Ross Chisholm

12 May - 23 Jun 2012

© Ross Chisholm
Morant (Detail), 2012
oil on canvas
30 x 20 cm
12 May - 23 June 2012

IBID PROJECTS is pleased to announce its 3rd solo show by UK painter, Ross Chisholm, entitled Embassies.
In Chisholm's new body of work, the artist continues with his portrait/abstraction series, the original image being less visible than in works previous. Chisholm has developed a particular painterly language in the wake of his previous transcriptions of the society portraits. As if they were after-images of the historical works, where he has withdrawn the detailed processes of reproduction and left the residue of those practices to congeal into vaguely figurative abstractions. Using wide and thick brushwork, the traces of paint are blended along the way, emphasizing its liquescense. These abstract paintings are an essential part of the syncopation, the musicality of the work, as they unexpectedly turn into new formations. At the same time, they strengthen the abstract tendencies and references to surface of the figurative pieces.
Elsewhere are more minimal, intervention found image works. Some of which use found prints and paintings and are a continuation of themes of artistic identity and the limits and contingencies of works of art. For Chisholm, paintings have always been object-like, the surface of a work does not end at the edges of the canvas, but extend around the edges, down the sides and into the back. In works such as Untitled, 2012 (top floor), the framed canvas is reversed and framed again, the hanging wire of the work now visible. The surfaces of the work vary greatly from scratched, blurred and in some cases untouched. Many of the found works on the top floor of the gallery appear decayed, their surfaces aging and sometimes morphing over time, clearing the way for a new passage. For Chisholm, this process of decay and the process of reproduction means the image remains in continuous flux.
Ross Chisholm deconstructs notions of traditional portraiture by skillfully painting figures from found photographs and reproductions, and then interrupting them with visual breaks in the form of geometric abstractions, loose brushwork, and thick dabs of paint. His subjects are borrowed, singly or in combinations, from several distinct art historical and vernacular styles, in many cases 18th- and 19th-century grand portraiture, found holiday snapshots and slides from the 1970s and geometric abstraction. Chisholm distorts and isolates the figures in his paintings until a fixed sense of time and identity are rendered ambiguous.
Ross Chisholm (b. 1977) lives and works in London. Solo exhibitions include The Garden of Forking Paths, Marc Jancou, New York, NY and Grieder Contemporary, Zurich (2010). Recent group exhibitions include Pulsed (curated by Ross Chisholm and Simon Keenleyside), ASC Gallery, London, UK, The Library of Babel In and Out of Place, Projectspace 176, London, memories of the future, (curated by Laurent Grasso), Sean Kelly Gallery, New York and They Do Things Differently There, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh (all 2010).

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