Harding Bi-product Depositories
27 November – 19 December 2009
Thursday 26 November, 6–8pm
Mummery + Schnelle is pleased to present a project by Alexis
For the past six years Harding has been using the plain cardboard
covers of a 2003 catalogue of his work as drawing boards and
depositories for the bi-product of his studio practice. Now
numbering 120, these studies will be installed on one wall of
the main gallery space at Mummery + Schnelle. Collectively they
act as companions to the paintings made over the same period
and provide a unique insight into Harding’s thoughts and
In the beginning the catalogue covers were grounds for repeated
actions such as the sieving of paint from failed paintings and
cleaning the brush. Over time, a visual language evolved describing
the real time of the studio, the attempt to give an order to
its disorganisation and to its Modernist residue. Recurrent
motifs create a schematic illusionism - paint balls, towerblocks,
Islands, horizon lines, paint detritus, days of the week, paint
boulders, anthropomorphous perching gestures, paint growths,
heads, neglected aerial vegetation, paint excavation, signposts.
Harding’s exhibition will also include three recent paintings
that further illustrate the move away from the grid-like central
motif characteristic of his earlier work that was evident in
his 2007 exhibition at Mummery + Schnelle. There is a continued
exploration of control, failure and contingency in the making
of the work, but the grid has been replaced with a single poured
line, enlarged and distorted, that becomes almost corporeal.
The new series of broken line and arrow paintings engender a
deepening dialogue between the material and bodily act of painting
and the reception of it.
Alexis Harding was born in 1973 and studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths
College. In 2004 he won the John Moores Prize for Painting.
He lives and works in London.
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about Alexis Harding's work.
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