I am curating a group show, Merge Visible, for Contemporary British Painting. Merge Visible brings together a group of British painters who layer multiple visual elements or processes, enabling the experience of seeing numerous fragments of information simultaneously in one assimilated painted image. The artists in Merge Visible each bring traditional painterly tropes into dialogue with experiences of reading space, material and subject in the digital world. The paintings are non-representational, removing distinctions of background and foreground in favour of an abstract flattening of space, a negotiation of complex planar relationships and contrasting materials. Their working processes are characterised by bringing together numerous elements in each painting; texture and flatness, gesture and control, logic and intuition, to create a unique painterly vocabulary.
The artists in Merge Visible are: Lisa Denyer, Ian Goncharov, Phil Illingworth, Sarah Longworth-West, Laurence Noga, Lee Marshall, Playpaint and Clare Price.