Paul Winstanley

Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, 6 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BT

© Paul Winstanley, courtesy of Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London

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.

© Paul Winstanley courtesy of Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London

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.

© Paul Winstanley, courtesy of Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London

This show has finished but there is another one. I would like to see it before it closes.

Containing The Possible, Main Gallery

Martha Rosler
God Bless America, The Box
5 July – 1 September 2012
Mon-Fri 10.00-18.00 Sat 10.00-16.00 

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