-between’. Spaces and objects are bound to collapse, yet simultaneously something new emerges. The work contests assumptions of agency, control, and in more general terms, visibility. This underlines the nature of painting practice of being in and between processes, of testing and reflecting, and shaping states of change.
Christian Mieves is painter based in the North East of England. His paintings have been shown at exhibitions in Germany, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom. He has published articles in academic journals on issues of exoticism, heterotopias and the beach.
In Conversation Event
Christian Mieves & Matthew Hearn
Thursday 24 October 2019 6.30 - 8pm
Crown Street Art Gallery, Darlington
Fiesta MK2 starts out with a solo-show in a gallery where the idea of working otherwise is encouraged. Like any and all solo shows the process of installation is a ‘thing’ in itself, sifting through the sands of taste to fix the exhibition intent in situ. Making a clear choice about the work selected, testing and retesting the location of each piece, musing the exact where and how. What does the space allow? Does this work here? Does it work better alongside the red one? This one needs to be fixed on the gallery wall. Is this piece too high? These three hang free, it’s a must do. Installing a show urges a very particular ‘conversation in painting’ that can be a delight. The In Conversation public event invites visitors and guests to share this conversation through the mirror of their own concerns.
For further information see: http://mieves.info/