ERÄMAA | Alex Gough
Private View: 02.10.15 | 6 – 10 pm | Exhibition: 03.10.15 – 31.10.15
British / Finnish artist Alex Gough is a resident artist and an original member of the Block 336 team. His upcoming show Erämaa, the Finnish word for ‘wilderness’, showcases his recent large-scale paintings. Immersing the viewer within a destabilising perceptual field the work captures both the nearness of the screensaver and the distant memory of the natural world. This is Gough’s most recent investigation into what the experience of ‘wilderness’ might mean today. Materials and visuals and the relation between painting, perception and image are the cornerstone of Gough’s practice. Working with a limited palette, Gough makes his own paint and through this gains a kind of intimate knowledge of the viscosity and intensity of the painting experience. Exploring the limits of this process is for Gough analogous to a ‘wilderness state’ where no known foothold in meaning can be found.