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Cost: Free of Charge
Alex Urie’s large scale paintings are the result of a physical process of brushing, pouring, dumping and flooding household paint tinted with oil paint onto an untreated surface of canvas or the more textured and porous surfaces of linen and jute.
Urie starts by placing the stretcher horizontally onto blocks on the floor. He then plans his work by drawing and marking on both the front and back before applying latex or binding agents in areas that will resist the liquid seeping through. Working initially on the reverse side of the final artwork means that when it is flipped over a residual, and sometimes completely unforeseen image is revealed. He then proceeds to work on both sides while the medium is still wet, building up layers of colour and texture as well as introducing more graphic elements, to compose a complex picture plane. Urie relishes the relationship between this way of working and that of printmaking or casting techniques, where certain elements of the outcome are unpremeditated.
This immersive process of making the work suggests that the resulting paintings are purely abstract. However, Urie employs personal photographs and random found online imagery (such as from Trip Advisor or You Tube) in the production of these compositions, all of which offers the viewer to pause and take a closer look at each painting. Employing a restricted palette of largely muted colours, through repeated motifs and the compartmentalising of areas on the surface, Urie creates perspective – interior and exterior space. The artist cites as his influences the distinct practices of Bonnard’s domestic interiors on one hand, and Michael Bauer’s frenzied surfaces where the canvas provides a ‘dumping ground for psychological debris’.
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