22 January – 3 February 2011
Exhibition Opening: Saturday 22 January 2011, 10-2pm
The painting can push away the gaze as much as pull it in. So that looking can become a physical, self-aware activity. Bertolt Brecht developed the idea of ‘Verfremdungseffekt’ as a ‘making strange’ a deliberate act of detachment, distancing an individual from the emotional experiences that wear down their capacity for action. This alienating effect aids the audience in becoming a consciously critical observer but it also leads them towards a situation of ‘Negative Capability’….‘when one is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact & reason’. The paintings of R. M Phoenix are intertwined with these ideas of uncertaintyand responsibility. They are a process of exploration in a constant effort to re-order, re-frame and repeat relationships between reality and the manner in which it is being perceived.
Artist Edition: A 19cm x 13.5cm, handmade, 17 page book, 3 spot colour riso printed on 3 different colour sugar paper & bound in heavy burgundy card, with 2 riso prints & A4 exhibition poster. Edition of 40. Please contact either artist or Gallery for more information.