Fields of Painting
This paper will explore the way in which a number of contemporary artists are operating in the field of abstract painting. It takes as its starting point, Jan Verwoert’s essay and lecture, Why are conceptual artists painting again? Because they think it’s a good idea. Through that filter the paper looks at how abstract painting embraces experiences from everyday life, making connections to music, architecture, fashion, cultural histories, new technologies and the urban world. Typically, these artists are also interested in referencing and re-referencing historical genres and motifs. In addition, this discussion connects with a group of artists who fall under the provisional or transitive tag - artists who keep alive the idea of openness and potential in painting. The paper will look at a range of artists including recent art school graduates, current New Zealand painters and relevant international artists. It will also touch on a 2016 exhibition curated by Simon McIntyre, Painting: a transitive space at ST Paul St Gallery, Auckland.
Biography: Simon McIntyre
Simon McIntyre was born in Wellington in 1955 and graduated from the University of Canterbury, School of Fine Arts in 1977. He later completed an MFA at RMIT University, Melbourne in 1999. He was included in the Young Contemporaries Exhibition at the Auckland City Art Gallery in 1977, and held his first solo show in Christchurch in the same year. Since then he has held over 30 solo exhibitions and has been included in group shows in NZ, Australia and Asia. Recent exhibitions include, 'Arrested Practice' at NorthArt Gallery, and 'The View From Here' at Tim Melville Gallery in Auckland. In 2016 he initiated, curated and participated in a large painting exhibition, 'Painting: a transitive space' at St Paul St Gallery Three in Auckland. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Visual Arts at the School of Art and Design, AUT University, Auckland.