Past Exhibition

  • David Tweedy - Return, Address Unknown

    Monday 19 May 2014 to Thursday 29 May 2014
    • David's paintings are de-constructions to help the viewer see, not so much in a clearer way but in an altered way that embraces qualities of both clarity and elusiveness. Fired by a childhood memory within a Catholic upbringing, this work uses ritualistic practice, the participants involved and the spaces they inhabit as a departure point. By direct reference to the implicit transformative power within liturgical practice, the isolation and exaggeration of forms is an attempt to enable extended potential for change. The use of repeating colour and form mirror the uniformity of ritual and also replicate some sense of recognition within a sea of confusion. The props of an intensely theatrical landscape now render their peculiar specificity as this departure point for continued exploration: their emphatic nature retained; their purpose less clear.

      Far from presenting some kind of propagandist 'Christian' art, and as a backlash against portraying easily read activity, the portrayal of symbol is de-contextualised and these newly imbued creations hover in mid air and ask more questions than provide answers.

      An interest in the Carnivalesque tradition in art history and its intriguing relationship to the controlling hierarchy in the form of the Church has helped inform this work. It has also influenced the decision to exhibit this work within a particular Christian setting; this anchorage within the particular was a challenge but also mirrors the co dependency of censure, restriction and freedom implicit within this tradition. It neatly reinforces the paradox of these two elements working together and is realised in the unification of content and setting. The resultant dialogue created should hopefully provide an acknowledgment of both original context and subsequent departure. It could also provide evidence of transformation through acknowledgment, rejection or subversion.

    • David Tweedy graduated from Newcastle University with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art in 2013. He is a painter and has exhibited in the north east of England, London and Vienna. He lives in County Durham and has a studio in the centre of Newcastle. David refers to the human form but also may use certain props associated with a social, political or religious event. He then through a process of abstracting elements from the original source removes traces of context that anchor the occasion within the particular. He tries to maintain a sense of ambiguity within the narrative by revealing and withholding information. Movement and stance, in the context of ritual interests him. His paintings are often recording one particular event through a re-ordering of photographic source imagery from archival data bases.

      "I always wanted to reorder and abstract classic depictions of religious based imagery with a more gestural painterly approach. These are located within an acknowledgement of an abstract expressionist style of painting popular in the 1950's/ 60's and also an interest in late medieval and early renaissance painting. The idea of freedom coexisting within boundary and censure has always interested me. These are an attempt to illustrate this classic paradox within the form of painting."