Keith Farquhar More Nudes in Colour

Studio Voltaire is pleased to announce a new large-scale commission by the Scottish artist Keith Farquhar.  The exhibition will be his first-ever solo presentation in a public gallery in London.

More Nudes in Colour cements an ongoing series of works marking a significant development in the artist’s practice. Each piece begins with paint being spontaneously applied to a naked model to create sometimes spectacular effects on the body’s surface which is then then photographed.  In-camera cropping leaves behind a torso reminiscent of a nude from classical antiquity; the randomness of the painted surface often emulating marble, woodgrain or other natural materials from which figurative sculpture is traditionally made.  The image is then fabricated as a life-sized cardboard cut-out (similar to those found in cinemas promoting the current releases) and displayed upon a specially made cardboard-box plinth, becoming what the artist calls a ‘flat-pack statue’.

Production starts in Farquhar’s studio with an appropriately eroticised and ritualistic series of actions, reminiscent of particular 1970’s performance practices which forefront the body as a site of engagement. Referencing both Yves Klein and Jackson Pollock in it’s painterliness, the work also evokes Hippy body painting and certain coffee-table erotica books such as Charles Gatewood’s Messy Girls! and Richard Kern’s New York Girls.  Those familiar with Farquhar’s work will note the trademark economy by which multiple, disparate references are impacted within one unified, elegantly realised solution.  With More Nudes in Colour, the distillation process is intensified within the flat-pack, kit formation of each finished piece: What begins with a wholly physical, messy and chance-filled endeavour culminates in a series of concise, dematerialised works that can literally fold away to nothing.

The project is made in partnership with two galleries: Tramway, Glasgow and Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea.  As the second part of the project, the artist will make a new offsite commission for Focal Point Gallery that will in some ways be context specific to Southend.  This will open in Spring 2011.  The exhibition at Studio Voltaire will subsequently tour to Tramway, Glasgow in 2011. 

Keith Farquhar (Born 1969, Scotland) is based in Edinburgh.  He has had numerous solo exhibitions including Crescent Artspace, Scarborough (2008); Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (2006); Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2005); NyeHaus, New York (2005) and Neu Galerie, Berlin (2005).  Selected group exhibitions include Hotel, London (2009); Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2008); David Zwirner, New York (2004); Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (2003).  The artist is represented by Hotel, London and Galerie Neu, Berlin.

Duration 01 October 2010 - 04 December 2010
Times Wednesday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm
Cost Free
Venue Studio Voltaire
Address 1a Nelson's Row London SW4 7JR, ,
Contact 020 7622 1294 / /

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