Painting by Numbers
19th March – 1st April 2016
Painting by Numbers is the first solo exhibition by Block 336 studio artist Georgia Sowerby. Held in the entrance space of Block 336, Sowerby’s large-scale paintings are made according to a set of self-imposed rules. Offering a framework and an initial structure, Sowerby then breaks and changes these restrictive guidelines as she sees fit during the process of painting.
Sowerby begins with a repetitive process such as cutting and stitching the canvas, sometimes bringing together different surfaces. Gesso is made by hand which is another step in her systematic approach to making; this is then applied and followed by the addition of a repeated indexical mark. This is a rhythmic process that the artist describes as being, “meditative, boring, restrictive and strangely freeing.” The initial labour at the beginning of the process incites monotony and therefore encourages further action and radical change. There is a certain mistrust and anxiety present in this methodology and practice which the artist discusses as being propelling.
Interested in the versatility of paint and it’s capacity to be something that can be variously perceived as: abject, cloying, absurd or lush, Sowerby’s paintings are investigatory and the resulting works are never predetermined.
RULES FOR PAINTING *
1. Allow space to breathe
2. Use anxiety as an impetus for further moves
3. Do not value initial moves
4. Just because certain paint works in certain places, do not assume it will elsewhere
5. Work under the (necessary) illusion of freedom. It is a true illusion
6. Work counter-intuitively, until it becomes intuitive, then reverse
7. Making is important, do not question why
8. Boredom is important, use it radically
9. Laziness is important, use it to make mistakes
10. Mistakes are important, do not rely on them
11. Use painting to eradicate your own ideas about the painting
* These rules are subject to profound alteration