• Breakin' Up Is Hard to Do


    Curated by George Vasey and Ned McConnell.

    13.02.15 - 22.03.15

    “If you go, I’ll be blue-think of all the things we’ve been through”

    Breakin’ Up is Hard to Do is a group exhibition of new and existing works that dramatize the liveliness of materials. Through a particular focus on painting and sculpture, the work in the exhibition often uses abstraction as a vehicle for narrative, suggesting instability and flux. Work shifts between digital and analogue processes, with materials indexing social and physical temporalities.

    The exhibition has been assembled 100 years after Kazimir Malevich’s famous love letter to abstraction, Black Square (1915). The painting’s previously pristine surface is now covered in a filigree of tiny cracks; it is literally and metaphorically breaking up. Under the monochromatic black surface, a previously unseen figurative image is slowly emerging. This transparency reveals a persistent tension between the object and its image, between the cosmetic and immanent. To paraphrase Neil Sedaka’s 1962 doo-wop smash hit; is breaking up really that hard to do?

    The exhibition was initiated by Lucy MacDonald and George Vasey and has been co-curated with Ned McConnell. It will travel to the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland in Autumn 2015.

  • Nicolas Deshayes

    Cramps (5 Panels) (2014) Vacuum formed plastic, pigmented polyurethane foam and powder coated aluminium.

  • Alex Dordoy

    'Dialta Cuts' Silicone Rubber, pigment, Courtesy of the artist and Modern Institute, Glasgow

  • Philomene Pirecki

    Grey Painting: Text version 39 (2012), Acrylic Paint on canvas

  • Philomene Pirecki

    Image Persistence (Grey Text II) (2014) Colour c-type photograph, duraclear. Courtesy of the artist and Supplement, London

  • Patrick Hough

    Object Interviews (Part I) Object Interviews (Part II) HD Video: 5.14 (Part II)


    Credo quia absurdum est ( I believe it is absurd) Clay Pot, plinth, text panel, MP3 player, headphones Courtesy of the artist

  • Marie Towesland

    MI Window 1 (2015) Found glass.Courtesy of the artist