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Friday, December 27, 2013


BALTIC's Project Space, BALTIC39

December 12, 2013 – January 19, 2014.

RIFF is a painting exhibition that explores a sense of fluency and unity found in abstraction. Rhythm and abstraction converge in a choir of repeating marks, stock images, signature forms and colours. The exhibition installation seeks to evoke a holistic riff, a curatorial orchestration in which individual signatures and marks echo and repeat between the works on show.

RIFF includes works by: Tom and Simon Bloor, Fiona Curran, Daniel Eatock, Steven Emmanuel, Johannes Evers, Nadine Feinson, Tommy Grace & Kate Owens, Albert Irvin, ISLET, Peter Lamb, Andrew Maughan, Paul Merrick, Ewan Jones Morris, Flore Nove-Josserand, Ciara Phillips, Mike Pratt, David Sherry, Adam Shield and Thomas Whittle

RIFF culminates in a night of live performances by artist David Sherry, and by four-piece band ISLET with long time collaborator Ewan Jones Morris.

RIFF is curated by Matthew Hearn in collaboration with Thomas Whittle.

RIFF is part of RIFF/T, a two-part exhibition that explores and attempts to evaluate the current state of painting, through an investigation into abstraction and representation. Divided into sequential parts, a focus is placed upon the opposing themes of the harmonious riff and the discordant rift. The exhibition posits that contemporary painterly practice has moved beyond the canvas and incorporates a wide range of media from installation to video, all the while referencing, mimicking and pushing ideas integral to painting itself. RIFF/T seeks to highlight trends, facets and approaches particular to painting, today.

Part two of the exhibition, RIFT, curated by Matthew Hearn in collaboration with Sebastian Trend, runs January 22 – March 2, 2014.

Images courtesy of the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and the artists

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Words that transform, vibrate and glow: 13 paintings inspired by
the lyrics of Nick Cave
Emma Bennett, Daniel P. Carter, Nadine Feinson, Maggi Hambling, Florian Heinke, Sam
Jackson, James Johnston, Susanne Kühn, Concha Martinez Barreto, George Shaw, Dominic
Shepherd, George Stamatakis, Rose Wylie
Curated by Angela Koulakoglou
PRIVATE VIEW Thursday 16 January 2020 6:30-8:30pm
EXHIBITION DATES Friday 17 January – Saturday 8 February 2020
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CHARLIE SMITH LONDON is delighted to invite curator and collector Angela Koulakoglou to present Words that transform, vibrate
and glow: 13 paintings inspired by the lyrics of Nick Cave.
The exhibition was conceived over a year ago and its timing is prescient; Cave’s latest album, Ghosteen, was released with a
hallucinatory painting as its cover in October 2019. Unprecedented in their visuality and striking in their ability to conjure
apocalyptic landscapes, all the songs on Ghosteen are visions. As Cave embarks on a world tour in 2020, a conversation between
his lyrics and painting becomes all the more relevant.
‘I can’t write a song that I cannot see’, Cave once stated in an interview. Having started his career as a painter, he soon turned to
song writing and over several decades has produced a body of lyrics unparalleled in their consistent richness, unforgettable
imagery, and unique combinations of darkness, humour, despair and hope. Drawn from songs written throughout his career, from
the famed Peaky Blinders signature tune Red Right Hand to the early and more obscure Release the Bats, the thirteen paintings
included in this exhibition are testimony to the fertile but often unexplored territory that lies between the arts. Three of the artists
present are rock musicians: James Johnston was in fact a guitarist for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds between 2003-2008; Emma
Bennett is the bassist for Dear Thief; and Daniel P. Carter, who also hosts BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show, performs with metal group
The participating artists represent different generations, backgrounds, and ethnicities and they approach their art in different
ways. Each one has ‘seen’ their painting in Cave’s lyrics in a reverse trajectory to that of the poet. Connecting word to world, the
paintings in this exhibition occupy the space in between, opening up new imaginative possibilities. Deeply personal, unexpected
and moving, poetry meets image in these thirteen powerful paintings that stretch our sensory and spiritual boundaries.
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