Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, 6 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BT
It has finished now (30th June 2012) but there was work by Paul Winstanley at Pippy Houldsworth Gallery this summer.
The work seemed empty and somewhat ordinary, with unthreatening scenes of urbanity. From a distance, the photo- realism felt cold and predictable, but as I approached the paintings, the imagery started to shift. I experienced a kind of darting movement or a flutter, as my eyes focussed on the brush strokes. This was a surprise as I expected them to be more stable and flat. There are no defined edges to the forms, as they have been feathered out. The surface was meticulous, so had a rhythm to it and thus created a strange optical sensation. I liked his paintings, as I felt I was being simultaneously pushed away and enticed closer.
The work embodied a dreamy gentleness, depicting a bland expanse of neatly manicured parks with ordinary public doing ordinary things. However the self-absorbed subjects are expectant and watchful. The characters are about to turn, or something may just be about to come into view. The audience is a voyeur over a public space, where a fleeting moment can be scrutinised without worry for looking too long. The mundane becomes fascinating, because the audience conjures intriguing scenario of what’s to happen next.
The current exhibition is
Containing The Possible, Main GalleryMartha RoslerGod Bless America, The Box5 July – 1 September 2012Mon-Fri 10.00-18.00 Sat 10.00-16.00