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Tomorrow (Gorse, Slate Grey, Payne`s Grey, Indigo)

2023

Ink on wall

225 x 352 cm

Tomorrow (Gorse, Slate Grey, Payne`s Grey)

2023

Ink on paper

96 x 153 cm

Tomorrow (Violet, Payne`s Grey, Slate Grey, Indigo)

2023

Ink on wall

97 x 107 cm

at Kingsgate Project Space, London

Photos: Josef Konczak

'Painting directly onto long drapes of rice paper within the space of the exhibition, Anna Schapiro creates a relationship between the performance of light (how the crests and folds and edges of the stained papers are illuminated as a rich territory of complexly nuanced surfaces) and liquid (how colour is not on, but in the substrate, and how that colour bleeds through to the wall as a kind of incremental seepage). In these works the action of light and liquid become like the action of looking. The looking happens onto and into the works, such that their material porosity and colour sensitivity echoes the ways that all paintings reveal themselves slowly through durational looking. Looking is a slippery mix of navigation, questioning, pleasured pursuits, returns, mental comparisons, cul-de-sacs, scale shifts, and so on. All of these things happen at the same time, and the longer we are with a work, these different emphases take momentary precedence, but then settle back into the multi-faceted looking-action.'

by Dan Daniel Howard-Birt



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