Archive for July 2016
Once a year, in the summer, Hickster Projects holds a platform event in a remote, beautiful part of central Italy, near Siena. The aim is to show innovative and interesting new work in a context that differs both from the city based gallery and the artist-led space. This year’s exhibition, entitled Inherent Vice, features paintings by three artists Nicola Melinelli, Sue Kennington and Nancy Milner (paintings in that order in photo below).
‘Inherent Vice’ is a term used to denote ‘the tendency in physical objects to degrade because of the fundamental instability of the components from which they are made, as opposed to deterioration that is caused by external forces’. The reference then is to the instability of colour as a medium of communication. If we think of colour as a language, precisely what it communicates is difficult to translate. It continually resists our attempts to pin it down, to systematise it, to tame it. These painters choose instead to treat it with respect, not so much using it, either descriptively or symbolically, as creating contexts in which it communicates in its own way.
Melinelli’s disorientating labyrinths, Milner’s visual buzz as colours meet and Kennington’s surprise spaces, show off the medium in three quite different ways.
Nicola Melinelli (b 1988, Perugia, Italy) is an artist based in Bologna, He had work in MAMBO in Bologna this year and is represented by CARDRDE in Bologna, and A+B Contemporary Art in Brescia.
Sue Kennington, (b 1955 London, UK) is curating Hickster Projects and is showing at Yellow in Varese and in London with Saturation Point later this year.
Nancy Milner (b 1986 Barnsley, UK) has just completed the prestigious Abbey award at the British School in Rome and was shortlisted for the John Moores prize 2016
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