GALERIE GABRIEL ROLT is proud to present ‘5’ an exhibition of recent paintings, performance-lecture, writings and video by British artist Paul Haworth. This will be Haworth’s first solo exhibition with Galerie Gabriel Rolt.
- 23 OCTOBER - 20 NOVEMBER 2010
The paintings, writing and performances of Paul Haworth form a personal exploration of the human comedy. Describing his attitude to art-making, he references Lawrence Weiner's statement that “Art is something human beings make to present to others to understand their place in the world.” Fetishism, gender politics, image-making, family drama are some of the topics handled within works that are fun, provocative and presented to the audience as a beginning for discussion and some independent thought.
His paintings are made of dense brushwork, brash colours and compositions which encapsulate elements of expressionism, graffiti, abstract and geometric art. ‘Heels’ shows a pair of women's feet in extreme high heels. ‘Heels’ investigates the way objects become invested with intensely powerful, occasionally surreal, notions by the transubstantiating force of the fetishist’s gaze.
As viewers we look to find harmony and logic in the colours and composition of a painting; and painters, consciously or not, create rules of how a painting is made. Haworth seeks to disrupt these expectations of consistency and stability in painting. The figures in ‘BAD BOYS, ANGRY MOTHER’ are each painted in different formal styles. Cartoony, graphic, classical and expressionistic means of representation clash both in the wider image and the representation of individual characters, within a person's hair, skin and clothes. The characters are based on photos taken by the artist of ‘guests’ on the Jerry Springer Show. The hysterical drama of the program makes for strong subject matter, and the visual lucidity of television lends itself to painterly description; by pausing the motion in paint, one gains insight into the framing, emotional manipulation and power of the gaze as constructed by the screened televisual image.