(detail) features the work of 118 international artists who have each selected a close-up from one of their paintings. These details are printed and displayed together to give both a tantalising glimpse into each artwork, and create a huge collage of images. The exhibition launched at H-Project Space, Bangkok in June, and now tours to Transition Gallery and on to The Usher Gallery, Lincoln.
At H-Project Space the exhibition responded to the unique setting of the gallery, a traditionally constructed Thai house. The 118 artworks fitted into the distinctive wooden framework of the walls, completely filling and transforming the space. The show will be re-imagined in a new configuration as it moves Transition, creating a show that is responsive to and transforms each venue. Seen on mass, the different artworks will became a form of collage. Connections between the painting details are deliberately made by the curator in the display, as well as being formed serendipitously. Viewers are encouraged to make their own associations and interpretations of the juxtaposition of images.
(detail) features a wide range of painters, from the well-established to recent graduates. Their work encompasses abstraction, landscape, figuration and conceptually driven practices and employs a wide variety of mediums. The reproduced close-up allows us to focus on the brush strokes, surface and minutiae of the painting. It is most commonly used in the art world in the pages of the exhibition catalogues or monographs. The idea of the detail is also something that is particular to the painters’ approach to both making a painting and viewing work in the gallery.