James White: Bodies

James White Bodies Blain Southern

An exhibition of new paintings by James White. White’s grey scale paintings explore everyday minutiae and hint at something that has happened or may occur. Fleeting moments from intimate, domestic scenes are paused, extended and captured by the artist in meticulous detail.

The references for the paintings are the artist’s own photographs; stripped of their original colour, the painting shifts focus onto subject and technique. Reminiscent of crime scene photography, ‘The paintings are forensic in the manner of their image-capture, the documentary-no-expense-spared monochrome…’1. Tightly cropped, they are suggestive of incidents beyond the frame, alluding to a human presence without depicting any individuals.

The subjects of the paintings, the metaphorical BODIES, are the drinking glasses that become surrogate participants. Half-full, half empty, bearing marks and traces, they are a body of evidence. The mundane setting they sit within gives the scenes an air of familiarity, they could be everywhere and anywhere. In a departure from his earlier works, White now fractures the composition to add a new level of psychological disquiet. This is seen in BODIES IV, where a single image is refracted, and elsewhere in composites of two scenes, different places and different moments. Suggesting emotional fissures they focus not on the relationship between the objects but on the people that are absent. The paintings become pieces of the larger whole as we fill in the gaps and impose our own narratives based on what is already in our minds.

Duration 22 November 2017 - 13 January 2018
Times Monday to Friday: 10am – 6pm Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Cost Free
Venue Blain Southern
Address 4 Hanover Square, London, W1S 1BP
Contact / info@blainsouthern.com / www.blainsouthern.com


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