Marielle Hehir reviews the exhibition Treatment at PS Mirabel, on view through March 9, 2013. The show features paintings by Laura Jane Blake, Neill Clements, Terry Greene, Mark Kennard, Matthew Macaulay, and Richard Ward.
Hehir writes that "Treatment presents us a selection of current trends in abstract painting, with six contemporary UK based painters. The exhibition has been intelligently curated by Lisa Denyer, selecting artists whose approaches to the exploration of abstraction differ yet form a chorus of voices for our discovery. The press release states 'The title refers to both the physical act of paint application, therapy in the creation of work, and psychologically, making sense of the world from the maker’s point of view.' ... The mood of ‘Treatment’ is one of enthusiasm for contemporary abstraction. There are scatterings of references to the journey abstraction has taken so far; the Hodgkin frame in Greene’s painting, Clements’ homage to Carl Andre, comparison to Robert Holyhead’s experimenting with negative space. Clements and Ward abstract the process of painting itself and the exhibition shows us a future for the genre. "
Greene comments: "I’m engaged with drawing and allowing paint to be paint on the taught or loose plane of the support. This is the initial attempt to begin to open up a space for a dialogue. One piece generally captures and holds my interest and I concentrate on that one usually for the rest of the session. I'm not trying to resolve anything; I attempt to maintain a level of distance and ambivalence towards the painting. The practice is one of trying to be in the moment during the act of applying, removing and the adjustment of liquid colour over the surface - just being present that instant when some form of dialogue begins within each work."
Greene comments: "I’m engaged with drawing attention to the fact of the paint (or tape) on the loose plane of the canvas. Often tape is employed as little objects on the canvas while at the same time they are colour and light illuminating the ground. I’m particularly interested in exploring that moment between when the background and foreground don’t really meld or talk to one another and that split second that a real dialogue begins."
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